4 Sep 2013

Massey restarts agriculture diploma

1:12 pm on 4 September 2013

Young people will again be able to complete a diploma in agriculture through Massey University.

Massey and Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre, which has centres around the country, have announced they're partnering to offer the diploma in 2014.

Massey stopped offering the diploma in 2010 when the Government said it didn't want universities offering sub-degree level courses.

But Taratahi's education delivery manager Nigel Udy says the loss of Massey's diploma in agriculture left a gap in the market.

He says the primary industries are desperate for people with good skills and knowledge to work in the sector - particularly with the boom in dairying in the country.

Mr Udy says a diploma in agriculture gives students a great balance between theoretical knowledge and practical skills.

Lincoln University also offers a diploma in agriculture.