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Level II Day Release Courses

August 30, 2018

A qualification gained whilst working on the farm.”

The ApprenticeshipNI (Level II) Work-based Diploma in Agriculture offered by the College of Agriculture, Food & Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) provides students with a high quality education in practical job related skills while working on the family farm or on an approved work experience farm.  Courses are offered across Northern Ireland and are delivered by staff from Greenmount and Enniskillen Campuses.  Places are still available for October 2018.

Timothy Bruce is a current level 2 student in Enniskillen

The course is practically based and aims to help students develop a broad range of agriculture skills.  On-the-job training is supported by one day of class/instruction each week, part of which develops the students’ knowledge in areas such as feeding, breeding, health and safety, calf rearing, grassland management, animal health and husbandry operations.  The importance of record keeping is highlighted with students receiving guidance on medicine records, personal finance, basic banking and VAT.  During the second part of the day, students travel to local farms to obtain instruction and practice in livestock skills. The students will have the opportunity to become proficient in areas such as dosing and fencing.  Visits are organised to farms and agriculture supply businesses incorporating engineering firms, meal companies, sale yards and agricultural shows.

This course also offers students the opportunity to attend specialist “short” courses at Greenmount and Enniskillen Campuses.  Students can obtain certificates such as the PA1 Foundation Module in the Safe Use of Pesticides and Manual Handling.

Enniskillen group on visit to a zero grazing dairy farm in Moira

After successfully completing the Level 2 programme, students can progress to Level 3.

If you would like further information about the ApprenticeshipNI Work-based Diploma in Agriculture, please visit here or contact CAFRE at Freephone 0800 0284291.

Alternatively, you can view our short CAFREtv video below: