Agriculture is the largest industry in Taranaki, employing nearly 7,000 full-time equivalent employees. In addition, over half of the land in Taranaki 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 training is delivered in partnership with Taratahi Agriculture Training Centre. 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.
People with a passion for horticulture and wish to enter the industry as growers, gardeners, horticultural retailers, nursery workers, or maintenance contractors will find the part-time horticulture courses of great interest.
Our organic horticulture courses will develop your knowledge and skills in successful organic growing and assist in building sustainable ecosystems and promoting biodiversity. WITT’s horticulture training is delivered in partnership with Agriculture New Zealand Ltd – specialists in horticulture training.