Agriculture

Study for an exciting career in agriculture in a wide range of certificate and diploma programmes in New Zealand’s premium agriculture region. There are new programmes under development, contact us if you don't find what you want.

Get a taste of fencing in NZ

The New Zealand fencing industry is in need of more fencers – this could be you!

This free, 2 week short course will provide you with core skills and knowledge that will enable you to get a job in the fencing industry.

You will stay at UCOL Taratahi in the Wairarapa for 12 nights and be provided with full accommodation and food. During your stay you will learn the practical aspects of the rural sector, particularly fencing.

When you have finished the course, you will have the skills and knowledge to be able to carry out day to day fencing tasks, including designing fences, fencing tools and wire specifications; strainer and support material selection, footings and how to wire a foot; tool maintenance, chainsaws, staple guns, post hole borers; installation of gates and rails; fence specifications and pricing.

If you are looking for an opportunity to upskill, get a job or change jobs then this is the opportunity for you.

Find out more or enrol now!

Get a taste of shearing in NZ

The New Zealand shearing industry is in need of more shearers – this could be you!

This free, 2 week short course will provide you with core skills and knowledge that will enable you to get a job in the shearing industry.

You will stay at UCOL Taratahi in the Wairarapa for 12 nights and be provided with full accommodation and food. During your stay you will learn the practical aspects of the rural sector, particularly shearing and wool handling.

When you have finished the course, you will have the skills and knowledge to be able to carry out day to day tasks within a wool shed (such as setting up for shearing, wool handling and pressing, first aid and health and safety) efficiently with the minimum of supervision.

If you are looking for an opportunity to upskill, get a job or change jobs then this is the opportunity for you.

Find out more or enrol now

Free "On the Land" Tasters

Enrol now to experience life on the land with our selection of taster course. Choose from a 1 week ‘on the land’ taster course, 2 weeks of more sector specific training, or a 6 Week Ag Contracting option.

Find your place in the future of Food and Fibre

Let’s face it, times can be tough. We’ve all been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic in some way, and we know that some people are out of work and need help to find jobs. We also know that some people will need to re-train.

New Zealand’s Food and Fibre sector need more than 50,000 jobs filled by 2025. If you are interested in helping to fill those jobs, we want you to join us. Training providers UCOL and EIT together with those working in the sector, are rising to the challenge and are offering a unique free taste of what the Food and Fibre sector has to offer.

That’s why we’ve come up with a variety of ‘on the land’ taster courses that leads to great career opportunities for you, right now!

And what’s more, all courses including food and accommodation are FREE!

General information about the taster courses

Currently there are four courses that let you experience a range of activities in the primary sector so you can decide if you wish to pursue a career in this sector.

What do they include?
An overview of essential information about the primary sector and a variety of short experiences from working with animals to fencing, farm vehicle operation and maintenance.

Where are they held?
They are held at Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre, 529 Cornwall Road, Masterton.

How much do they cost?
The training for all taster courses FREE, including accommodation and meals Monday to Friday. You are welcome to stay for the weekends and
self-cater. You need to make your own way to Taratahi.

What are employers looking for?
Great work ethic and attitude, ability to read and write, effective communication skills, willingness to work and learn new skills, prioritise health and safety, able to complete work on own and with teams, nutrition, hydration and being able to look after oneself is also important.

What drivers licence do I need?
You should hold a full class 1 drivers licence (for the Ag Contracting option). Other driver training will be provided.

1 week taster course option

This is an introduction to ignite your taste buds and see if you want to go further. It includes visits to local farms and industries, and an introduction to:

  • Overview of the industry and job opportunities
  • Operating farm vehicles
  • Fencing
  • Pasture management
  • Farm animals

2 week taster course options

Dairy Farming

A career in dairy is rewarding! You’ll be part of a great team, spend time outdoors working with animals, plus many opportunities to learn and grow on the job.

This 2 week course will give you hands-on experience learning some of the basics of working with animals and staying safe on the farm.

Beekeeping

Have you ever thought about working with bees? The apiculture industry has expanded in recent years and demand for NZ honey is growing. Now is your chance to learn the basics.

6 week taster course option

Ag Contracting

Rural contractors carry out a broad range of activities including:

  • Working with tractors, harvesters, vehicles and a wide variety of equipment
  • Working and communicating with all types of farmers and their staff
  • Land cultivation
  • Planting, maintaining crops and harvesting
  • Rural earthmoving
  • A wide variety of activities designed to support the farmer
  • Facing new challenges in different circumstances and locations almost every day.

I’m keen - what’s next?

Send us your registration of interest to enquiry@ucol.ac.nz or by phoning 0800 GO UCOL (0800468265).

 

 

Facilities

Otatara and EIT Training Farm

 Students establish basic skills in fencing, agri-vehicles and stock handling on this farm due to it being located right on campus. The farm encompasses a woolshed and yards enabling students to develop their stock handling and animal health knowledge. Otatara farm is adjacent to this and provides extra land for breeding ewes with the offspring farmed for sale.

ADB Williams Trust

ADB Williams Trust is a 1321ha effective operation with the main farm located at Otope 12km south east of Dannevirke. It is supported by a 381ha effective summer-safe block located at Coonoor 30-minues southeast of Otope. The Trust has a mandate to support charitable purposes and in particular training and education for people in agriculture. 

Please feel free to make an appointment to discuss your study options. You can meet with our staff in person at our Hawke’s Bay or Tairāwhiti campuses, or simply give us a call on 0800 22 55 348. And, you’re most welcome to visit EIT to view our facilities at any time.