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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.

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Eircom announce 375 Apprentice and Graduate Jobs

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Eircom announce 375 Apprentice and Graduate Jobs

Wednesday, February 04, 2015 

Eircom announce 375 Apprentice and Graduate Jobs

Eircom has announced plans to hire up to 375 people over the next five years, through graduate and apprentice programs.

The company will mainly target technician and technical support roles as part of an €18m investment in new staff, according to chief executive, Richard Moat.

The new jobs will be divided into annual intakes of 75 apprentices and graduates over five years. 60 apprentices will train with the company while 15 graduates per year will commence a two-year course under the company’s guidance.

The Eircom apprentice program is open to candidates who have passed their Leaving Certificate. This year’s programme will commence in September and applicants will work as customer technicians where “the primary focus will be on the maintenance and repair of equipment in Eircom’s network”. Successful applicants will also receive a Level 6 FETAC Telecommunications Access Networks Technology Major award. Following the successful completion of each two year programme, “top performers will be offered full-time roles” with the company.

Eircom says that “top performers” in the apprentice program will be kept on, while it expects most of the graduates to be retained also. However, Eircom is also expected to see some technical staff retire during the same period of time.

“We are the only company in the telecommunications sector investing in people at scale, providing excellent sustainable employment,” said Mr Moat. “This is a key element in the ongoing transformation of the group. These programmes are an integral part of our growth strategy.

All of the 375 apprentices and graduates who come into the company over the next five years will be working as part of our team either on the frontline building Ireland’s communications network or providing innovative new products and services to our growing customer base.”

Eircom is currently expanding its fibre-connected broadband business in Ireland, The company says that it has passed 1.1m homes and business from an overall goal of 1.6m premises and that it will bid for the National Broadband Plan tender, a state-subsidised scheme that promises to connect all of Ireland’s rural 700,000 homes and businesses to fibre broadband by 2020.

Details of career opportunities with Eircom can be found here

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