Hundreds flock to ‘Grow Careers’ event at Greenmount

Some of the pupils who attended the recent Grow Careers Event at Greenmount Campus.
Some of the pupils who attended the recent Grow Careers Event at Greenmount Campus.
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To help grow their interest in the varied and exciting range of career opportunities that horticulture has to offer, CAFRE recently hosted over 300 pupils from 18 schools across Northern Ireland, to get their hands dirty at a Grow Careers experience event at Greenmount Campus.

With interactive indoor and outdoor activities this two-day event allowed pupils to see the fantastic facilities available at Greenmount.

Greenmount Campus Floristry Lecturer AnnMarie Grant demonstrates the art of floristry to pupils from Ballyclare Secondary School.

Greenmount Campus Floristry Lecturer AnnMarie Grant demonstrates the art of floristry to pupils from Ballyclare Secondary School.

These included the 11 ha greenkeeping and golf academy, modern floristry studios, dramatically landscaped walled garden, landscape gardening skills training area and the new state-of-the-art building for training in production horticulture.

Paul Mooney, head of horticulture said the event was a great success.

“It was a fantastic opportunity for the students to find out about the diverse range of careers and wonderful opportunities open to them within the horticulture industry. Feedback from pupils and staff was extremely positive,” he said.

Nigel Small, head of Year 11/12 at Sperrin College, Magherafelt, commented with surprise on the “wide range of careers available in horticulture”. Victoria Williams from Ballyclare Secondary School said “students were very much informed and inspired” and Donna Murray from Magherafelt High School called it “a brilliant event”.

Some of the pupils who attended the recent Grow Careers Event at Greenmount Campus.

Some of the pupils who attended the recent Grow Careers Event at Greenmount Campus.

To find out more about the great range of job opportunities in horticulture visit www.growcareers.info or www.facebook.com/GrowCareers. Details of all CAFRE horticulture and floristry courses, which are still recruiting for 2015, can be found on the College website www.cafre.ac.uk.

So if an exciting, rewarding, varied career with lots of opportunity to work outdoors is for you then why not follow CAFRE on www.facebook.com/discoverCAFRE and come along to a careers advice event at Greenmount Campus on Thursday 20 August starting at 7.00pm.