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All horticulture programmes will be fees-free at NorthTec as part of a 2019 pilot, targeted to boost the number of trained workers entering the sector.
NorthTec delivers a range of primary industry skills, horticulture and sustainable primary production programmes across the region, all aimed at preparing students for work in the industry.
Horticulture, especially fruit production, is one of Northland and New Zealand’s largest industries and a major exporter. There is an ongoing demand for skilled workers across a range of roles and functions within the sector.
By making training programmes fees-free throughout this year, NorthTec aims to increase the flow of people moving into the industry with the skills sought by employers.
Andrew McCulloch, NorthTec’s Group Manager Outcomes, said the initiative was a response to sector demand and a move to support the region’s essential primary industries.
“By delivering fees-free training in horticultural skills, we hope to remove the financial barrier and increase the number of trained workers moving into employment in Te Tai Tokerau, in a sector which is vital to the region’s economy. Our programmes at NZQA Levels 3 and 4 will now join the Level 2 programmes in becoming fees-free,” he said.
NorthTec offers the following horticulture programmes, all fees-free:
New Zealand Certificate in Primary Industry Skills (Level 2) – Starts in February in Whangarei, Dargaville, Kaikohe and Kaitaia
New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (General) (Level 3) – Starts in February in Whangarei and Kaitaia; starts in May in Dargaville and Kaikohe
New Zealand Certificate in Land-Based Sustainability Practices (Level 3) – Starts in September in Dargaville, Kaikohe and Kaitaia
New Zealand Certificate in Sustainable Primary Production (Level 4) – Starts in July in Whangarei and Kaitaia
Details about these programmes can be found at www.northtec.ac.nz, or by calling 0800 162 100.
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