Napier Courier

Free course covers a wide range of skills

Start of a career in primary sector


Starting on May 17, EIT will offer the NZ Certificat­e in Primary Industry Operationa­l Skills (Level 3).

It’s a comprehens­ive course that covers all the skills people need to have to start a career in the primary sector, be it agricultur­e, horticultu­re, or in a nursery.

It’s a free 10-week full-time programme designed to prepare people to go straight into employment or continue with further study, for example, the NZ Certificat­e in General Horticultu­re.

The programme will be delivered on the EIT Farm, an 8ha area at the EIT campus in Taradale.

The farm also features a revegetati­on area.

“Our students will learn how to drive tractors, side-byside vehicles, and quad bikes.

“They will also learn how to use equipment such as chain saws, hydro ladders, and scrub bars,” says Paul Keats, the assistant head of EIT’s School of Primary Industries.

Moreover, the students will gain orchard and fencing skills and a basic knowledge of health and safety regulation­s.

Included in the programme are a first aid certificat­e and a Growsafe Certificat­e.

The latter is a valuable additional qualificat­ion for people who may be handling agrichemic­als as part of their work.

Warren Hales has been an agricultur­e and horticultu­re tutor for EIT for the past 20 years.

He is excited to welcome a new cohort of students soon.

“It’s great that we can make use of such a fantastic training facility.

“We have everything onsite, from tractors to all the other equipment needed in farming and horticultu­ral operations. We will focus on practical, hands-on skills rather than lots of theory.

“Our graduates will be ready to work, which is particular­ly important for us.”

For more informatio­n or enrolments contact Diana Morris at the School of Primary Industries, on phone 06 830 1057 or EIT is a member of the Steering Group who worked on the Matariki Hawke’s Bay Regional Developmen­t Strategy (HBRDS). Growing people to be workready and matching them with employeere­ady organisati­ons who foster a spirit of lifelong learning across our collective workforce is key Pou 2 of Matariki HBRDS.

 ??  ?? EIT tutor Warren Hales driving a side-by-side vehicle around the EIT Farm.
EIT tutor Warren Hales driving a side-by-side vehicle around the EIT Farm.

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