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Greenmount Finalists Selected For Horticulture UK World Skills Championships

 

CAFRE students in horticulture have started the long journey towards the World Skills UK National Finals in Birmingham in November 2015. Five students have been nominated following a series of trials at the Greenmount Campus Landscape Skills unit. This year the selection event has been supported through the Find a Future programme.

The five students selected to go to the UK finals are James Crawford from Portadown, Noel Taggart from Ballyclare, Aaron Quinn from Portadown, Jordan Moore from Ballyclare, and Matthew Reid from Belfast. These five students will go through a gruelling series of selection events, including a landscape-build competition at the prestigious RHS Tatton Park Show in July, before eventually competing in the national finals at the Birmingham NEC in November 2015.

Gareth Dalzell, president of ALCI (Association of Landscape Contractors of Ireland) was the invited guest judge at the event, which was judged by CAFRE training staff, including World Skills trainer Johnston Shaw. Johnston said: "Hopefully some or all of these young students today will go on to compete successfully at Birmingham in the autumn, and they will be following in the footsteps of previous winners like Robert Wylie, Matthew Bradley and James Cuffey."

The National Finals take place over three days, with a complete garden-build for each competitor. The winners from the national competition may then be selected for the world finals, which take place every two years. CAFRE already has three past and current students in the squad for selection. This emphasis on practical skill is important to the success both in competition and in the field of employment for CAFRE students.


Aaron Quinn competing in the selection trials at Greenmount Campus.

From left to right: Henrik McGill, Limavady; Ben Duffy, Armagh; Matthew Reid, Belfast; James Crawford, Portadown; Alwynn Russell, Strabane; Aaron Quinn, Portadown and Noel Taggart, Ballyclare at the selection trials at Greenmount Campus.

Source: HortiTrends News Room