Farm training centre very popular
A new agricultural training facility in Putaruru is set to prepare students for farming in the 21st century.
Taratahi Agriculture Training for New Zealand has opened its doors to students this week, with the facility experiencing large numbers wanting to train there.
Taratahi Waikato Project Manager Annie Catterall-Waterworth has been inundated with both students wanting to do the course and farmers looking at hiring potential graduates.
‘‘ We have a waiting list of students wanting to pursue a career in the agricultural industry as well as employers wanting students upon graduation. We are very lucky to have the support of a number of farms across the South Waikato as well as local business support,’’ Ms CatterallWaterworth said.
The facility, on Princes St in the old Carter Holt Harvey engineering site has been scrubbed down and is ready for learning to begin.
‘‘Students will spend one day in our classroom here, and if weather permits will spend the remainder of the week on real working farms learning firsthand.’’
Forest View High School agriculture teacher Mary-Ann Mathis said the new facility would be a great avenue for local students.
‘‘The cost of living has skyrocketed and having a facility in the district would give those students who would normally go to Taratahi in Masterton a choice to stay closer to home and save on costs.’’
Local MP Louise Upston described the centre as a brilliant initiative for the district.
‘‘This is awesome for our local people to come to a facility like this to develop their skills on the farm. We desperately need young people in farming and to have them trained locally is brilliant for our students and farm owners.’’
New student Aaron Dunnett has gone from Auckland city slicker to rural living to complete the course. ‘‘I have always been interested in farming and when I saw this course I knew I had to do it. I have friends in the area who do farming so that will definitely help me when I graduate.’’
NEW JOURNEY: Students prepare for their first day at the new Putaruru Taratahi facility.
NEW RECRUIT: Local MP Louise Upston joins the Taratahi Agriculture students on their first day.