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Become a Farmer
of the Future

Growing Future Farmers (GFF) aims to accelerate a graduate's career from entry-level Essential Farm Skills Programme to advanced Farm Skills and Business Management.

Our structured programmes offer an array of specialised industry training and development and formal NZQA learning that includes classroom lectures, independent study and group sessions.

 

This is combined with extensive practical work experience alongside experienced and motivated farmers who have signalled their intent by taking on students to grow the industry.

Essential Farm Skills Programme

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

  • Placement throughout 10 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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Raising the industry standard of fit for work, educated and reliable farm students.

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