About us

Like our industries themselves, Primary ITO has a long history. We’ve been helping people working in the primary industries to up skill since the Cadet schemes began in 1964.

Primary ITO is New Zealand’s largest industry training organisation. We offer nationally recognised, NZQA qualifications in twenty nine industry sectors.

We help more than 20,000 people every year gain the knowledge and skills they need for a productive and rewarding career in the agriculture, horticulture, water, equine, sports turf and food processing sectors.

Our trainees learn while they’re working and earning a regular wage. A big part of our role is the support and mentorship our training advisers give our trainees and their employers.

We work with employers and others in our sectors to identify, manage and promote training opportunities, and with schools to help students learn the basics before they enter the primary industries.

Primary ITO monitors the quality of training and assessment, both on and off the job. We contract accredited training providers who deliver courses on our behalf. We maintain positive relationships with industry partners like DairyNZ, Beef + Lamb New Zealand, the New Zealand Pork Industry Board and the Poultry Industry Association of New Zealand to develop and maintain relevant, up to date qualifications that deliver the can do skills the industry needs.


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