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Teagasc Announce New Part-time / Work-based Horticulture Courses

The Teagasc College of Amenity Horticulture at the National Botanic Gardens, Dublin, has launched a series of new part-time / work-based courses for the horticulture sector. Four QQI Level 6 component awards will be offered in Sportsturf Science and Maintenance, Market Gardening, Nursery Stock Production and Landscape Design and Construction.

Principal of the Teagasc College of Amenity Horticulture, John Mulhern said: “These courses are intended for prospective students who are currently employed in the horticulture industry and who wish to further their career development in their chosen sector. These courses will enable the student to develop a greater understanding of the sciences underpinning their sector and will also help them improve their skills and competence at a practical level.”

These courses are offered at a time and in a manner to best meet the demands of the horticulture industry. Courses will commence in November in the National Botanic Gardens, Dublin and in January in Teagasc Kildalton College, Piltown, Co Kilkenny. Students will attend the colleges for a maximum of two days per week. The courses will be offered over a 16 week period during which time students will undertake a full programme of both academic and practical training. Students will also undertake an industry based project relevant to their chosen sector.

As well as providing the learner with a taste of 3rd level training in their chosen sector, these courses will equip the learner with the knowledge skill and competence relevant to the sector in which they are employed. On completion of these courses, students can undertake further full-time or part-time training, in horticulture by choosing from the range of Level 5, 6 and 7 courses offered at the two Teagasc horticulture colleges.

In addition to these courses for industry personnel, Teagasc are also offering two other courses at Level 5 on the topics of Plant Propagation and Plant Identification and Use. These courses are intended for those who have a keen interest in horticulture and who wish to improve their skills and competence in these very important areas.