Learning skills for life

From left: Aroha Kapa, tutor Jason Searle, and Steve Edwards checking the beehives as part of their apiculture course

Where there’s opportunity for employment, Northtec will provide the recognised training required. That’s why in 2018, the Dargaville campus will offer forestry as well as the already established carpentry, painting, horticulture, agriculture, apiculture and hospitality courses.

The campus had 105 students with an age range of 15-75 this semester. The year finishes in three weeks and all courses, except apiculture which starts on January 8, start back in mid-February. Courses range in duration from 12 weeks to one year and they are all full time, except bee-keeping which has a part-time option.

NorthTec’s Dargaville regional administrator Dene Holyoake, said that one of her highlights this year was the opening of The Kumara Vine cafe run by the hospitality students, with fresh produce supplied by the horticulture students. The cafe is open 9.30am-2.30pm Tuesday-Friday but is closed over the Christmas break.

“However, she said “the proudest moment for me is when we get job placements. We have people from the hospitality, painting, apiculture and agriculture courses who now have work. Employers are coming to us to see if we’ve got someone suitable, so that’s really rewarding.

“Northtec thanks the community for supporting our students with the cafe and would like to acknowledge Work and Income and local business owners for the many employment opportunities that have emerged.”

Applications are now open and places are filling fast. Register at northtec.ac.nz, call in to 52 Murdoch St or phone/text Dene on 021 734 914.


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