Careers in rural areas
Rural Contractors NZ supports and promotes industry training
Rural contracting provides a great career for people who like working with machinery in rural areas.
RCNZ’s ITO is Connexis which offers a Level 3 certificate course in rural contracting. This provides basic skills in crop production, harvesting and vegetation control.
Connexis is also developing two introductory 10-day ‘boot camp’ courses to get people ready for work in rural contracting. These will be offered at Waiouru and the former Telford site in Balclutha.
Once you are qualified and have some skills, driving farm machinery can open up a world of travel.
National Certificate in Fencing Level 2 or 3
This qualification comprises Level 2 Introductory and a Level 3 Certificate in Fencing – both electric and non-electric. Details can be found on the Primary ITO website.
Rural Contracting Level 3
New Zealand certificate in rural contracting (level 3) with strands in crop production, harvesting, and vegetation control. Details can be found on the Connexis website
Vehicles, Machinery and Infrastructure Level 3
You will expand your skills, understanding how to deal with workplace hazards and gain hands on experience with vehicles, machinery and infrastructure. Primary ITO website.
End of Course Employment
RCNZ welcomes and encourages people who want to work in rural contracting.
You could talk to one of our members in your area
Ideally you will have the New Zealand Certificate in Rural Contracting (Level 3) with Strands in Crop Production, Harvesting and Vegetation Control. This is available through our Industry Training Organisation ITO – Connexis. This qualification will show you are able to work independently on a range of rural contracting activities, operate rural contracting machinery and work with limited to no supervision.
RCNZ also supports introductory training courses to get you work-ready. Contact our CEO Roger Parton for details of a course near you.
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