Primary Industries in Schools

Level 1, 2, 3 Cost VARIES

Length Up to 37 weeks
Part Time

Course Starting February 2018

PITA    STEP uP   STAR   Distance Learning

Apply now 2018 Schools Prospectus

Primary Industries in Schools provides secondary school students with opportunities to build and develop skills through on farm experience.

Our programmes contribute towards NCEA Level 1, 2, 3 and a Vocational Pathway Award in the Primary Industries

These programmes offer students the opportunity of beginning their tertiary education in the primary sector while still at school.

Students can be involved in the following ways;

  • PITA (Primary Industry Trades Academy) students study Level 2, part-time over the academic year
  • STEP uP (Secondary Tertiary Education/Employment Pathways - Primary) students study Level 3, part-time over the academic year  
  • STAR (Secondary Tertiary Alignment Resources) students study in block courses at various times throughout the year
  • DISTANCE LEARNING (Extramural) students study individual unit standards via distance learning using Taratahi learning resources and assessments
  • PICK & MIX (School funded) schools can work with a Taratahi Regional Manager to build programmes (no more than 20 credits) that best suit the needs of their students. 

2018 Primary Industries in Schools Prospectus 

► Download the 2018 Prospectus 

Are you a secondary school student and want to study with us?

Do you like...

► Farming and agriculture?

► Working outdoors?

► Being part of a team? 

► Mucking in?

► Working independently?


Are you working towards NCEA and looking for other study options? 

Speak to your school Careers Advisor and they will discuss options available to you. Your options could include studying one or two days per week on farm, distance learning, block courses, or short courses over a term.    

 

Are you a secondary school looking for pathways for students?

Delivery Options

Primary Industries in Schools offers a variety of delivery options, which include on farm training, flexible timetables and purpose-built courses.

Funding Options

Schools can participate in our programmes through the use of Government funding allocated to schools through STAR and Trades Academy funding. Where funding is capped schools may opt to use alternative funding. 

Contact

Email us today with your queries and your nearest regional office will contact you.

Download a sample partnership agreement (MOA) 

Primary Industries Trades Academy (PITA)  

Image altPITA helps secondary school students in Year 12 experience primary industry career opportunities. 

The PITA programme runs during Terms 1 – 3, and the beginning of Term 4 (practical elements), leaving the rest of the term for students to focus on exams.

The programme will include exposure to local primary industry organisations with regular/ scheduled industry visits.

These may include but not limited to: 
• Rural service stores 
• Livestock sale yards 
• Meat processing/freezing works 
• Butcheries 
• Equestrian Centres 
• Arborist companies 
• Saw mills and so on 

Learners will also be supported in exploring their career pathway options in the primary industry with a clear plan developed demonstrating the link and transition between school, tertiary education and employment.
 

Programme Delivery 

The preferred delivery model:

Two day delivery over one year, so students can complete the entire programme within one academic year. 

Both parties are responsible for a single day of delivery each, making up a total of a two day delivery programme. Learning and assessment is broken into two delivery components:

► One day on farm each week, with a Taratahi tutor.

► Scheduled subject within a students' school timetable, with teacher support.  

Programme Outcomes

​PITA students have the opportunity to gain nationally recognisable qualifications including accruing units towards their NCEA Level 2 in either the following certificates:

  • New Zealand Certificate in Primary Industry Skills, Level 2 (aimed at Year 12 students) ​
  • New Zealand Certificate in Equine Skills, Level 2 (aimed at Year 12 students)    


Secondary Tertiary Employment Programmes - Primary Industries (STEPuP 3+2)

 

STEPuP offers Year 13 secondary school students the opportunity to work towards a Level 3 tertiary qualification that will meet the needs of the primary industry.

Unit standards from these programmes will go towards helping the student achieve NCEA Level 3. 

 


STEPuP runs during Terms 1 – 3, and the beginning of Term 4 (practical elements), leaving the rest of the term for students to focus on exams.

The programme may include (but not limited to):

  • How to identify workplace hazards 
  • Ride a quad bike
  • Ride a motorbike
  • Install fencing wire
  • Hang a pre-built gate
  • Handle livestock
  • Operate a chainsaw

Programme Delivery 

The preferred delivery model:

Two day delivery on farm with Taratahi over one year, so students can complete the entire programme within one academic year. Schools may opt for 3 or 4 days on farm, to complete the programme over a shorter period.

If students enrol in this programme and have not completed the level 2 pre-requisite vehicle unit standards, extra learning will need to take place prior to students completing the Level 3 vehicle units.  

Programme Outcomes

​STEPuP students have the opportunity to gain nationally recognisable qualifications including accruing units towards their NCEA Level 3.

  • New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Vehicles, Machinery and Infrastructure), Level 3 ​ 


Secondary Tertiary Alignment Resource (STAR)

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STAR programmes offer students in Years 11 – 13 the opportunity to taste different aspects of the primary sector and gain credits towards their NCEA. 

Programme Delivery 

STAR programmes are made up of unit standards (a maximum of 10 credits per module) tailored to meet specific needs of the students. 

A student can complete a maximum of two (2) modules over the course of an academic year.

The majority of the Primary Industry Unit standards are either sector-related or recommended, which contribute towards the 60 credits required to gain a Vocational Pathway Award in the Primary Industries. 

STAR programmes require a minimum of eight participants to run and are typically delivered over a three to five day block.  STAR programmes typically run from three to five days (weekdays) depending on the number of credits in the programme (allow at least 1.5 days per credit).

STAR subjects may include (but not limited to):

  • Motorbikes ​​
  • ​Chainsaws ​
  • Milking 
  • Fencing
  • Livestock handling​
  • Engineering (Wairarapa only) ​
  • Equine 
  • Wool harvesting

​► See the unit standards to select your STAR programme here.

Distance Learning (Extramural)

Extramural is offered to secondary school students to support NCEA achievement. Taratahi offers a variety of Level 2 and 3 unit standards that contribute towards a Vocational Pathway Award in the Primary Industries. Students can complete a maximum of 15 credits per academic year.
 

► See the unit standards for Distance Learning here.

► Order Extramural unit standards here. 


Do you want to talk more about Distance Learning?

Contact your nearest regional office to discuss options available.


Are you ready to apply? 

Secondary School Students

School students need to gain approval from their school before applying. Speak to your Careers Advisor. 

Students apply now  and we will follow-up with your school.

 

Secondary Schools - Administrators and Careers Advisors

We are enrolling now for 2018 Primary Industries in Schools programmes.

 

If you want to offer these programmes to your students, contact your nearest regional office to arrange a visit. 

  

Want to know more? 

► Download the 2018 Primary Industries in Schools Prospectus