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Agriculture and Land-based Engineering students graduate from Greenmount Campus

Charlotte Moore (Ballyclare) was presented with the new Northern Counties Co-Operative Award for performance in Business Management on the Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Agriculture. Charlotte received her award from Paul Coyle (Northern Counties Co-Operative) and Joe Mulholland (Senior Lecturer, CAFRE)

Charlotte Moore (Ballyclare) was presented with the new Northern Counties Co-Operative Award for performance in Business Management on the Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Agriculture. Charlotte received her award from Paul Coyle (Northern Counties Co-Operative) and Joe Mulholland (Senior Lecturer, CAFRE)


The College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) hosted family, friends and industry guests to celebrate Further Education Agriculture course graduations at a ceremony at Greenmount Campus, Antrim.

 

In his address to students, Martin McKendry, CAFRE Director welcomed Special Guest at the ceremony, Cormac McKervey, Head of Agriculture at the Ulster Bank. Cormac has a long-established relationship with CAFRE, as an agricultural graduate and former member of staff. Now employed with the Ulster Bank the business generously supports the CAFRE student awards.

 


Mr McKendry said:


“Through our education, knowledge transfer and innovation programmes at CAFRE, we seek to support people entering and working within the agri-food industry. As you develop your career remain open minded and be receptive to developing yourself and enhancing your skills and qualification.


"Remember it is those who continue to learn and develop who will distinguish themselves from their peers.”


Alex Millar (Antrim) received the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs Prize awarded to the top Level 2 Technical Certificate in Agriculture student. Congratulating Alex are Dr Eric Long (Head of Education, CAFRE) and Cormac McKervey (Head of Agriculture, Ulster Bank and Guest Speaker).

Alex Millar (Antrim) received the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs Prize awarded to the top Level 2 Technical Certificate in Agriculture student. Congratulating Alex are Dr Eric Long (Head of Education, CAFRE) and Cormac McKervey (Head of Agriculture, Ulster Bank and Guest Speaker).


Alex Millar (Antrim) received the Moore Memorial Prize presented to the best overall student on the Level 2 Advanced Technical Certificate in Agriculture from his Programme Manager, Bernard McCloskey at the Greenmount Campus Graduation Ceremony

Alex Millar (Antrim) also was awarded the Moore Memorial Prize presented to the best overall student on the Level 2 Advanced Technical Certificate in Agriculture from his Programme Manager, Bernard McCloskey at the Greenmount Campus Graduation Ceremony


Congratulating the students he commented:


“Be proud of what you have accomplished during your time at the College because we are very proud of you. The qualifications you have achieved from CAFRE will always be in your favour, whatever industry you work in or wherever in the world you work,” concluded Mr McKendry.

 


Bernard McCloskey, Senior Lecturer delivered the agriculture education report. Mr Mc Closkey highlighted that 106 full-time students would be receiving Agriculture and Land-based Engineering qualifications along with a further 116 part-time students, he applauded them all saying:


“Today is the start of your career journey. You will now reap the rewards of your assignments, synoptics, exams and endless hours of studying as you embark on your career. It always amazes me to watch students develop. It is of vital importance that you have confidence in yourselves and your ability to do the things that we at CAFRE know you can. Along with confidence accept good advice, whether from those attending with you today or people you meet along the way.



Rebekah Evans (Desertmartin) received the Norbrook Cup for performance in animal health on the Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Agriculture at the Greenmount Graduation Ceremony. Congratulating Rebekah are James Flanagan (Norbrook Laboratories) and John Hamilton (Agriculture Lecturer, CAFRE)

Rebekah Evans (Desertmartin) received the Norbrook Cup for performance in animal health on the Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Agriculture at the Greenmount Graduation Ceremony. Congratulating Rebekah are James Flanagan (Norbrook Laboratories) and John Hamilton (Agriculture Lecturer, CAFRE)


“The friendships and memories from your studies at CAFRE will last a lifetime. These memories may come from study tours, visits to industry practitioners, practical learning on campus or from living at Greenmount Campus. Stay in touch with your classmates and staff through attending Alumni events at CAFRE.


“You are graduating from a course today but consider progressing your qualifications through higher level study, whether that’s a Level 3, Foundation Degree or Honours Degree course. Our world is evolving, both technologically and environmentally. It is crucial to keep up with the changes and remain at the forefront of your industry. Despite challenges that may arise, the industry's outlook is optimistic. Today as CAFRE graduates you are well-equipped to create new opportunities,” concluded Mr McCloskey.



For information on Further Education courses available at CAFRE, visit: www.cafre.ac.uk to discover A-Level alternative study routes or courses to help you secure a job in the agriculture and land-based sectors.

 

The Young Farmers’ Clubs of Ulster Prize for progress on the Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Agriculture was awarded to Thomas Smyth (Randalstown) by Stuart Mills (President YFCU) and Joe Mulholland (Senior Lecturer, CAFRE)

The Young Farmers’ Clubs of Ulster Prize for progress on the Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Agriculture was awarded to Thomas Smyth (Randalstown) by Stuart Mills (President YFCU) and Joe Mulholland (Senior Lecturer, CAFRE)


Sam Reid (Ballymoney) was presented with the Hall Cup for work experience performance on the Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Agriculture. Congratulating Sam are Robert and Helen Shanks, with CAFRE Agriculture Placement Coordinator, Laura Allen

 Sam Reid (Ballymoney) was presented with the Hall Cup for work experience performance on the Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Agriculture. Congratulating Sam are Robert and Helen Shanks, with CAFRE Agriculture Placement Coordinator, Laura Allen

 

Andrew Millar (Antrim) was presented with the Greenmount Association Cup awarded for overall performance in practical skills on the Level 2 Work-based Agriculture programmes by Philip Holdsworth, Senior Lecturer, CAFRE.

