Progression is also available through the Higher Education Links Scheme. Please contact the relevant higher education institute for further information.
Course Structure and Content:
Students spend 20 weeks on course work in the college.In addition, they complete a 16 week practical learning period on an approved training host farm. While most complete this in Ireland, there are opportunities for completing the practical learning period abroad.
I completed the Advanced Certificate in Agriculture (Dairy Herd Management) in Salesian Agricultural College because I had a great interest in dairy farming since I was very young. Growing up on a dairy farm, I knew there was only one thing I wanted to do for the rest of my life so this course was ideal for me.
I really enjoyed the practical side of the course, being out on the farm, getting hands on experience working with stock and machinery. The two placements were a real highlight for me, working with some of the best farmers in the sector and knowing they are people I can call on for advice or support down the line.
Some of the key things I learned during my time in Pallaskenry were good animal husbandry skills, good communication skills and working as part of a team.
After Pallaskenry, I went on to do the Professional Diploma in Dairy Farm Management in Moorepark, through which I met some great people and got to complete work placement in New Zealand.
I am now the farm manager here in the Salesian Agricultural College, whilst also farming alongside my family at home.
Advice I would have for possible students in the future would be to get stuck in, make the most of your time here and don’t be afraid to ask questions.