If you like working with plants, growing fruit and vegetables or are interested in garden design a career in horticulture may be for you. A course in horticulture could lead to employment in many areas including landscaping, nurseries, green-keeping and garden centres. It could also lead to work in fruit/vegetable production, floristry, education, training and many other related areas.
Kildalton is the only college with the facilities to train students on-site in the areas of commercial fruit and vegetable growing, nursery production, sports turf management including green-keeping, landscaping including construction, maintenance and design. Kildalton College is situated just outside the village of Piltown in the south-west corner of county Kilkenny. Set around mature woods, gardens and lake the college is in a wonderful setting with 150 ha of land. Students at Kildalton have the opportunity to learn from the extensive ornamental grounds attached to the college, which includes some trees over 200 years old.
Besides offering the Certificate in Horticulture (FETAC level 5) students also have the opportunity to go on to the Advanced Certificate in Horticulture (Level 6). Waterford Institute of Technology also provide a Bachelor in Science in Horticulture (Level 7) in conjunction with Kildalton College. Students can then progress to the Level 8 Degree in Land Management.
The horticultural courses at Kildalton are offered to any one over the age of 17. There is no formal educational requirement for entry. The student body is made up of school leavers and mature people looking for a change of career.
There will be an opportunity to visit Kildalton College at the horticultural careers day on Thursday, May 3. Tours start at 10am where potential students and career guidance counsellors can get full details on courses at Kildalton College.
There has been a large increase in the number of people seeking horticultural training in the past three to four years which has driven demand for places at Kildalton Horticultural College to its highest level in more than two decades. This is especially so in the area of fruit and vegetable production.
Apart from learning about plants students will also have the opportunity to gain practical experience with tractor driving and using a wide range of machinery and equipment for landscape maintenance, sports turf maintenance and vegetable production.