More Trades Academy places good news for primary sector: Media release
The announcement of up to 4000 more trades training places in schools will help meet demand from students to learn about
farming and horticulture, Primary ITO chief executive Nigel Philpott says.
The Government will fund 2000 more Trades Academy places, where secondary students combine full-time study with
experience in the workplace, as well as 2000 Gateway places, where students have job placements along with classroom
learning. The Trades Academies are across a number of sectors.
Primary ITO currently has New Zealand’s biggest Trades Academy, with approximately 830 students, and Mr Philpott says
schools have asked for nearly 1100 Trades Academy places for next year.
“We know there is strong demand for a place in our Trades Academy. We’ve had to say sorry to some students and schools
because we’ve reached the cap of the funding we receive, so the increase is very welcome.
“New Zealand needs more skilled and innovative people in the primary sector, and the Trades Academy and Gateway
programmes are a great way of introducing secondary school students to a career.”
Mr Philpott says it was good to note that agriculture was specifically noted by the Government as an area for trades
“It’s a great signal that there’s a bright future in the sector. The Trades Academy and Gateway help improve the
connection between the world of work and the world of school. It gives us more opportunity to grow the pipeline of
people in the primary sector.”
The Trades Academy is partly led by teachers in schools, supported by Primary ITO, and partly by a network of Primary
ITO tutors around the country.
Primary ITO National Manager Future Pathways Anne Benson expects strong interest following the announcement of the
increase. “I think we will be having a lot of schools calling us now and asking for more places.”