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We asked Paul Dowling from Teagasc to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Paul Dowling

Horticulturist

Teagasc

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  Paul Dowling
Ideally, try and get a job in the industry for a summer, or get a bit of experience before you go into it. You have to be happy with working outside, and doing physical work. If you are not prepared to work hard or are looking for a soft job, don't go into Landscaping. Design is very sexy at the moment, everyone wants to be a designer, a Landscape Designer. It's different on the ground, you have to be out there on sites in all weather and you have to make sure projects are managed well and you're able to muck in with everyone else. Biology is most important for anyone going into Horticulture or Landscaping as it covers propagation and helps with the identification of plant names, species and families through the universal use of Latin. Chemistry is also helpful as the use of various chemicals is a constant in horticulture. The chemical content and dangers of fertilizers, herbicides and insecticides in use in Amenity Horticulture needs to be understood anyone going into this business. Geography would be a relevant subject as well. Also, the simple things like having a full, clean driving licence, which can make you a lot more employable if you are trying for a job with a Landscape Conractor. This indicates that you are more mobile and can also drive a company van if needed. Be sure you're happy with the outdoor life. Having taken a Horticulture course will give you an advantage. However, it's possible to take a job first and study later, e.g. in IT Blanchardstown it is possible to study at night. I think you cannot beat doing the Diploma Course in the National Botanic Gardens because it is a good practical course which also covers all the theory and is invaluable for gaining plant knowledge.
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ESB Ireland Apprenticeship Campaign 2014 


Wednesday, March 26, 2014 




ESB Ireland Apprenticeship Campaign 2014

ESB Electrical and HGV Mechanic Apprenticeships 2014 are now open for applications.

ESB, Ireland’s leading energy company is seeking dynamic people to join the company to help them deliver their 2025 Corporate Strategy over the coming years.

ESB Networks Ltd. carries out the construction, maintenance and operation of the distribution and transmission electricity network in the country. This includes sub stations and the overhead and underground electricity infrastructure that are used to bring electricity to Ireland’s 2.3 million, domestic, commercial and industrial customers.

ESB Networks Ltd. also services and maintains a large fleet of light and heavy goods vehicles at various ESB locations throughout the country.

The ESB Apprenticeship programme will begin taking applications on Sunday 23rd March 2014.

Closing Date for applications to the 2014 Apprenticeship program is:

Friday 11th April 2014

Click ESB 2014 Apprenticeship Programme for details and access to the online application process.

Click here for more information on Careers with the ESB and Electronic and Electrical Engineering.

 

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