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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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Bord na Móna Apprenticeship Programme 2017- 2018

The energy company is currently recruiting electrical apprentices

Irish energy company, Bord na Móna is developing new sustainable businesses and is currently seeking apprentices to help deploy 21st Century technologies as the company fulfils its mission and delivers a new sustainable future.

The Role: Electrical Apprentices

The Person: Candidates will need to have completed their Leaving Certificate at Ordinary Level completed, at a minimum. Candidates will also need to have attained a minimum of Grade D in five subjects (including Mathematics) and at least one of the following:

  • Science;
  • Construction Studies;
  • Engineering;
  • Design & Communications Graphics (Technical Drawing)

Proficiency in the English language is a requirement. Candidates who meet the screening criteria will be invited to complete a number of relevant aptitude tests. The results from these aptitude tests will be used to compile a short list for interview purposes.

Candidates selected for appointment will be required to pass a medical examination, including a colour vision test. Please attach your Curriculum Vitae including a contact number, e-mail address and details of your Leaving Certificate results.

Note: Failure to attach the above details will result in application not being processed. The selection process for this role will include candidate screening from application.

Video: Brian Kearney, Electrical Apprentice at Bord na Móna

Award: On successful completion of all assessments over a period of four years the apprentices will be awarded with a FETAC Level 6 Advanced Certificate which has national and international recognition and is a compulsory requirement for craftsperson status.

How to Apply: Visit http://www.bordnamona.ie/careers/application-process-at-bord-na-mona/ for more information. If you wish to be considered simply click the “Apply” on the job on the Intranet or enter the following link on your own personal computer: https://goo.gl/CEumH6 

Click here to visit the Bord na Móna website.

The CareersPortal Team

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