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D-345
Environment & Agriculture

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Certificates at this level are typically awarded for two years of full-time study after the leaving certificate or equivalent. Skills developed are mostly technical and vocationally specific, i.e. are focused on a specific career sector. National apprenticeships programmes are included in thhis level.

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The aim of the programme is to provide students with the opportunity to begin exploring the linkage between the science and the management of environmental systems, with a focus on application in the agriculture and food sector.


 
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Agri-food and Fisheries is Ireland’s largest indigenous industry. It collectively employs some 150,000 people with an annual output of over €24 billion. The agriculture and agribusiness sector is growing strongly, and there are further plans for expansion under the Food Harvest 2020 report. A key challenge for agriculture will be to increase production in a sustainable manner which does not negatively impact on the natural environment.

This programme will provide a strong foundation in science and environmental management, combined with specialist agriculture modules. It is run in co-operation with Gurteen College (near Birr) where a ten credit module will take place in first year titled “Farm Enterprises – Theory & Practice”. Some modules are shared with the existing LIT programme in Environmental and Natural Resource Management.


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Skills attained from the Higher Certificate would be appropriate for employment in technician‐type roles in a range of environmental management sectors, but particularly within agriculture and food. Particular skills valued by employers include basic laboratory and field skills, competencies in numeracy and computer packages, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). These skills may particularly complement the prior life and work experience of mature students.



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