Certificates in Farming presented in Killarney
The presentation of Teagasc Level 6 Specific Purpose Certificates in Farming took place in Killarney, Co. Kerry on Friday 20th May.
The student of the year award went to Donal O'Sullivan, Kilcummin, Co. Kerry and was presented by Dr Anne-Marie Butler, Head of the Teagasc Education Programme. Speaking at the graduation, Dr Butler congratulated all the students who completed their Green cert. She acknowledged the support provided by the families and friends to the students while they completed their studies.
Dr Butler also expressed Teagasc’s appreciation for the contribution made by host farmers in delivering the Practical Learning Period (PLP) component of the Teagasc programmes. She said; “Since I joined Teagasc in October last year, I initiated a review of the Practical Learning Period (PLP), which involved discussions with students, host farmers, Teagasc staff and stakeholders. That review continues with consultation across all elements of the PLP. Adjustments to the PLP programme are being communicated to students and host farmers over the coming weeks with further consultation and recommendations to follow.”
Dr Butler continued; “I want to reinforce our appreciation of all our host farmers who accommodate students on their farms and within their households. On an annual basis, all modules delivered across the Green Cert programme are rated and scored by the students. Over repeated years, the rating of the PLP has consistently outscored all other modules. Like all relationships, there are occasions where a placement does not work due to a variety of reasons. Teagasc is committed to working with our students, hosts and stakeholders to ensure a positive learning experience for all.”
Majella Moloney, Teagasc Regional Advisory Manager for Kerry and Limerick, said; “Each student and their families can be very proud of graduating. The education and training received as part of this course will equip them to farm successfully and meet the challenges facing farming and agriculture in the future and take the opportunities that will rise.”