VTOS Boyle

VTOS creates opportunities for students to make friends, open doors and to improve their confidence and skills. It allows individuals to look into different career directions and often our students progress to third level education to explore career paths that they had only dreamt of.

The tutors who work in VTOS Boyle are all dedicated to the work of adult education and are committed to teaching their subjects in which they all are highly qualified. It is enjoyable to work with adults and to play a part in helping them to reach their full potential especially when those individuals unleash talents and skills that can surpass their expectations.

If you are interested in joining the VTOS course in Boyle contact us and we will be glad to speak with you about our course

Subjects on offer in V.T.O.S. Boyle include:

Business Studies

  • Communications
  • Work Experience
  • Business Enterprise
  • Art & Design
  • Bookkeeping – Manual and Computerised
  • Desk-Top Publishing
  • The Internet
  • Web Authoring
  • Word Processing
  • Spreadsheet Methods
  • Database Methods
  • Business Calculations
  • Upholstery Skills


  • Plant Science
  • Soil Science & Growing Media
  • Plant Identification & Use
  • Organic Production Principles
  • Food Crops

Horticulture: Croghan Education Centre

Are you interested in a career in Organic Farming? Enrolment for the Horticulture(Organic) Course in Croghan Education Centre has now commenced offering a Foundation Certificate in Organic Science, FETAC Certification and a choice of worthwhile career options.

The two year FETAC Certificate Level 5 course offered by Croghan Organic Excel Limited in association with Boyle VTOS Centre and Roscommon VEC, includes Plant Science, Soil Science and Growing Media, Plant Identification and Use, Food Crops, Organic Production Principals, Communications, Work Experience, Word Processing and Business Enterprise. It is the only FETAC Organic Course in the region.

Croghan Organic Garden was established in 1998, sponsored by Roscommon Partnership Company, FAS and Croghan Enterprise Company. The garden operated through a Community Employment Scheme and in the first instant focussed on creating local employment and promoting Organic Production and Environmental Awareness. Since then it has grown and developed and has received many awards including the ESB Environmental Award in 2001.

The Croghan Excel staff have developed the Croghan Demonstration Garden into an award winning outdoor classroom. Students also benefit from the additional Specialist Courses which are organised by the staff and the variety of different services which operate from it, including School Tours, Environmental Workshops and Marketing.

The Croghan Organic course is now well established and draws students from a wide area. The FETAC qualification provides career options including entry into Third Level Education and employment in the public and private sectors. For the self employed, the course is an important introduction to large scale or niche Organic Farming.

The course is of particular interest to young farmers or for those contemplating a new business venture. It is also available for those who have a natural love of organics and would like to become a little more informed.

Participants are required to have been unemployed for six months or engaged in a FAS Training Program or equivilant. The course is free to eligible persons and some travel expenses are paid. Students retain their Social Welfare Benefits for the duration of the course. Interested? There is also a Trainee Allowance of €20.00 weekly if you are 312 days on a Social Welfare Payment.

Further details and an application form are available from:

Donal J. Farrell (VTOS Co-ordinator), Boyle VTOS Centre, Old Vocational School, Marian Rd, Boyle
Telephone: 071-9663246
Fax: 071-9662183
Mobile: 086-8262825
E-Mail: boylevtos@roscommonvec.ie
Website: www.boylevtos.org
Office Hours: 9:30am-4pm Monday-Thursday and 9:30am to 1:00pm on Friday.


Bill Hestor, Manager, Croghan Education Centre.
Telephone: 071-9668963.
Office Hours: 9am-5pm Monday-Friday.

Secretary: Eithne Fannon