Agricultural Business Operations course open for enrolments

The North’s College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) Agricultural Business Operations course has opened for 2015/16 enrolments.

The Level 2 Certificate course will close at 4.00pm on Friday, July 24.

Classes for the course are to being in early October and will run for 20 weeks at of the three CAFRE campuses – Greenmount, Loughry and Enniskillen.

The classes will be sector based i.e. dairying, beef, sheep, crops, commercial horticulture and poultry, CAFRE says.

Applicants can book a place on the course on the CAFRE website where they can choose from a list of available evenings to do the course.

A range of evenings, Monday to Thursday will be available, however, choices will become more limited as classes fill up, it says.

The cost of the course is £150.00, payable to CAFRE Finance Admin at Greenmount Campus by Friday August 28.

The CAFRE Agricultural Business Operations (Level 2 Certificate) qualification meets the agricultural training eligibility requirements for the Young Farmers’ Payment and New Entrants Scheme, it says.

Enrolments received after 4pm on July 24 2015 will not be eligible for entry to the 2015/16 course.

CAFRE ‘Grow Careers’ Event

Manicuring golf greens for Rory McIlroy, developing new medicines, unearthing the stories behind historical gardens or getting famous football pitches match-ready are just some of the exciting career paths horticulture has to offer local students, the North’s Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill said.

CAFRE has invited 450 pupils from 18 schools across the North, to get their hands dirty at a two-day “Grow Careers” event they are hosting hosting June 23 and 24, at their Greenmount Campus.

We want to demonstrate to our young students that horticulture is where science, art, design and business meet.

“It is creative, changes with the seasons and transforms where we live and work into happier and healthier places,” O’Neill said.

“We want to plant a seed in their imagination about what the diverse range of career opportunities open to them within horticulture.

“From food production and plant science, to conservation, landscape design and the positive power of plants – there is something for everyone at CAFRE,” she said.