SETH Wilson, from Ballyhackamore, once an Ashfield Boys High School pupil in Belfast, has now swapped his city education for an outdoor horticultural classroom at Greenmount campus, CAFRE.
From a very young age Seth has enjoyed the outdoors and vividly recalls visiting Mount Stewart Gardens on the Ards Peninsula, exploring in his grandparent’s wonderful garden and watching tree surgeons make work look like fun as they skilfully used chainsaws at height in his own family garden.
During year 11 at school, Seth’s father found out all about horticultural courses at Greenmount campus and how these can lead into a range of specialisms. Knowing his son’s active personality and rugby background, he knew that the highly practically focused courses would offer Seth hands-on learning style he would really enjoy.
There was also the added bonus of potential progression to higher level courses. In September 2020, aged 16, Seth embarked on his horticulture journey joining the Level 2 in Practical Horticulture Skills course.
This course has been a really big shift in teaching style for Seth. Going from the relatively inactive classroom environment of most schools to the dynamic practical ‘learn by doing’ methods used at CAFRE has been a very welcome change. The Level 2 Horticulture course gets students straight into outdoor practical learning as they develop the correct techniques and learn the underpinning knowledge for a range of horticulture tasks.
It has been an easy transition for Seth, who has always loved just getting out there and doing it. He has found the support and training delivered by staff to be very positive and engaging.
When asked who he would recommend the course to, Seth’s very simple answer was “I would recommend it to anyone who wants to get out and do it”.
Seth has absolutely no regrets starting the course and has already lined up a full-time job in horticulture which he will start on completion of his diploma. He then plans to enrol on a work-based Level 3 course in Horticulture delivered one day a week at Greenmount campus, Antrim, to continue with his studies.
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