ITB is currently accepting applications for the part-time courses in horticulture on offer at the college, with classes scheduled to begin in mid-September 2018. The part-time programmes are designed specifically with those working in industry in mind and delivered by blended learning. Online lectures are delivered live each evening (normally two evenings per week) and are also recorded so that the students may listen back for revision purposes or if they were unable to attend the live lecture on a particular night. In addition, students are expected to attend ITB on four or five Saturdays per semester. The relevant reading material is also available through Moodle.
One example of a recent student success was Geoff Wright from Longford, a final year honours horticulture student who recently won a merit award for his company titled “grO2” at this year’s Student Entrepreneur Awards, held at NUI Galway. Geoff pitched his idea for a newly designed plant pot that has the potential to result in drastic cost savings for wholesale container plant nurseries. Geoff tells HC, “No design for a pot currently exists that is suitable for automated production at scale, particularly for low-value herbaceous plants. My plant production process idea brings the benefits to wholesale commercial production – an industry worth €26bn in Europe alone.” He went on to say, “The horticulture syllabus at ITB is very broad and contains many enterprising and entrepreneurial subjects that have contributed to my reaching the finals of the 2018 Student Entrepreneur Awards.” Call in to stand C1 to have a chat with the ITB staff about your future career in horticulture. More at itb.ie/StudyatITB/horticulturept.html