Agriculture is the largest industry in the Taranaki region, employing nearly 7,000 full-time equivalent employees. In addition, over half of the land in the Taranaki region is used for agriculture production. Two thirds of all farms in the region are dairy farms and the majority of the remaining one-third are sheep and beef.
People employed in this industry may work as Farmers, Farm Managers or Farm Assistants, specialising in dairy, sheep, cattle or cropping. There are a number of agribusiness employment opportunities such as Farm Consultant, Rural Banker or a Field Service Representative.
WITT’s agriculture & horticulture training is delivered in partnership with Taratahi Agriculture Training Centre and Agriculture New Zealand - providers who specialise in the agriculture and horticulture industries. Our programmes provide a mix of knowledge, technical skills and practical farm work. There are programmes for people who want to develop specific skill sets, those who want to begin a solid career in agriculture and those already employed in the sector who want to upskill.