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Taratahi Tasters hit the spot

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 2017.

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 2017 taster, or offered them the opportunity to do the Telford taster programme starting on the 3rd of October 2017 in South Otago. They only have a few places left as well.”

Telford’s education business was transferred to Taratahi.

“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.

Source: Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre 

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