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Teagasc Education Vision Conference – meeting future needs

Teagasc is hosting a national education conference on Tuesday, 5th June, in the Lyrath Hotel, Kilkenny. Teagasc recently completed an extensive consultation and review process in regard to future land sector education needs. It concluded that substantial transformation is likely across the land sector over the coming decades. New skills and capabilities will be required. The subsequent report, Teagasc Education Vision – meeting future needs will be launched at the conference.

Teagasc Head of Education, Tony Pettit indicated that the conference programme will outline: key Teagasc Education Vision recommendations, incorporate breakout seminars on topics including: workplace learning, lifelong learning, ‘smart agriculture’ implications, and gender diversity in land sector careers.  Damien O Reilly, RTE CountryWide presenter, will chair a panel discussion among graduates of Teagasc education courses regarding their education choices and career paths.  Well known broadcaster, writer and columnist, Dr Maureen Gaffney, will explore the importance of personal competence for young people taking up careers in a sector facing both significant opportunity and challenge.

Teagasc Director, Professor Gerry Boyle emphasised that ‘Teagasc, as the leading provider of land sector education and training in Ireland, recognises the vital importance of developing the capabilities of the next generation to succeed in a land sector where new technologies and sustainable farming pressures will be to the fore.’ Professor Boyle said; ‘’new approaches to teaching and learning will be required to enable land sector entrants to problem solve and adapt in a fast changing world. Learning is not just for the young however, developing lifelong learning opportunities and  professional development  routes for farmers and others in the land sector will be a greater priority for the future.’’

The conference is intended for farm families and the wider rural sector, including Teagasc workplace learning hosts; educators and guidance counsellors; and   wider stakeholders. It will be of interest to all those involved in agriculture, horticulture, equine, forestry and other land based education and training.

The conference is free of charge, but booking is mandatory.  Booking details are available at  http://ow.ly/6t2j30jUGvS