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Primary ITO offers apprenticeships, qualifications and short courses to over thirty of New Zealand’s primary industries, including agriculture, horticulture, food processing, seafood, equine and sports turf industries. We develop and maintain the national standards for more than 250 qualifications across the industries and work with industry bodies to develop training and qualifications that align with best practice and industry expectations.

 

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Amenity horticulture

Keen to make your community a more vibrant place while growing your career prospects? If you’re interested maintaining botanic gardens, parks, reserves and recreational spaces, public amenities and working on beautification projects, amenity horticulture could be for you.

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Arboriculture

Arboriculturalists grow and cultivate trees and shrubs. With an apprenticeship, you’ll master tree health and hazards, advanced felling techniques and selecting trees for landscaped areas or revegetation.

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Dairy farming

If you’re keen to live in the country, work outside and with animals, a career in dairy farming could be for you. There are around 11,400 dairy farms in New Zealand, milking over 4.6 million cows. There are great job opportunities and you’ll never be stuck for work.

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Dairy manufacturing

Work in dairy manufacturing and you’ll help process dairy products — from milk powder to cheese, yoghurt and ice cream. Today dairy manufacturing is a sophisticated process carried out in modern high technology plants.

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Equine

From the glamorous occupation of a jockey to the behind the scenes efforts of stable hands, the equine industry is made up of lots of roles. If you have a passion for horses, and possess the drive and motivation then gallop towards this exciting career.

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Fruit production

If you enjoy working outside and love growing things, a career in fruit could be for you.
Management responsibilities like maximising crop yields, monitoring fruit maturity, supervising orchard staff, quality requirements and orchard production.

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Landscaping

If you want to create and design strong environments, landscaping could be for you. You’ll gain the skills to set out a landscaping site from drawings, lay natural stone, slate and tiles as hard surfaces and construct and install landscape features such as rocks, bricks, water features and block features.

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Meat processing

Help get food on the table for people in New Zealand and around the world! Careers in meat processing offer good pay and great promotional prospects.

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Nursery production

If you enjoy working outside and love growing things, a career in nursery production could be for you. You’ll master everything from pruning and training nursery crops to identifying and managing pests and weeds in retail or wholesale nurseries.

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Postharvest

Postharvest covers the steps between harvesting crops and point of sale. You’ll master packing, preparing, packaging, grading, stacking and strapping, as well as quality control, safety, workflow and storage requirements. Job opportunities are good due to high seasonal demand and increasing fruit and vegetable production.

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Sheep and beef farmer

If you’re keen to live in the country, work outside and with animals, a career in sheep and beef farming could be for you. There are around 29,200 sheep and beef farms in New Zealand — that’s about 31.1 million sheep and 3.7 million beef cattle. New Zealand has a sophisticated meat industry with lots of career opportunities. Plus, once you gain the skills you can have your very own team of dogs!

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Sports turf

Think of activities and sports played on turf — rugby, cricket, golf, and more — and you’ll realise the importance of highly skilled sports turf specialists who keep the turf in peak condition. If you love sport and have an interest in plants, a sports turf career could be for you.

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Vegetable production

If you enjoy working outside and love growing things, a career in vegetable production could be for you. You’ll master soil management, irrigation, machinery, pest and disease identification and management, and produce quality management and market requirements.

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Viticulture

The world wants Kiwi wine. Exports are worth over $1.3 billion and sales are forecast to keep rising. This is the perfect place and time to be involved in such a dynamic and exciting industry. New Zealand needs knowledgeable, well-trained people to make the most of this boom, and we can help you take on the challenge with our viticulture apprenticeship.

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