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Minister Harris Announces New Farming Apprenticeships are Open for Applications

Minister Harris Announces New Farming Apprenticeships are Open for Applications

Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris TD has recently announced the launch of two new farming apprenticeships.

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.

Speaking at the launch, Minister Harris said “This is a really exciting development for both the education and the farming sector. These apprenticeship programmes will welcome their first apprentices in September. Embedding these programmes will be essential to securing the future of farming. This investment will ensure the next generation of farmers can access the education they want and need, while still working on the farm.”

The Farm Manager apprenticeship will lead to a Level 7 degree and will initially be available through the Teagasc Kildalton College, Piltown, Kilkenny, while the Farm Technician Level 6 will be available in Teagasc Clonakilty College, Cork and Teagasc Ballyhaise College Cavan.

An apprenticeship in Horticulture will also be available through the Teagasc College of Amenity Horticulture in the Botanic Gardens in Dublin. The horticultural industry spans nursery stock production, parks and garden maintenance, fruit production, vegetable production, landscape construction and garden centre operations. The Horticulture apprenticeship will equip apprentices with the knowledge, skills and competence to work in their chosen field of horticulture.

Each apprenticeship is two years in length and lead to a major award on the National Framework of Qualifications.

Additional Information:

The Farm Manager Apprenticeship is for those anyone who wishes to pursue a managerial career in the agricultural sector or existing personnel employed on farms to progress with their existing educational qualifications. The programme will provide the person with the latest research and best practice management knowledge to successfully run a commercial farm business. Apprentices on the programme will engage in an integrated programme of workplace training along-side traditional classroom and blended on-line delivery.

The Farm Technician Apprenticeship will provide individuals with the knowledge and technical skills required to operate within Irish farming systems. Successful completion of the Farm Technician Apprenticeship will see individuals gain skills in daily operations, compliance with industry standards and regulatory measures.

The programme is open to commercial farm enterprises such as arable, dairy, cattle, pigs, poultry, sheep, suckler farm enterprises. Apprentices on the programme will engage in an integrated programme of workplace training along-side traditional classroom and blended on-line delivery.

The Horticulture apprenticeship is for anyone who wishes to pursue a career in the horticultural sector or existing personnel employed in a horticultural facility that would like to gain a recognised qualification. The horticultural industry is extremely varied; it contains subsectors such as nursery stock production, parks and garden maintenance, fruit production, vegetable production, landscape construction and garden centre operations, and each subsector requires suitably qualified professionals. This programme will equip apprentices with the knowledge, skills and competence to work in their chosen field of horticulture. The programme has 6 streams within in and the apprentice must stay within the stream for the duration of the programme:

  • Fruit Stream
  • Garden & Parks Stream
  • Garden Centre Stream
  • Hard Landscaping Stream
  • Nursery Production Stream
  • Vegetable Stream