Our Horticulture LTI (Local Training Initiative) aims to provide a holistic adult learning experience in a caring and supportive environment. We are a community-based horticulture training programme aiming to promote social inclusion, personal fulfilment, improved wellbeing and progression. We strive to maintain a learning environment that is positive, nurturing, inclusive, fun and meaningful for our leaners.
Over the course of ten months our learners work towards a QQI Level 4 Major Award in Horticulture in the beautiful walled gardens of Ardfoyle Convent, Ballintemple. We maximise the potential of individual learner plans so some learners can receive extra literacy support while others work towards an additional RHS qualification. We partake in consensus decision making as much as possible and feedback is continually requested and acted upon. As a result of this approach, our learners feel ownership of their learning which increases their feelings of empowerment and self-efficacy. It also means that the course has developed over the past five years to a point where we are facilitating a leaner-informed curriculum design.