LandEd brings new rural training & opportunities to the region

28 Apr 2016

Waiariki is excited to announce the launch of LandEd, a new brand that will lead the delivery of training to the rural sector, providing the opportunity for farmers, orchardists and managers to upskill their staff.

For a number of years Waiariki has used external contractors to deliver training but higher demand locally drove the initiative to develop LandEd and provide this training itself. LandEd will see a greater emphasis on quality assurance and educational outcomes, particularly following a recent review of qualifications by New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) that will permit Waiariki to offer new qualifications and training programmes.

“The training has been designed to meet the needs of industry and is an opportunity to enhance the performance of rural New Zealand,” says Andrew Primrose, LandEd’s Bay of Plenty-based regional supervisor. 

The Te Puke farmer brings 13 years of experience as a training coordinator to LandEd. Gill Petersen is the training coordinator for the Waikato region.

Module-based training will continue on skills relating to tractors, motorcycles, chainsaw operation, quad bikes and light utility vehicles, orchard machinery, infrastructure, and risk mitigation.

Assessment against unit standards is available and can be used to meet the requirements of nationally recognised qualifications.

Mr Primrose says training is offered for groups of six to eight at a time and involves one day of theory and practical work, followed by a day-long assessment process some weeks later.

“Those who pass the assessment gain NZQA accredited unit standards. For New Zealand citizens or those who have been a resident for two or more years, training is subsidised.”

Contact Waiariki, or Mr Primrose directly on 0800 367 001, for more information on LandEd and the training opportunities available.

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