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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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500 construction jobs as BAM Ireland lands Bolands Mill contract

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500 construction jobs as BAM Ireland lands Bolands Mill contract


Monday, March 20, 2017 




500 construction jobs as BAM Ireland lands Bolands Mill contract

The new Bolands Quay development in Dublin is set to generate some 500 construction jobs with the selection of BAM Ireland as the building contractors for the site.

Clearing work at the site has been underway in recent months with construction scheduled to be completed in late 2018. The plans for the 1.7 acre Bolands Mill site include apartments, offices and retail units. When complete, it will have capacity for approximately 2,500 workers.

BAM Ireland is subsidiary of the Royal BAM Group. The company was selected by property consultancy firms Savills and Cleary McCabe, who are leading the redevelopment on behalf of Nama.

BAM Group employs some 23,000 people worldwide. BAM Ireland is the holding company for all BAM’s operating companies in Ireland which include: BAM Building; BAM Civil; BAM Fit-out; BAM Property; BAM M&E Services; BAM PPP; BAM FM; BAM Specialist Works and BAM Rail.

BAM Ireland employ over 2,000 people directly and indirectly. Current vacancies at BAM Ireland include opportunities for Civil Engineers, Building Engineers (Eng1), Trades and General Operatives (Oper1) and Quantity Surveyors of all levels, among others.

Click here for full details of job opportunities and current vacancies at BAM Ireland.

Read: Careers in construction provide options and opportunity.

The CareersPortal Team