Horticulture reaches many aspects of peoples’ lives, perhaps without them even realising it; from the food that they eat, to the flowers and plants they purchase for themselves or as gifts, to the gardens, parks and sports facilities they use for relaxation and recreation.
Horticulture is a significant contributor to the Irish economy with Bord Bia suggesting that the Irish Horticultural Industry has an estimated annual farmgate value of €380 million with over 6,000 employed in the sector (full time, part time and seasonal workers).
The hands-on and practical horticulture courses offered at ITB are designed to develop the knowledge, skills and practical experience needed to work in the dynamic and developing horticulture sector.
Many horticulture careers involve physical activity and working outdoors — so if you’re the active, creative, entrepreneurial type, who enjoys challenging and handson work; if you’re interested in biodiversity and the environment, how and where your food is grown and how parks and golf courses are designed and cared for, then you should consider a career in horticulture.
A qualification in horticulture offers graduates a wide range of interesting and challenging career options; previous graduates have secured employment in landscape design, stadia groundskeeping, garden centres and nurseries, organic and conventional food production, golf course management, parks and gardens management and teaching horticulture. There are numerous employment opportunities in Ireland and worldwide for qualified horticulturists. Many graduates have also successfully established their own businesses in these sectors.