News & features

Stories and case studies from across our industries

News & features

We’re always publishing fresh content to keep you informed about training and education across the primary industries. Browse this section to find case studies, tips and advice, guest blogs, opinions from industry leaders and more. 

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Primary industry training fees-free for eligible trainees

07/12/2017Industry news

Two years of Primary ITO industry training will be fees-free for eligible trainees and apprentices who start in 2018.
Primary ITO Chief Executive Dr Linda Sissons...

Helping Grow The Next Generation Of Gardeners

30/11/2017Case study

Most Kiwi teens wouldn’t have a clue what amenity horticulture involves – but Pippa Lucas is determined to reach out through social media and show...

2018 Primary ITO Career Development Award Winner

21/11/2017Industry news

Congratulations to Pippa Lucas who placed third overall in the Young Horticulturalist of the Year competition and has won the Primary ITO Career Development Award. 

Landscape Construction programme and unit standard consultation

27/11/2017Product development

The Primary ITO have, in consultation with industry and stakeholders, developed Programmes of Industry Training (Programmes), and reviewed unit standards at Levels 3, 4, and...

Farmers urged to focus on their people, not just their herd

23/11/2017Case study

Young up-and-coming dairy industry leader Nicholas Bailey says Kiwi farmers are great at growing grass, but need to work just as hard at growing people.

Why Science Is The Root Of Shanna’s Success

20/11/2017Case study

New Zealand’s nursery production industry relies on a lot more than green thumbs and good soil.
Science and innovation are two key factors that drive success,...

Statement regarding Primary ITO training provider in Otago and Southland

06/11/2017Organisation update

From Monday 6 November, Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre will be the provider for Primary ITO dairy, sheep, beef and deer courses in Otago and Southland.

Del Bruce: On the fast-track from apprentice to farm manager

01/07/2016Case study

Deliarna (Del) Bruce is still only in her 20s and confidently managing a dairy farm in the Maruia Valley, but it wasn't always this way...

What does a primary apprenticeship involve?

05/08/2016Education feature

While the idea of 'serving an apprenticeship' may seem vague because every experience and workplace is different – which can cause uncertainty about what to...

Federated Farmers Apprenticeship launches

29/09/2017Industry news

Federated Farmers and Primary ITO have teamed up on an exciting new apprenticeship to rapidly grow people capability in the dairy industry.
The Federated Farmers Apprenticeship...

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