Brilliant day had by teachers at Greenmount
CAFRE in partnership with CCEA recently held a Teachers’ Horticulture and Floristry Insight Day following on from the very successful Grow Careers Event held at Greenmount Campus in June 2015.
The event was designed to increase awareness of the global nature of horticulture, its importance to the UK economy and the great range of rewarding careers, at all levels, available within the industry.
A large group of teachers from across Northern Ireland were welcomed to the event by Paul Mooney, Head of Horticulture Education Branch at Greenmount, who in his introduction said “It is worth noting that, even at management level, horticulture can offer an active, outdoor career, and it is no coincidence that recent surveys have found those employed in horticulture and floristry to be the happiest workers in the UK”.
Vivienne Bannon, Education Manager for CCEA told the group that CCEA are committed to supporting the Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) agenda through the Teacher Insight Programme which involves running a series of events that allow teachers to access the world of work outside school education such as the visit to Greenmount.
Horticulture Technologist Graeme Cross then gave an overview of the Horticulture Industry and outlined the great range of high level skills required by Horticulturists and the career opportunities available.
The teachers were then given the opportunity to see the fantastic facilities available at Greenmount and to take part in a series of short interactive demonstrations. On the Plant Science & Technology theme teachers learned about the economic benefits of mechanisation and technology for Horticulture. The Business, Production & Food theme looked at what was produced locally and the opportunities for import substitution. The Sports, Leisure & Green Space theme explored the highly technical world of Greenkeeping and Sportsturf management and for Health and Wellbeing the benefits of parks and gardens were demonstrated. The opportunities to be involved in Heritage & Conservation were explored during a visit to the stunning historic walled garden at Greenmount, while Art & Design covered Floristry and the world of Garden Design explored how design ideas were turned into reality. Teachers were also given a glimpse into Sustainability and Renewable Energies and the impact that they were having on Horticultural businesses.
During the day teachers also heard about how CAFRE students have built an enviable reputation in both Landscape Gardening and Floristry including the recent success of CAFRE student Jonathan Gill who won a Silver Medal in landscape gardening at the WorldSkills Final in Sao Paulo, Brazil, a technical parallel to the Sport Olympics.
At the end of the event Vivienne Bannon from CCEA commented that the day had been “brilliant and a huge success” and how she was looking forward to continuing to work with CAFRE in future.
For more information on Horticulture courses available at Greenmount Campus visit the website: cafre.dev
James Turtle from Ballymena Academy and Alison McErlain from St Patrick’s College, Ballymena, pictured with CAFRE Horticulture lecturer Keith Jeffers during a CCEA Teachers’ Horticulture and Floristry Insight Day at Greenmount Campus.
Teachers taking part in the interactive demonstration: Production & Food: ‘Grown Here not Flown Here’ during a CCEA Teachers’ Horticulture and Floristry Insight Day at Greenmount Campus.
Teachers who attended the CCEA Teachers’ Horticulture and Floristry Insight Day at Greenmount Campus pictured with CAFRE Senior lecturer Claire Woods in the Walled Garden.