RHONDA Currie from Ballyclare and Emma Ross from Markethill are both final year students at CAFRE.
They say studying for the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Agriculture at the college’s Greenmount Campus has been a joyful experience with its combination of practical skills on the college’s farms, such as the hill farm at Glenwherry, theory and a year of industry-based work experience.
Rhonda undertook her placement at AFBI Hillsborough, and said: “This placement has allowed me to gain practical experience working in the industry while putting my learning theory into practice.
“I am very thankful for the opportunity to complete my work placement on a research farm which has fuelled my interest into dairy research.”
Speaking about other aspects of the course, Emma added: “The farm visits and study tour really made final year a great experience as farmers
were so open and informative.
“During the course I have enjoyed meeting new people and developed friendships with those
who have the same interests.
“In this time of Covid-19 restrictions, it is even more important to support the farming industry and we have both gained so much from this experience.”
Finally, both young women commented: “We feel extremely proud to be a part of the agricultural industry. In these unprecedented and challenging times we are truly inspired by the wonderful people working in the industry as they continue to produce food for the nation. As students, this has enhanced our existing passion in agriculture.
“We would encourage anyone thinking of a career in agriculture to consider studying at CAFRE.
“There are many exciting and varied opportunities within the wider agriculture and land-based sectors. We are both looking forward to completing our studies and progressing in this fantastic industry.