In addition to being a teacher at Castle Tower School , a special needs school in Ballymena, Ciaran is a part time farmer, raising Angus Heifer calves through to beef. Talking about his experiences on providing his students with the knowledge and skills they need to progress in the world of agricultural work in Northern Ireland, Ciaran stated:
"The course was fantastic and David was an excellent tutor. It was probably the best, most engaging first aid training that I’ve ever had and I’ve been attending first aid courses for nearly 30 years!
My students have all got special needs. We are a Special Needs school. They completed a level 2 land based studies course (same as Greenmount college) they also complete a wide range of Lantra skills based courses e.g leaf blower, hedge trimmer, lawnmowers, brush cutters, quad & RTV, manual handling, tractor, telehandler etc. The class are all leaving school this year many hope to work in land based, parks in councils, farms etc
The students really enjoyed the course. Hopefully I’ll get another group to complete it next year"
Ciaran recently hit the headlines after winning the ‘Unsung Hero’ category in the prestigious Farming Life Awards in October. The awards recognise excellence in agriculture, talent, and innovation in the sector. His accolade was awarded in recognition of his work with the young people at Castle Towers School, and for his dedication to training young people who wish to enter the industry.
“I wanted to share Global's ‘Farm Safety’ and teach pupils how to look after themselves and others – there are too many injuries and deaths from quads, tractors, and machinery accidents. I hope, in the delivery of this practical learning, I am doing a small part to both motivate and protect the workforce of tomorrow"
“Global's training has given me the opportunity to teach the students that there are only two ways to carry out a job, the RIGHT way, and the WRONG way. In class, and while working on the farm, my focus is on safety, and I always encourage the students to take their time and carry out tasks correctly, with the minimum risk to themselves and others"
“Hopefully Global's Farm First Aid training will stay with the students the rest of their lives, and help to prevent accidents or injuries in the future.”