Approval has been given for the development of two new national farm apprenticeships in a bid to tackle mounting concerns over labour shortages in the sector.
It is understood that the Department of Education and Skills has given the green light to the development of a Farm Manager Level 7 apprenticeship and Farm Technician Level – based on proposals submitted by Teagasc on behalf of the land sector.
The development of a national apprenticeship involves a 10-step process overseen by an industry based consortium.
It is understood that the farm apprenticeships consortium – consisting of John O’Brien (consortium chair), Frank Murphy (Teagasc’s head of curriculum development and standards unit) and Tony Pettit (Teagasc’s head of education) – met on a number of occasions throughout 2018 to progress the proposed Farm Manager and Farm Technician apprenticeships.
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