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Teagasc hosts first class of horticulture apprentices

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Sportsturf and agriculture programmes are soon to follow



9 November 2023

The Teagasc College of Amenity Horticulture at the National Botanic Gardens recently received its inaugural class of land-based apprentices. This group consists of ten horticulture apprentices.

Each apprentice, employed by an approved horticulture employer, will combine on-the-job training (80%) with Teagasc block learning (20%) during the 24-month programme. Upon completion, they will earn a QQI Higher Level 6 Certificate in Horticulture.

The first batch of sportsturf apprentices are to arrive this month at Teagasc Kildalton Horticulture College. Demand for this course has been high, and the 2023 intake is now closed due to full enrollment.

The Level 7 Farm Manager Apprenticeship programme will commence with its first group of apprentices on 4 December, and applications are still open. Eligible applicants must be directly employed by a SOLAS Approved Employer and meet specific qualification criteria. Upon programme completion, apprentices will attain a QQI Level 7 Bachelor of Science in Professional Sustainable Farm Management.

The Level 6 Farm Technician Apprenticeship, based at Teagasc Clonakilty College, is set to welcome apprentices on 13 December. Applications for this course are still being accepted. Apprentices will receive on-the-job training with a SOLAS Approved Employer throughout the two-year programme, complemented by online learning. Graduates of the Level 6 Farm Technician Apprenticeship will earn a Higher Level Certificate in Technical Farm Operations (NFQ Level 6).

Dr Anne-Marie Butler, head of education, Teagasc, said; “The new apprenticeships led by Teagasc offer a new and powerful learning opportunity for learners. We are delighted to work with SOLAS and the National Apprenticeship Office to deliver new land-based apprenticeships. We look forward to the launch of the sportsturf and agriculture apprenticeships and wish all apprentices and their employers well.”

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