A large number of students with their parents and guidance counsellors are expected to visit Kildalton College, Piltown on Friday, April 4 when the Spring Careers Day. Members of staff will be present to show students around and give a preview of life and the courses available at Kildalton College. Information on all Teagasc courses, including application procedures, maintenance grants and progression options, will be available on the day.
Frank Murphy, College Principal, stated there is now widespread recognition that the land-based sector can provide worthwhile employment and profitable business opportunities for committed, well-trained people. He has welcomed the increased interest in courses at Kildalton College, saying that “the growing awareness of the benefits of studying agriculture, horsemanship and horticulture reflects the very positive prospects for the sector in the future”.
Competition for places on the Certificate in Horticulture has intensified with continued growth in consumer demand for fresh, locally grown produce that is fully traceable. Consumers view local food as healthy, fresh and natural. These are among the factors that have seen the popularity of food crops courses at Kildalton College increase so dramatically. In conjunction with the Teagasc Advisory Service, Kildalton College has also been involved in the development of new horticultural crops and production methods that have potential for worldwide markets in the future. Students who attend Kildalton are exposed to these new developments.
Kildalton is the only horticultural college with on-site training facilities for commercial fruit and vegetable growing, nursery production, sports turf management, and landscaping, including construction, maintenance and design. Located within mature woods and gardens, Kildalton is in a wonderful setting for the study of horticulture and the grounds are used as a student training resource to increase plant knowledge, landscape maintenance and development.