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Become a Farmer
of the Future

Growing Future Farmers (GFF) delivers the largest farmer-led vocational workforce training programme in the New Zealand Ag-sector.
Born in 2020 from our desire to do something proactive to support young people into successful farming careers, our kaupapa is simple: training “by farmers, for farmers”.

Over 100+ GFF accredited farm trainers nationally have volunteered to deliver our intensive, 2-year, highly practical on-the-farm scholarship programme for youth aged 16 - 20. They are supported by industry and community experts, along with our GFF liaison managers in 14 regions.

 

NZQA accredited, GFF is designed to both amplify academic learning, as a practical extension to any tertiary qualification, and provide a direct trade qualification for those straight out of secondary school.

 

We are proud to say that 100% of our graduates are now fully employed in the industry.

Essential Farm Skills Programme

Our two-year programme (46 weeks each year starting mid-January and ending mid-December), includes:

  • Placement throughout 14 regions of NZ

  • Practical workplace training and development

  • NZQA level 3 qualifications

  • Pastoral care and liaison support

  • Course fees, access to subsidised gear, equipment and clothing pack, and two pups provided

  • Living allowance bursary

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What's involved in being a Farm Trainer?

Farm trainers take a student on the two-year programme to give them practical skills, training and experience in agriculture.

 

  • Students live and train on farm as part of your farm team for the duration of the course

  • Regional Liaison Managers work with Farm Trainers and Students to support the training.

  • Students are on courses one day per week and will be on farm training and building experience four days per week.

  • Farm trainers host some training of the regional group and attend Quarterly Progress Meetings with Student and Liaison Manager.

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