Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Taratahi Wairarapa Taster Course Full To The Brim

Taratahi’s latest “try before you buy” residential Taster course in the Wairarapa has filled up faster than ever before. 

Sixty-five young people keen on a career in the primary sector, will descend on the Wairarapa Campus on 8 October. 

Taratahi Wairarapa Regional manager, Simon Bailey says it’s the quickest the course has filled up and the largest number of students for many years. 

“They are coming from all points of the compass. It’s really exciting to see the popularity of the Taster programme which gives students an authentic on farm experience where they can try their hand at a number of aspects of dairying, sheep and beef, equine and apiculture.” 

“This course is so popular that we have put people on a waiting list or signed them up for the December taster, or offered them the opportunity to do the Telford taster programme starting on the 3rd of October in South Otago. They only have a few places left as well.”  

Telford’s education business was transferred to Taratahi last month. 

“The primary sector industry and in particular Taratahi have worked hard to get students to consider primary sector careers and the demand for this course shows that we are having considerable success in getting students to consider the many careers on offer in the Primary sector. While many students end up in great jobs on farms, some will opt to extend their education while others will end up in agribusiness or advisory roles for a number of supporting industries.”

“The primary sector is in need of well-trained work ready graduates and the courses popularity is a testament to the reputation of the Taster programmes.” 

“There is also a significant shift in the gender balance with girls dominating the course and over 20 percent of the students come from urban backgrounds.” 

“We have a pretty high conversion rate from our tasters so we are expecting a good number of them will enrol for our 2018 programmes.” 

One day Taster programmes are also offered around the country at the various Taratahi campuses. 

Taster facts  

  • All activities, meals and accommodation are covered in the course fee of $100.
  • It is a four days and four nights programme working with animals and doing other activities on-farm.
  • Students also get the chance to make new friends and try independent living.
  • For more info on Taratahi Taster programmes being held around the country click here 
  • For more on the Telford Tasters click here