CAFRE is offering a number of equine qualifications at its Enniskillen Campus ranging from a Level 2 Diploma in Horse Care to BSc (Hons) Degree in Equine Management.
One of the courses offered is the Certificate in Forgework, commonly known as the Pre-Farrier course. Farriery is the shoeing of horses and similar animals. The course runs alongside the Level 2 Diploma in Horse Care over a period of one year. Students doing the Certificate in Forgework can achieve two qualifications at the end of their programme if successful – a Level 2 Diploma in Horse Care and a Level 2 Certificate in Forgework.
Due to the course running alongside the Level 2 Diploma, which includes a five week work placement, the forgework students get the opportunity to sample the working life of a farrier. The Pre-farrier students say this provides them with an invaluable opportunity which prepares them for what it is like working in the industry. The students often get to practice in the forge for their practical exam whilst on work placement, giving them more confidence and helping them to perfect the art of making a particular piece for their portfolio.
During the time at the college the students will be working in the forge one day a week. In addition they will get time to practice in the forge after work placement and coming up to the exam. The exam will consist of an online test, a portfolio and a practical examination.
Caolan Kelly from Craigavon, one of the Pre-Farrier students spent his work placement with O’Shaugnessy brothers in Newmarket. He said this was a fantastic experience and he really enjoyed seeing the skill and precision that is required to become a farrier. Whilst he was there he was able to attend a farriery competition where three past Pre-Farrier students were taking part. Caolan has now achieved his Certificate in Forgework qualification and is hoping to begin an apprenticeship.
To find out more about the Pre-Farrier course offered at Enniskillen Campus please visit the website at www.cafre.ac.uk or contact Enniskillen Campus on Freephone 0800 028 4291. A careers advice evening will also be taking place at 7pm on Thursday 20 August 2015 at Enniskillen Campus.