14 Oct 2009

Agricultural training centre builds new facilities

6:05 am on 14 October 2009

The Taratahi agricultural training centre is building new facilities at its main Wairarapa campus to cope with a surge in the number of students doing its farm courses.

The 90-year-old institution is experiencing something like a 60%increase in its full-time student numbers over two years.

Marketing manager Stephen Carr says that's partly due to the efforts it's making to get out and promote agricultural careers in secondary schools.

He expects there will be 100 full time students living in the Masterton halls of residence from next year, so new accommodation blocks are now being built.

Mr Carr says a new engineering workshop has just been completed.

The centre is expanding beyond Wairarapa. As well as a satellite campus in Taranaki, Taratahi has a new partnership with Hawke's Bay's Eastern Institute of Technology to run a certificate in agriculture programme there.

It's also providing Lincoln University's diploma in agriculture programme in the North Island.