About NTA

Our Training Centre offers specialist purpose-built facilities to ensure you receive quality, professional training. Located just ten minutes from Christchurch city allows our students access to practical training on the land, with the option of living in a metropolitan area. The New Zealand National Trade Academy is based on 70 hectares at McLeans Island, in the Waimakariri River Regional Park. All students are involved in the day to day running and development of the farm and riding school. On-site we have classrooms, a forestry block, horticulture gardens, glasshouse, shadehouse, tool sheds, irrigated pastures, student common room, farm animals, sand 'all-weather' riding arenas, stables and yards. Everything you expect from a top quality, land-based training facility is conveniently all on one site.

All equipment is provided at our Training Centre, so you can learn in a safe and professional environment. By being well protected and having the opportunity to practice skills in the approved industry method, you will establish confidence in performing tasks independently, in an efficient and safe manner - which is what employers are looking for in their staff. At our Training Centre we have motorbikes, ATVs, fencing tools, trailers, agrichemical equipment, safety equipment such as helmets, tractors, stock yards, chainsaws, tools and a fully equipped equestrian centre with a full range of equine tack.

Combination of theory and practical training gives students the very best opportunity to gain the skills and knowledge they require in order to be employed in their chosen sector. Practical-minded students thrive at NTA New Zealand with the 'hands-on' learning we offer each day.

Trained and experienced tutors with small classes, ensure that students receive quality agriculture and equine training. All our tutors have relevant qualifications and experience in the industries they are training students for. Some staff have their own businesses or New Zealand farms, which gives students a unique insight into what working in their chosen industry can be like. All staff at NTA have a real commitment to our students. We will go the extra mile when placing students into a job and ensuring a positive outcome for all involved.

We are a first point of call for many employers seeking staff for their businesses. Due to the growth in the land based industry sectors, especially the dairy sector, we have seen an increase in demand for employees with a range of pre-employment skills. By enrolling at the National Trade Academy, you are not only getting training and a qualification, but you are also provided with a platform to enter the industry directly. Work experience and suitable job placement support your first step into the industry, ensuring success on your chosen career path in the future.

Innovative range of courses. The National Trade Academy has been the winner of the Education New Zealand award for 'Innovation in an International Programme Award'. This recognised the NTA's creative approach to education, by developing a programme which allowed international Agriculture students to come to New Zealand to study English and Agriculture, before working on dairy farms around New Zealand's South Island. We offer international students courses in Agriculture, Equine, Horticulture and Animal Care studies and English language. We have continued our innovative approach to education by developing options for international students to combine their English language study with unique New Zealand experiences such as English & Horse Riding, English & Agriculture, English & Rugby.

Practical Skills, Knowledge, Qualifications & Employment

We have been providing education and training to the agriculture and equine industries since 2000. We pride ourselves in teaching our students the practical skills and knowledge required for successful careers in the land based industries.

Qualifications are approved by NZQA.

Student loans and allowances are available for our NZ fee-paying students, where applicable.

Contact Studylink for more information on 0800 88 99 00 or visit their website www.studylink.govt.nz

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