University College Cork welcomed Michael Creed, TD, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine to University College Cork recently to announce new funding for bursaries for the Diploma in Speciality Food Production.
Since 2005, UCC has provided education and training to more than 180 graduates, many of whom are successfully running small businesses in the artisan and speciality food sector in Ireland. In recognition of the importance of the sector, and continued support from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, UCC will continue to provide specialist education drawing on the expertise of both internal and external educators, professionals and practitioners.
During his visit to UCC Mr Creed commented on the relevance and importance of the Diploma: “Food Wise 2025 identifies the importance of actions to develop food business knowledge. I am pleased to see this Diploma is playing a key role in equipping students with skills to establish food businesses which add a further dimension to the Irish food story. The course content is reviewed annually to ensure continued quality and relevance and the introduction this year of a new module to cover Food Production and the Environment is in line with sustainability, Origin Green and Food Wise 2025.”
The diploma will start on 27th Sept and will run on a part-time basis until May 2017. The programme is typically delivered every three to four weeks, over two days (Tues and Wed) and consists of lectures in conjunction with practical demonstrations, case studies, site visits and workshops.
Application forms and more information can be obtained from Dr Angela Sheehan, firstname.lastname@example.org, or by visiting www.ucc.ie/en/fitu. The closing date for application is 1st September 2016.