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New horticulture apprenticeship open for applications

Two-year apprenticeship programme will welcome its first group of apprentices and employers in September



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17 August 2023

A new apprenticeship in horticulture is now open for applications. The apprenticeship is available through the Teagasc College of Amenity Horticulture in the Botanic Gardens in Dublin.

The horticulture apprenticeship will equip apprentices with the knowledge, skills and competence to work in their chosen field of horticulture.

The two-year apprenticeship programme will welcome its first group of apprentices and employers in September 2023.

Two new farming apprenticeships have also been announced.

The Farm Manager apprenticeship creates a pathway to a managerial career in the agricultural sector, equipping the apprentice with the latest research and best practice management knowledge to successfully run a commercial farm business.

The Farm Technician apprenticeship trains apprentices to operate successfully within Irish farming systems, gaining skills in daily operations, compliance with industry standards and regulatory measures. Apprentices will be employed by commercial farm enterprises such as arable, dairy, cattle, pigs, poultry, sheep, suckler farm enterprises.

Anne Marie Butler, Head of Education in Teagasc, said: “The introduction of apprenticeships in agriculture and horticulture adds significantly to the Teagasc’s education and training offering to students.

“The apprenticeship route will open job and career opportunities for young people and we look forward to taking in trainee apprentices this autumn.”

IFA’s Farm Family and Social Affairs National Chair Alice Doyle said: “IFA welcomes the new agricultural apprenticeships which will provide a real and substantive career pathway for school leavers, those already working on farms and looking to upskill, or change their careers and get back to employment in new and growing areas.

“These apprenticeships will help to develop knowledge and skills within the agricultural sector and will help with labour shortages within the sector.”

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