The deadline for submitting applications for agricultural college Level 5 and Level 6 full-time courses is midnight on Sunday, 30 June, 2019.

Teagasc is advising interested applicants to submit their applications immediately.

Individual agricultural colleges will assist applicants with any queries regarding the online application process.

Frank Murphy, head of Teagasc curriculum development and standards unit, highlighted the need for a well-educated workforce to meet the changing needs of the land sector: “Agricultural education should be a priority for farm families. Agriculture, horticulture, forestry and the equine industry has changed rapidly over the past decade. With the increasing use of technology the next generation will require more knowledge and skills to adapt to change and become competent farmers or land sector employees.

“Teagasc research highlights the very strong returns on investment to agricultural education, both to the individual farmer and the wider agri food industry."

Economic growth

Economic growth is also opening up opportunities in other land sectors such as horticulture, according to Teagasc, with occupations in landscape and design, nursery stock production and retailing and sports turf management benefiting.

The tightening labour supply will also provide improved employment opportunities in the equine and forestry sectors, it said.

For horticultural courses, the online application closing date will extend to August 2019. Advice and guidance on the application procedure is available by contacting the relevant college.

Full details of Teagasc courses can be obtained from or from agricultural colleges.

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