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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.

The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with clever technology. They will often follow the latest developments in their chosen field, and prefer mentally stimulating environments.
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Tipperary Skills for Work Week pre Employment seminar with TOPAZ

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Tipperary Skills for Work Week pre Employment seminar with TOPAZ

Tuesday, March 01, 2016 

Tipperary Skills for Work Week pre Employment seminar with TOPAZ

Feeding Ireland’s Future – Skills For Work Week

ECR Ireland (Efficient Consumer Response) in conjunction with Youthreach (a second chance at education) and Intreo will be hosting a Pre-Employment Skills Seminar as part of ‘Feeding Ireland’s Future – Skills for Work Week’ in Templemore College of Further Education on Friday March 4th 2016 from 10am-12pm.

Our assigned company for the seminar is Topaz who have agreed to work with us on this Pre-Employment Skills seminar and lend their expertise to guide both our Ceim Eile Youthreach students and our PLC students into suitable preparation for the world of work. The seminar will also be assisted by Intreo which is the Department of Social Protection’s employment and income supports service. Intreo will have personnel on site in Templemore College on March 4th also from 10am-12pm.

Now in its third year, Feeding Ireland’s Future is an initiative which has brought Irish companies in the retail and food industry together with the Department of Social Protection to offer pre-employment skills training to young people.

This year the initiative has been extended to incorporate Youthreach centres throughout the country, three of which are based in Tipperary, Cappawhite, Roscrea and Templemore with Templemore facilitating this year’s seminar.

Here in Templemore College of Further Education we see this as a very positive and worthwhile exercise in assisting many of our students to be prepared to access the world of work and in particular the fast moving consumer goods area which employs thousands of people in this country. We look forward to many of our students gaining handsomely from this seminar which will guide them towards their future employment.

There are many companies participating in this year’s initiative including Topaz who we are delighted to have as our assigned company and to have the opportunity to work with such a high calibre national operator. A list of all the other participating companies is located on our website .


The CareersPortal Team