College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise to host Virtual Open Days

CAFRE Director Martin McKendry discusses Virtual Open Days with CAFRE Student Recruitment Manager Deirdre Cooper

AT the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) they are currently unable in invite visitors onto their campuses due to COVID-19 restrictions but to ensure potential students and their families don’t miss out on the opportunity to find out about courses, you can view facilities and meet staff at a series of Virtual Open Days for those interested in studying at CAFRE.

Deirdre Cooper, CAFRE’s Student Recruitment Manager said: “At CAFRE, we offer a wide range of Further and Higher Education courses. These are based at our campuses at Greenmount in Antrim, Loughry in Cookstown and at Enniskillen.

“The Further Education courses on offer at Levels 2 and 3 are for students post GCSE (or equivalent) who are interested in a career in agriculture, food, horticulture, equine, land-based engineering, floristry and veterinary nursing.

“Our Higher Education provision includes Honours Degrees and Foundation Degree programmes for post A-Level students in agriculture, food, horticulture and equine.

“We also offer a wide range of Apprenticeship Programmes ranging from Level 2 to Higher Level Apprenticeships (equivalent to Foundation degree).”

Deirdre continued: “During our Virtual Open Day events we will take you on a tour around our fabulous campuses and show you the state-of-the-art practical facilities CAFRE has to offer at our three locations.

“Along the way we will meet students and graduates who will tell you about what it is really like to study at CAFRE and they will show you around the accommodation, restaurant and sports facilities.

“Lecturers will also be online to tell you more about the courses available and there will be information about our industry connections, placements and bursaries opportunities.

“Everyone is welcome to attend the virtual events including school pupils, college students, adult returners, parents, guardians, teachers and careers advisers.”

The series of Virtual Open Day events will be held on discoverCAFRE, Facebook LIVE and will begin at 7pm sharp on the following dates: Food – Tuesday, October 20; Equine – Thursday, October 22; Horticulture – Tuesday, November 3; Agriculture – Thursday, November 5; Veterinary Nursing – Tuesday, November 10; Land-based Engineering – Wednesday, November 11; Floristry – Tuesday, November 17.

Deirdre concluded: “If you are thinking about applying to CAFRE or require additional information, please contact us by email: or telephone 0800 028 4291.”

For more information, visit and keep updated @discoverCAFRE on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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