12 Feb 2013

Agricultural apprenticeships now easier

6:39 am on 12 February 2013

More young people will have the opportunity to take up agricultural apprenticeships following a Government move to remove age from the criteria for the scheme.

In January, Prime Minister John Key announced that all the separate industry apprenticeship programmes were being rolled into a single programme called New Zealand Apprenticeships.

The Primary Industry Training Organisation said there's no age barrier in the new scheme and she expects more people to take on apprenticeships as a result.

Standard manager Tracey Shepherd said there are about 650 primary sector apprentices in New Zealand at the moment.