Houghall Open Day, Sat 21st Jan 2012

Fri, 2001-04-20 01:00

Do you dream of becoming the next Alan Titchmarsh or maybe Mick Curran, Newcastle United Football Club's Head Groundsman? If you do, then a course at East Durham College’s Houghall Campus in Durham could just set you on your way.

That’s because the regional’s leading landbased training college offers specialist courses in horticulture and sports turf management – and, they are holding an open day so would-be students can find out more.

But, if you’d prefer to become say a florist or work with animals there’s good news for you too. The College runs a range of courses in agriculture, animal care & veterinary nursing, arboriculture & forestry, equine studies, environmental conservation and floristry.

As well as full-time courses there are a number of short and part-time course options available, with courses ranging from chainsaw maintenance and dry stone walling to horse riding road safety and first aid for dogs.

Houghall is also home to County Durham’s new Autism Spectrum Condition support unit, so families with young people aged 16 plus with ASC are encouraged to come along and find out more about the help on offer.

Head of Houghall Jane Pringle said: “This really is the ideal opportunity to have a look around the great facilities we have here at Houghall, and teaching staff will be on hand to provide visitors with expert advice and guidance.

“Also a number of our full-time courses do fill up fast, such as animal care, so the sooner you find out more and apply the better chance you have of securing a place for September.”

So if you’re thinking about a career, or gaining an extra qualification, in any of these landbased sectors why not pop along. The event will take place on Saturday 21st January, between 1pm and 4pm.

The Houghall Campus is situated on the A177, just south of Durham City Centre, near Shincliffe. For more information on the open day please call 0191 375 4710.