From 2017, Te Wānanga o Aotearoa will be offering a new programme aimed at young people wanting to enter one of New Zealand’s largest industries.
The one-year, Level 2 Vocational Pathways Package Primary Industries programme comes under the Youth Guarantee banner and is intended for those aged 16-19.
The course provides the skills and knowledge to enter one of four primary industries: agriculture, apiculture, aquaculture or horticulture, and is a part of the changes to programme provision that are occurring at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa
Vocational and Youth Guarantee Lead Anthony Campbell says the programme provides an introductory taster across a range of primary industries, ensuring learner choice, selection and educational pathway. The programme also includes NCEA Level 2.
“The idea is to give tauira an opportunity to explore and try different aspects of the primary industries sector,” he says.
“We ensure in this programme that tauira get an introduction to four of the key industries in the Primary Sector, improve their literacy and numeracy, and achieve NCEA level 2 while engaging in a unique learning experience in a wānanga context."
“Many people assume that the primary industries are only about dairy farming but there are more than 55 different career pathways related to the Primary Industries, from farm worker to marine biologist, arborist to vet nurse there are so many pathways available for people in this sector.
The aim of this programme is to give tauira an opportunity to explore some of the career options in the industry”
“In our discussions with stakeholders one point was noted that at the foundation levels (levels 1-2) having the ability to be flexible and being able to taste different aspects of the Primary Industries was important so that tauira could see for themselves which pathway they would want to pursue.”
The programme is targeted at new or potential entrants into the primary sector, including seasonal workers, career changers and those not yet engaged in education, employment or training.