03 Mar, 2023

Assistant Programme Coordinator

  • Mount Congreve Gardens
  • Mount Congreve Gardens, Mountcongreve, Kilmeaden, County Waterford, Ireland
Contract Education & Training Horticulturist

Job Description

Assistant Programme Coordinator required to assist the Education Programme Coordinator in the delivery of ETB-funded LTI education programme in Horticulture at Mount Congreve School of Horticulture, based at Mount Congreve Gardens in Kilmeaden, Co. Waterford.

Responsible to the Education Programme Coordinator and Mount Congreve Estate Manager in the delivery of an ETB-funded LTI education programme in Horticulture, the Assistant Programme Coordinator will:

  • Assist in the coordination of a full-time WWETB LTI training programme at the Mount Congreve School of Horticulture, which is to be focused on the promotion of horticultural skills training for industry and focused on employment opportunities.
  • Maintain the outdoor training facilities and student garden areas while overseeing the delivery of horticultural and outdoor practical skills training elements of the training programme
  • Provide support to the Programme Coordinator in the administration of daily operations of the QQI-accredited training programmes, ensuring participants receive the required training to acquire a QQI Major Award in Horticulture (5M2546)
  • Implement delivery of QQI-accredited training modules in Horticulture at QQI Levels 3, 4 and 5 as required and in adherence with ETB Training Quality Standards and QQI quality assurance procedures for certification standards.
  • Support the Programme Coordinator to ensure smooth daily operations of the LTI education programme and maintain an ethos appropriate to adult learning and community training.
  • Delivery of assigned modules and certified training to ensure full compliance with all WWETB and QQI Quality Assurance policies, operating guidelines and training standards.
  • Assist in the day-to-day operations and maintenance of the student training gardens including management of soil, fruit & vegetable gardens, trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants; turf care; pest & disease; weed control; compost; path care, plant propagation

Essential Requirements

  • Have the requisite knowledge, practical skills and competencies to carry out the role.
  • A learner-centred and flexible approach to training and meeting learner needs
  • Proven experience working across practical applications of horticulture including machinery operation, groundworks, planting and maintenance skills and propagation
  • Hold an NFQ Level 7 (or higher) qualification in Horticulture combined with minimum 2 years experience in a working role within the amenity horticultural industry
  • Hold an NFQ Level 6 (or higher) qualification in education or training and a minimum of 2 years of experience in the delivery of horticultural teaching and skills training
  • Good organisational, communication and interpersonal skills and a high level of initiative
  • Understanding of the principles underpinning adult education and community development including empathy for working with adult learners from marginalised and socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds and those experiencing barriers to education
  • Competence in ICT systems, MS Teams, Microsoft Office, and a range of social media content generation platforms for course promotion.
  • Full driving licence 


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