We'll help you to grow the skills of your staff, with our on-job training programmes, support and resources.
The Government is committed to investing in apprenticeship training to support our skills pipeline in New Zealand.
Our Academic Integrity Team monitors the quality of assessment across the primary industry sectors we serve.
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If you’re interested in enrolling with us, this page tells you about eligibility, how to enrol, what support you can get, and more...
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Supporting professional development in the dairy manufacturing and meat processing industries.
Training, mentoring, and supporting learners, and connecting people.
If you’re interested in enrolling with us, this page tells you about eligibility, how to enrol, what support you can get, and more.
For most of our programmes, you will need to already be working in the sector. Your employer must also be comfortable that you’re training because they (or someone in the business) will play a key role in helping you learn.
Some programmes require you to have experience in the industry or specific workplace responsibilities.
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If you aren’t employed, check out our new to industry page. You will find some careers information and job search websites that are available across the primary industry sectors.
If you want to enrol in our training, talk to your employer first and make sure they’re comfortable with you training.
Once you contact us, we will organise a visit from one of our Training Advisers who will come to your workplace to discuss your training options.
Contact us to organise a visit or phone 0800 208020
If you are looking to enrol into a programme in any of the following sectors, you should engage directly with your employer who will work with our specialised Sector Managers to sort out your enrolment.
Meat Processing, Seafood Processing Dairy Processing, Energy and Chemical, Pest Operations, Animal Care, Equine, Rural Servicing.
There are specific training agreements for these sectors which can be found on the programme pages for each.
We help you and your employer to choose a programme that is fit-for-purpose, and equips you with the right skills, knowledge and experience. Then we’ll work with you and sometimes with external training providers to support you staff to complete your programme. We also help with assessments and ensuring all the evidence and learning modules in our resources are completed.
Training and assessment happen in the workplace, so you can learn on the job with real-world industry experience. About 70% of all learning takes place at work through on-the-job learning. The rest is made up of coursework, training, coaching, mentoring, and peer networks.
If you’re currently a high school student, you don’t need to be employed to enrol with us.
See what options are available to school students.
You may be able to get help to pay for your training.
Free Trades Training
Free Trades Training covers a portion of the training fees for most programmes from 1 July 2020 to 31 December 2022.
Our individual programme pages explain which ones are eligible for Free Trades Training.
Learn more about Free Trades Training.
If you’re a first-time learner, Fees Free is another initiative may give you up to 2 years’ free training.
Learn more and find out if you’re eligible for Fees Free
An apprenticeship in the primary sector is a fantastic opportunity to build your skills and knowledge while you’re working. We offer plenty of support to help you undertake your apprenticeship.
Learn more about apprenticeships.
We’re a dyslexia-friendly organisation and can provide support and resources to help you finish your training.
Learn more about our reading and writing support.
We can help you find online English lessons and direct you to your nearest English Partners, who can help you learn English.
We can suggest translation apps and direct you to Pathways Awarua, who can help you improve your basic English literacy.
You can get our training handbooks in English, Hindi, Samoan, Spanish, and Tagalog.
If you’re an international student, you can train with us if you have a written employment agreement and either a valid Work Visa or a valid Working Holiday Visa.
We'll help you to choose a programme that gives you the skills, knowledge and experience you’re looking for. Then we then work with your employer and external training providers to help you complete your programme. Once you’ve completed a programme, talk to your Training Adviser and your employer about other programmes you could pursue.
Our expert team can work with you to establish the best starting point for your training to match your experience.
You'll get access to an online portal linked to our training data system. This allows you and your staff to see what training has been completed and any off-job training days that are coming up.
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