CAFRE set to host Virtual Open Days

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ALL SET: CAFRE Director Martin McKendry discusses Virtual Open Days with CAFRE Student Recruitment Manager Deirdre Cooper.

The College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) is currently unable in invite visitors onto campuses due to Covid-19 restrictions.

To ensure potential students and their families don’t miss out on the opportunity to find out about courses, view facilities and meet staff, it is hosting a series of Virtual Open Days for those interested in studying at CAFRE from September 2021.

Deirdre Cooper, CAFRE’s Student Recruit-ment Manager, said: “At CAFRE, we offer a wide range of further and higher education courses.

“These are based at our campuses at Greenmount in Antrim, Loughry in Cookstown and at Enniskillen.

“The further education courses on offer at Levels 2 and 3 are for students post GCSE (or equivalent) who are interested in a career in agriculture, food, horticulture, equine, land-based engineering, floristry and veterinary nursing.

“Our higher education provision includes Honours Degrees and Foundation Degree programmes for post A-Level students in agriculture, food, horticulture and equine.

“We also offer a wide range of Apprenticeship Programmes ranging from Level 2 to Higher Level Apprenticeships (equivalent to Found-ation degree).”

Deirdre continued: “During our Virtual Open Day events we will take you on a tour around our fabulous campuses and show you the state-of-the-art practical facilities CAFRE has to offer at our three locations.

“Along the way we will meet students and graduates who will tell you about what it is really like to study at CAFRE and they will show you around the accommodation, restaurant and sports facilities.

“Lecturers will also be online to tell you more about the courses available and there will be information about our industry connections, placements and bursaries opportunities.

“Everyone is welcome to attend the virtual events, including school pupils, college students, adult returners, parents, guardians, teachers and careers advisers.”

The series of Virtual Open Day events will be held on discoverCAFRE, Facebook LIVE and will begin at 7pm sharp on the following dates:

n Equine, Thursday, October 22;

n Horticulture, Tuesday, November 3;

n Agriculture, Thursday, November 5;

n Veterinary Nursing, Tuesday, November 10;

Land-based Engineering, Wednesday, Nov-ember 11;

n Floristry, Tuesday, November 17;

n Food open day has already taken place

Deirdre concluded: “If you are thinking about applying to CAFRE or require additional information, please contact us by email: enquiries@cafre.ac.uk or telephone 0800 028 4291.”

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