Pilot course for people interested in farm work

Pilot course for people interested in farm work


Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

The Back To Education Initiative (BTEI) of the Limerick & Clare Education & Training Board (LCETB), in conjunction with the IFA will deliver a pilot course for people who have an interest in working on a farm.

It has been identified that there are employment opportunities in the farming sector and that there is a shortage of experienced people to fill these jobs.

The Preparing for Work In Agriculture course which will be run in West Clare (Kilrush/Doonbeg/Kilmihil) will be both classroom and farm based.

The course will cover Safety and Health on the Farm, Basic First Aid, Manual Handling, Good Farm Practice.

In May the participants will progress to a Basic Milking course , which will also look at other areas which potential employees would be expected to know – calf rearing, tagging, de-horning, animal husbandry ,putting up electric fences, dosing, feeding silage etc.

The course is due to begin in Mid-April and any queries can be directed to the BTEI Office in the FET Campus in Ennis, 065 6824819 or michael.j.ryan@lcetb.ie.

Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.