CAFRE’s ‘can do’ attitude is a boost to prospective students

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MANAGER: Deirdre Cooper is the manager of CAFRE’s School Recruitment Team and is looking forward to hearing from prospective students.

THE College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) is encouraging prospective students to apply for its array of educational programmes in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.

CAFRE switched to delivering its courses, business support initiatives and training programmes remotely last month as the guidance on social distancing was put in place. But, in keeping with the college’s strong reputation for innovation in all aspects of its business, it was able to switch to remote services easily.

This ‘can do’ approach has also been adopted by the CAFRE team responsible for showcasing what the college has on offer to prospective new recruits.

Deirdre Cooper manages CAFRE’s Schools Recruitment Team and she said: “We just wanted to let everyone know that although we are delivering our material away from our three campuses at the moment, we are still very much welcoming new applicants to our courses.

“Normally at this time of year my team and I are busy visiting schools and speaking to Year 10s about their subject choices for GCSE as well as attending career conventions. We’d also be preparing to be at the Balmoral Show and Garden Show Ireland to showcase what CAFRE has to offer. Sadly, that’s not to be this year.

“Things have changed dramatically for us and everyone else in the last few weeks because of the lockdown. We’ve adjusted to the new experience of working from home and are now very familiar with the connection methods that we’ve talked about using for years.

“Our meetings with careers teachers, prospective students are all conducted through social media, email and we are moving towards using online presentations and webinars and virtual tours of the CAFRE sites.

“So, whilst our Schools Recruitment Team is not out and about at the moment, we are still very much able to connect with potential new students. As said, applications are open and those interested in Certificate and Diploma courses post-GCSE can apply online through the CAFRE website at

“Applications for degree courses through UCAS as a late applicant and then through the clearing system.

“We look forward to hearing from you and we’re at hand to help you in any way we can.”

If you have any questions the Schools Recruitment Team is available through and Freephone 0800 028 4291 or by personal messaging on the Facebook page. Please feel free to contact us – we would love to hear from you.


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