In excess of 3,700 learners participate annually in occupationally oriented Teagasc further education programmes and Teagasc linked higher education programmes with annual enrolments for these programmes being in the order of 2,400. Teagasc uniquely among education providers is substantially involved in both further education and higher education provision. The integration of agricultural research, knowledge transfer and education under the Teagasc umbrella bring core strengths and expertise to agricultural education.
The Level 5 Certificate in Agriculture is the core entry programme to Teagasc agricultural further education with typically 1,100 or more enrolments annually. Of these enrolments; typically 55% are for full time courses, about 25% enter distance education programmes and 20% enter part time courses. Three Teagasc colleges offer agricultural programmes: Ballyhaise, Clonakilty and Kildalton and three private agricultural colleges also offer Teagasc programmes: Gurteen, Pallaskenry and Mountbellew. In addition to ‘Green Cert’ programmes colleges also offer specialised advanced agricultural programmes at Level 6.
The higher education sector has long viewed Teagasc as an essential agricultural education partner given Teagasc’s fundamental lead role as a science based organisation for the agri-food sector. Teagasc partners with UCD and 6 Institutes of Technology in higher education provision
Teagasc Professional Diploma in Dairy Farm Management
Teagasc recently introduced a UCD validated Professional Diploma in Dairy Farm Management programme. This is a fulltime two year professional work experience based programme on Teagasc approved commercial dairy farms. This Professional Diploma also incorporates coursework and discussion group meetings with input from Teagasc leading dairy researchers, educators and dairy knowledge transfer specialists. Participants may also complete part of their work experience on suitable dairy farms in New Zealand. The minimum qualification entry to this programme is a Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Agriculture or equivalent. The programme is targeted at those seeking occupations as dairy farm managers, those seeking to enter dairy farming through partnership arrangements and those intending to return to home dairy farms. Further details may be obtained from the programme co-ordinator, Marion Beecher (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Teagasc has long been involved in horticultural education at the Teagasc College of Amenity Horticulture in the National Botanic Gardens and at Kildalton College, Piltown Co.Kilkenny. Teagasc horticultural programmes are recognised for their ‘hands on’ approach in developing a wide range of horticultural skills. Teagasc has redeveloped its Level 6 horticultural programmes with emphasis on 4 main streams: horticultural food crops; nursery stock production, landscaping and sports turf management.
Teagasc is keen to attract Level 5 graduates of other horticultural schools and colleges who may wish to progress to a Teagasc Level 6 programme. For more information contact John Mulhern, Principal at the Teagasc College of Amenity Horticulture, Botanic Gardens (email@example.com) or Ciaran Walsh Asst. Principal (Horticulture) at Kildalton College (firstname.lastname@example.org). Teagasc also partners with Waterford Institute of Technology in the delivery higher education programmes (Levels 7/8) at the Botanic Gardens and at Kildalton.
Equine Courses/ Forestry Courses
Teagasc Kildalton College is a nationally recognised equine education provider offering high quality practical programmes in horsemanship and stud management. Contact emails: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Teagasc Ballyhaise College provides Level 5 and
Level 6 programmes in forestry focussed at those seeking careers in the forestry sector. Contact email: email@example.com