On Monday 20 March at 7pm in the Enniskillen Campus, the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) is hosting an information evening aimed at informing students about the training opportunities available in agriculture.

Students can develop their skills and knowledge of the agriculture industry, while attaining a City & Guilds level two or level three diploma in work-based agriculture.

If students interested in agriculture secure employment and work a minimum of 21 hours a week in a Northern Ireland business, they could complete training through an apprenticeship scheme.

Apprenticeships are available to new employees or existing employees taking on a new role within a business providing them with relevant work-based training.

About the apprenticeships

Agriculture apprenticeships are delivered one day each week, with the remainder of the time being spent working with an on-farm employer.

‘Off-the-job’ training is split into two parts - students spend half a day in the classroom, with the other half dedicated to applying learning and developing practical skills on a local farm.

Entry requirements

Students who have not attained GCSE English language, mathematics or ICT at grade C or above will have to complete essential skills in communication, application of number, and information and communications technology as part of their apprenticeship programme.

Apprenticeships are normally delivered over two years and on completion of the level two apprenticeship, students can opt to continue their studies to attain a level three apprenticeship through part-time study.

Level three apprentices study either beef and sheep production or milk production and further develop their knowledge of animal health, business management, the environment, grassland management, housing and nutrition.

To attend the information evening, students need to register on the CAFRE website.

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