Tánaiste Joan Burton was in IT Blanchardstown (ITB) today to launch a major expansion of the Institute’s horticulture facility.
Speaking at the launch, the Tánaiste said: “I am delighted to see that ITB’s links with enterprise and policy makers has led to the expansion of the Horticulture facility. This investment of €1.25m will open new and exciting opportunities for staff and students alike.
“I know that you have been successfully delivering full and part-time horticulture courses, which have been designed in collaboration with private companies, enterprise, local authorities and industry representatives.
“I am delighted also to see that work placement is a significant part of the horticulture programme at ITB, with students securing placement across the industry. This gives them a taster of the business of horticulture and introduces them to major players in the industry, and more importantly leads to greater employable outcomes for graduates.
“In addition ITB actively promotes community involvement by organising work placements for their horticultural students in a number of local schools and the James Connolly Memorial Hospital.
“I hear that some students are currently working closely with Fingal Co. Council in the Shackelton Walled Garden project which is offering them a rare and unique opportunity to be part of a significant Irish restoration project. In the future this new horticulture facility could be pivotal in developing research opportunities for staff and students in horticulture.” (more…)