Monday, 25 May 2015 14:32

Doors open at training farm

Written by 

Waipaoa Station Training Trust is holding an open day on June 6 and 7 as part of its selection of cadets for 2016.

The two-year cadet training scheme is based at Waipaoa Station, a commercial sheep and beef farm 70km from Gisborne.

Each year five new cadets are selected, to learn practical skills and sit in classroom lectures. The cadets live on the station.

Training manager Geoff Hornblow says the open days allow would-be cadets and their families to see exactly how the course operates and how it links with work on the station.

Open days visitors get to talk to members of the trust and to cadets who are there on the day. They can gather some of the information they will need later if they lodge an application for a place on the course. 

Hornblow says each year they get about 45 applications, interview 25 people and eventually select five. The final selection is made in September and the cadets begin the course the following January.

Waipaoa works with other similar training institutes such as Smedley in Hawkes Bay and Otiwhiti Station near Hunterville. Applicants who miss selection for one of these may be selected for another.

 

More like this

More learning on the job

Primary ITO, the industry training organisation for the primary sector, is launching new qualifications for the agriculture sector this month.

Ag training sector to repay $7.5m

Despite Taratahi Agricultural Training having 67 of its tutors enrolled as students in one of its programmes, this is viewed as not ‘uncommon’ by its current head. 

Focus on feeding – vet

Sheep and beef farmers need to focus on feeding their best stock well, according to Martin Walshe, practice manager of Hunterville Vets.

 
 

» The RNG Weather Report

» Latest Print Issues Online

The Hound

Quota watch

The Hound understands that Mike Petersen’s time as NZ agriculture’s special trade envoy will soon end.

What a jerk

Your old mate notes that serial whinger Mike Joy continues to put the boot into the farming sector.

» Connect with Rural News