Andrew Millar (Antrim) was presented with the Greenmount Association Cup awarded for overall performance in practical skills on the Level 2 Work-based Agriculture programmes by Philip Holdsworth, Senior Lecturer, CAFRE.



Ian Kennedy (Collone) received the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs Prize at the Greenmount Campus Graduation Ceremony. The prize was awarded to the top student on the Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Agriculture course by Martin McKendry (CAFRE Director) and Cormac McKervey (Head of Agriculture, Ulster Bank and Guest Speaker)

Ian Kennedy (Collone) received the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs Prize at the Greenmount Campus Graduation Ceremony. The prize was awarded to the top student on the Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Agriculture course by Martin McKendry (CAFRE Director) and Cormac McKervey (Head of Agriculture, Ulster Bank and Guest Speaker)


Ethan McKee (Comber) was presented with the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs Prize awarded to the top Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Land-based Engineering student by Martin McKendry (CAFRE Director) and Cormac McKervey (Head of Agriculture, Ulster Bank and Guest Speaker)

Ethan McKee (Comber) was presented with the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs Prize awarded to the top Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Land-based Engineering student by Martin McKendry (CAFRE Director) and Cormac McKervey (Head of Agriculture, Ulster Bank and Guest Speaker)


Iain Perry (Kilkeel) was awarded with the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs Prize at the Greenmount Graduation Ceremony. Iain was top student on the Level 2 Work-based Agriculture programmes and was congratulated by Martin McKendry (CAFRE Director) and Malachy Morgan (Agriculture Lecturer, CAFRE).

Iain Perry (Kilkeel) was awarded with the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs Prize at the Greenmount Graduation Ceremony. Iain was top student on the Level 2 Work-based Agriculture programmes and was congratulated by Martin McKendry (CAFRE Director) and Malachy Morgan (Agriculture Lecturer, CAFRE).



Dylan Conn (Armagh) was presented with the Dale Farm Co-Operative Award for performance in milk production on the Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Agriculture. Congratulating Dylan is Paul Reaney (Farm Liaison Officer, Dale Farm) and Cathy Adams (Agriculture Lecturer, CAFRE)

Dylan Conn (Armagh) was presented with the Dale Farm Co-Operative Award for performance in milk production on the Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Agriculture. Congratulating Dylan is Paul Reaney (Farm Liaison Officer, Dale Farm) and Cathy Adams (Agriculture Lecturer, CAFRE)


The National Beef Association Cup for performance in beef production on the Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Agriculture was awarded to Joshua McFarland (Trillick). Congratulating Joshua is Phelim Savage (Agriculture Lecturer, CAFRE)

The National Beef Association Cup for performance in beef production on the Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Agriculture was awarded to Joshua McFarland (Trillick). Congratulating Joshua is Phelim Savage (Agriculture Lecturer, CAFRE)


Ian Kennedy (Collone) was presented with the National Sheep Association Cup for performance in sheep production on the Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Agriculture by Alistair Armstrong (Regional Chair, NSA) and Mark Poots (Agriculture Lecturer, CAFRE)

Ian Kennedy (Collone) was presented with the National Sheep Association Cup for performance in sheep production on the Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Agriculture by Alistair Armstrong (Regional Chair, NSA) and Mark Poots (Agriculture Lecturer, CAFRE)



John Mawhinney (Draperstown) received the NIAPA Cup presented for performance in animal husbandry on the Level 2 Advanced Technical Certificate in Agriculture at the Greenmount Campus Graduation Ceremony presented by Dr Eric Long (Head of Education, CAFRE)

John Mawhinney (Draperstown) received the NIAPA Cup presented for performance in animal husbandry on the Level 2 Advanced Technical Certificate in Agriculture at the Greenmount Campus Graduation Ceremony presented by Dr Eric Long (Head of Education, CAFRE)


Jack Purdy (Annalong) was presented with the ABP Award for overall performance in beef and lamb on the Level 3 Work-based Agriculture programmes by Liam McCarthy (Head of Supply Chain Development, ABP) and Malachy Morgan (Agriculture Lecturer, CAFRE)

Jack Purdy (Annalong) was presented with the ABP Award for overall performance in beef and lamb on the Level 3 Work-based Agriculture programmes by Liam McCarthy (Head of Supply Chain Development, ABP) and Malachy Morgan (Agriculture Lecturer, CAFRE)


Deane McCoy (Smithborough) was presented with the Redrock Cup at the Graduation Ceremony at Greenmount Campus, by William Richmond (Land-based Engineering Lecturer, CAFRE). Deane received the award for best overall engineering student on the Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Land-based Engineering course

Deane McCoy (Smithborough) was presented with the Redrock Cup at the Graduation Ceremony at Greenmount Campus, by William Richmond (Land-based Engineering Lecturer, CAFRE). Deane received the award for best overall engineering student on the Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Land-based Engineering course

 

 


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