Want to further your horticulture education? Teagasc has some new courses

A series of new part-time/work-based courses are to be launched by Teagasc for the horticulture sector, the College of Amenity Horticulture has announced.

Three new QQI Level 6 component awards will be offered in Ecology and the Environment, Garden centre operations and Tree and Shrub management.

Teagasc says that this will complement the existing awards in Sportsturf Science and Maintenance, Market Gardening, Nursery Stock Production and Landscape Design and Construction.

The new courses are aimed at prospective students who are currently employed in the horticulture industry and who wish to further their career development in their chosen sector.

Students will develop a greater understanding of the sciences underpinning their sector, and will also help them improve their skills and competence at a practical level.

The courses will commence in November in the Botanic Gardens and in January in Kildalton College.

Students will attend the colleges for a maximum of two days per week and the courses will be offered over a 16 week period.

During this time the students will undertake a full programme of both academic and practical training, as well as an industry based project relevant to their chosen sector.

Principal of the Teagasc College of Amenity Horticulture in the National Botanic Gardens, John Mulhern said that as well as providing the learner with a taste of third level training in their chosen sector, these courses will equip the learner with the knowledge skill and competence relevant to the sector in which they are employed.

On completion of these courses, students can undertake further full-time or part-time training in horticulture by choosing from the range of Level 5, 6 and 7 courses offered at the two Teagasc horticulture colleges.

In addition to these courses for industry personnel, Teagasc are also offering new component award courses at Level 5 on the topics of Horticulture Mechanisation, Landscape construction and Maintenance, and Plant Protection.

Plant Propagation and Plant Identification and Use are already offered in the colleges as stand-alone components.

These courses are intended for those who have a keen interest in horticulture and who wish to improve their skills and competence in these very important areas.