The Primary Industries are the backbone of New Zealand’s economy. In this programme, you’ll get out of the classroom and into the outdoors to discover the range of career opportunities that exist in New Zealand’s largest industry.
Get a taste of our region’s main primary industries of horticulture, aquaculture, viticulture, agriculture and conservation. There will be field trips to local orchards, aquaculture farms, vineyards, forests and farms.
You’ll learn a wide range of skills that employers in the industry are looking for. Learn how to ride quad bikes and use chainsaws safely; take part in pest control and forest regeneration; learn about fish farming research from the experts at the Cawthron Institute; discover how our vineyards produce some of the best wine in the world; learn about crops and horticultural sprays.
Time: 9am to 2.30pm Thursdays or Fridays
Location: NMIT Marlborough and Richmond (Nelson)
Pathways + Opportunities
- Industry Employment Apprenticeships and ITO Training
- Tertiary studies at NMIT in Horticulture, Viticulture and Wine, Conservation, Aquaculture and Maritime
- University Studies at Lincoln or Massey
Dairy Farm Worker
Health and Safety Officer
Salmon, Mussel or Oyster Farmer
Hayley’s highlight in the course so far has been learning how to use chainsaws. This wasn’t something she’d done before so she was quite apprehensive about it at first. “The tutors are pretty chilled but have a lot of knowledge and experience, so this gave me the confidence to give it a go”. Hayley says she has learned a lot and is now a confident user of a chainsaw. She’s also looking forward to the next module which is all about how to use and ride ATVs safely.
Next year, Hayley plans to return to school and continue her Primary Industries studies through the Gateway programme. She would eventually like to go and study at the Telford Agricultural College, focusing on sheep farming.
For Ayla the highlights of the Primary Industries programme have been the hands-on, practical activities and the chance to meet students from other schools. “I’m better at practical subjects and I’m also quite sociable, so Trades really suits me. Learning how to use chainsaws has been really cool. I wasn’t very confident at first but the tutors were encouraging and helpful.”
Ayla is looking forward to the next part of the programme which focuses on Aquaculture. “The programme has given me the opportunity to find out about industries and careers I hadn’t thought about before.”