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Kildalton College’s annual Careers Day to take place next month

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School leavers, mature students, parents, and guidance counsellors are invited to attend the open day



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23 February 2023

Teagasc Kildalton College will host its annual Careers Day for prospective students to its courses in horticulture, agriculture, and equine on 3 March.

This event is the ideal opportunity for potential students to discover the broad range of courses available at Kildalton from Levels 5 to 8 and to explore student life at the college. School leavers, mature students, parents, and guidance counsellors are invited to attend the open day to see first-hand the career opportunities available through studying at Teagasc Kildalton.

Later this year, it will also be offering apprenticeships programmes in Sportsturf Technician Higher Certificate Level 6 and Farm Manager Level 7.

Kildalton College is the largest land-based college in the country with over 1,400 students currently attending courses.  The majority of students are studying on two-year Teagasc training programmes while the remainder are studying on higher-level degree courses linked to South Eastern Technological University (SETU) or UCD.  The well-established progression routes between Teagasc courses and higher education provides students on two-year programmes the opportunity to apply to transfer into higher education.  SETU offer several courses in conjunction with Kildalton College including agriculture, horticulture, agricultural science, and forestry courses.

“This year, we are delighted to see record numbers of females attending our agriculture courses,” said Time Ashmore, college principal. “Kildalton is a very diverse campus with students from all backgrounds and experience attending our courses. This give students a more rounded college experience when studying at Kildalton”. He continued by saying, “The addition of the new tractor and equine simulators in 2022 gives our students more opportunity to practice their skills and develop more competence while at the college and more experience when they go into the workforce”.

“This year we are excited to be preparing to deliver the Sportsturf Technician Apprenticeship,” said Grainne McMahon, assistant principal horticulture. “This will add another dynamic to the training we offer for the horticultural industry. We are seeing a change in attitude in society in the importance of our landscape as well as a shift in interest on where we source our food from and what can be produced in Ireland.”

The number of students studying horticulture on a part time basis has remained strong this year.   The flexibility of being able to study on a part-time basis allows many students’ to return to education allowing students to continue to work while completing their qualification. The college boasts an extensive commercial horticultural unit, offering students a perfect backdrop for supportive practical learning.  The Level 6 Horticulture Awards qualifies students for Green Cert status as trained farmers.

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