Teagasc, the agriculture and food development authority in Ireland has received funding to hire additional staff to deal with the volume of candidates applying to do the Green Cert. The cert is an agricultural related qualification available for undergraduate and post graduate students. 20 new education officers will be hired in an attempt to deal with the high demand of people looking to do Level 5 and 6 agriculture courses. A spokesperson for Teagasc confirmed that the staff will be distributed to where the demand is most acute, in the northwest of the country. “These will be prioritised to the advisory regions and colleges where the education demand is greatest,” the spokesperson said. Some 4,000 people have already expressed interest in the Green Cert course. The staff are likely to be hired on an 18-month or 24-month contract.
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