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Jennifer and Diego

OUR EXPERIENCE at NTA Our experience at NTA was very useful, because it helped us and introduced us to New Zealand's work system. We learnt about Kiwi culture and new farming technologies. Our experiences on dairy farms were quite different, dependeing on the person, but positive in general. NTA helped us to quickly get used to work and life here in New Zealand. We did it easily because most of the tasks we performed on the farm we had practised at NTA during our course. Jennifer y Diego (from Uruguay).
Muchas gracias.

George Kuruvithadam

George Kuruvithadam

Age: 23
Home country: India

"I came to NZ to improve my understanding of NZ farming systems as we have a Dairy farm back in India. I completed two courses at the National Trade Academy in Agriculture to learn more about pasture management and milking systems. I spent a year working on farms in NZ before returning to India to put into practice what I have learned."

Kumar Praduman

Kumar Praduman

Age: 25
Home country: India

With being new to New Zealand farming systems, Kumar found the National Trade Academy's Certificate in Agriculture Skills course for international students a good starting place.

"The course gave me confidence in all aspects of farming. I found it easy to have one on one with the tutor and I really enjoyed the practical work experiences. The National Trade Academy helped to get my first job on a Dairy farm at Brookside outside of Christchurch. I recommend the course to other international students who have an interest in Agriculture. I started this course with the expectation of gaining experience and knowledge in the dairy industry so I could start my own farm back in India when I return."

Daniel Jones

Daniel Jones

Age: 37
Home country: Uruguay

"I enrolled on the NTA Certificate in NZ Farming Skills. The course has helped me to gain both the skills and knowledge I required to understand NZ pastoral based farming systems. At the end of the course I gained a position on a dairy farm and have put my new skills and knowledge into practice."

Ana Candida Lopes

Brazil

Ana came to the National Trade Academy from Brazil in 2009. Even though Ana already had extensive qualifications as a Veterinarian she chose to study at the National Trade Academy to gain practical experience of modern farming techniques.

This hands-on experience would enable her to improve the welfare of farm animals in her home country. Because the climate is similar, farming practices used in New Zealand could be successfully transferred to South America. This was invaluable to her; increasing her knowledge of farming large animals, such as cows and sheep.

Ana has now returned to Brazil and hopes to become an independent, travelling farm veterinarian on dairy, sheep and beef farms.

"I really enjoyed the numerous farm visits on the course to see how a NZ farm works."

David Guzman

David Guzman

Age: 21
Home country: Chile

David came to the NTA in 2009 to learn to speak English. David has enjoyed the opportunity to travel around New Zealand after purchasing a car and has also been skiing at Mt Hutt. Since he completed the NTA Certificate in New Zealand Farming Skills David has worked on two dairy farms. One was near the ski resort village of Methven and his new job is in Dunsandel, only 30 minutes from Christchurch city. On both farms he has enjoyed working with friends from his course at NTA and David has recently been promoted to Herd Manager alongside his NTA friend Pedro, who has also been promoted to 2IC on the same farm in Dunsandel. David enjoyed his home-stay in Christchurch and still keeps in touch with his host family as well as staff at NTA.

Alex Fenemor

Alex Fenemor

Alex enrolled in the Level 3 Agriculture course at the National Trade Academy after hearing about the Academy after the Canterbury Careers Expo.

"I really loved my time at the Academy. I really enjoyed the mix of classroom and practical work and the tutors and other students were fantastic. The course prepared me well for my current job on a Sheffield Hill country property carrying 150 cattle and 4000 ewes."

Keri Bowen

Keri Bowen

After completing a STAR course while still at school, Keri decided to enrol with the NTA on the Level 3 Agriculture course.

"I enjoyed the mix of theory and practical work and the laid back environment. Having small classes was great, plus the tutors were really friendly and easy to get along with."

After completing the course Keri was employed on a Dairy farm in Dunsandel in Central Canterbury.

Kieran MacDonald

Kieran completed the Level 3 Agriculture course at NTA and has since gone into the industry on a dairy farm in Canterbury.

"I really enjoyed the practical part of the course; it gave me the opportunity to put the things I had learnt in class into practice."

Emily

Hi, my name is Emily I am from NZ. My time at the NTA has been amazing. I have loved every minute of it., the tutors are awesome. I never had any luck at school because wasn't what I wanted to do. I have finally find something I want to do. I have been in NTA since the start of term 3. I have passed my level 2 agriculture, I have always been a fast learner, but I am hands on so I really don't like writing. I have really enjoyed learning about the different breeds of animals and how they live and what is really like to work in a farm.

Hayley Egan

Hayley Egan

Hayley Egan joined the National Trade Academy Telford Certificate in Equine Studies Level 3 Course in 2007 to further her knowledge and skills in the equine industries sector. After 38 weeks, Hayley graduated with the Telford Certificate Level 3 and also the National Certificate in Equine 'Stable Practice' Level 3.

"I had a great time on the course and really enjoyed the things we learnt. The tutor was great and the facilities were excellent."

The Telford Certificate is designed to prepare students like Hayley for entry into the Equine Industry. The course also provides an excellent basis to progress into more specialised areas of the industry.

Jennifer Taylor

Jennifer Taylor

Jennifer has always had a keen interest in horses, and throughout her high school years thought of working with them for a career. She joined NTA in 2007 on the Level 2 National Certificate in Equine Skills Land Based Course. During this time Jennifer honed her skills working with horses and progressed to the Level 3 Telford Certificate in 2008.

"I really enjoy working with horses and these courses give me the opportunity to do what I love and earn money at the same time. It's practical and the theory components give me the knowledge I need to succeed in a career in the equine industries."

Alex Searles

Alex Searles

Retail saddlery positions are always keenly sought but Alex Searles was lucky enough to secure a full time position with Canterbury Equestrian at Templeton. She started this job immediately on completing the Stable Practice Level 3 course.

Alex works 5 days a week, and works each second Saturday. She has two mornings per week off which are mostly spent re-training her chestnut thoroughbred gelding, the former successful racehorse Music Man.

The saddlery work requires Alex to have a good knowledge of all types of saddlery and equipment. As well as dealing directly with customers Alex is responsible for ordering stock, helping with trade stands at show etc and also assists with repairs - riveting, making new cover straps, cutting out covers etc.

Alex's advice to anyone keen on working in a saddlery is for them to learn as much as possible about all the products, particularly types of bits, covers, saddles and show gear etc.

Shawn Valpy

Shawn Valpy

The equine industry offers many opportunities for self-employment. Shawn Valpy of Springfield, a graduate of both the Stable Practice Level 3 and the Sporthorse level 4 courses has established his own business as a farrier, breaking in young horses, schooling, and assisting clients with problems such as floating etc.

Already a competent horseman when he enrolled with the National Trade Academy Ltd, Shawn credits the course with giving him the confidence to speak authoritatively to clients, as well as dispelling many of the myths surrounding horses.

Shawn has found a real demand for his work with an advert placed in a local paper keeping his phone very busy.

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