Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Additional teaching places for Agricultural Colleges are Welcome in Meath

Deputy Regina Doherty TD today welcomes the announcement made by Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney that six extra teachers will be appointed to Teagasc Agricultural Colleges.

Over the past few years there has been a surge in the number of people applying to agricultural colleges. This surge has led to an exception to the Moratorium on hiring in the public sector and the Minister creating and prioritising six new teaching posts in Agricultural Colleges in Ireland.

Teachers will be allocated based on the needs of the colleges and class sizes.

“This is great news for those wishing to pursue a career in farming in Meath. Although Warrenstown College is now closed, the fact that there will be additional teachers available in other colleges throughout Ireland to cater for those interested in Agriculture is a welcome decision. The availability of educated skilled workers is key to the success and sustainability of the agricultural industry in Ireland.”

“The Food Harvest 2020 Bill has set ambitious targets for growth within the Agriculture and Agri-food sector and decisions like the one made today by the Minister for Agriculture will make these even more feasible than before.”

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