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Agri Mechanisation Awards

Three awards in total to recognise achievement in the first year (2015 / 2016) in the Bachelor of Science (Agricultural Mechanisation) in IT Tralee. These awards were jointly sponsored by FTMTA and Irish Farmers Journal.

The award winners were:

Gerard Donovan -  placement sponsored by Cork Farm Machinery, Carrigrohane Road, Cork. - photo 23

Padraig Carroll - placement sponsored by Nunan Farm Machinery, Broadford, Co. Limerick - photo 22

Tomas O'Rourke - placement sponsored by Templetuohy Farm Machinery - Laois, New Inn, Portlaoise, Co. Laois- photo 21

All pictured with Graham McHugh, FTMTA President; Linda O'Mahony, Advertising Director Irish Farmers Journal and James Maloney, Machinery Editor Irish Farmers Journal. These students are now all in second year and on placement with their respective sponsoring machinery firms.

he Association has been heavily engaged in recent years on the development of a new training route for prospective service people coming into the industry. This has culminated in the introduction in 2015 of the Bachelor of Science (Agricultural Mechanisation) course in IT Tralee as a higher education option. This course has been developed in cooperation by the college and industry to deliver a program tailored to meet the requirements of the modern farm machinery industry for highly skilled service technicians who can deal with the rapidly evolving technical challenges of today's agricultural mechanisation technology. The first intake of students commenced the course in September of 2015 and this autumn will see the first year that there will be students at all stages of the degree program. The course is a mix of college based learning and work placement over three years with the student required to carry out a substantial body of online learning when on work placement.