Dominican Home Economics students learn about opportunities in the agri-food sector.
Mrs Liz Simpson visited school yesterday to meet with Home Economics classes to help promote careers in the agri-food sector. Liz is the Education advisor for the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise and is based at Greenmount Campus.
One of the key aims of the visit to the Dominican Home Economics department was to make pupils aware of the benefits of studying HE and sciences at GCSE level and the opportunities that pupils could avail of within and beyond Northern Ireland. She discussed with pupils in Year 9 and 10 some of the key challenges facing the industry.
Reflecting on her visit, Liz said: “It was a delight to engage with these young Dominican students today. I was very impressed both by their warm welcome and their levels of knowledge and understanding; they were also able to draw on knowledge acquired in other parts of the curriculum as they discussed rural issues. They provided answers to my questions on supply and demand, the supply chain and key issues in ways that I had never heard before! They were able to offer mature and perceptive comments on the role of the EU within rural communities and the potential advantages and disadvantages of EU membership.”
Liz Simpson is pictured with Ms Mary McNicholl, Home Economics teacher and some Year 9 Dominican pupils during yesterday’s presentation.