It is estimated the industry will need another 2,000 permanent employees and 4,000 seasonal employees within the next few years. This future growth is dependent on the ability to attract and retain young people who are highly skilled and enthusiastic and develop them to become our industry’s future leaders.

Horticulture Training

Across New Zealand, there are a range of flexible study options to develop your career or upskill your employees in the horticulture field. Programmes are available part-time or full-time.

Bay of Plenty Horticulture Qualification Options

For those living in the Bay of Plenty who are looking to upskill themselves or their workers, NZKGI have created a resource to make the qualification selection process easier.  The resource is a horticulture qualification table that encompasses all course options available in the Bay of Plenty region.

The table provides information around full-time courses, part-time courses or apprenticeships and includes entry-level options through to Level 5 Diplomas. Under the Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund (TTAF or free trades training)) all Primary Industry training, including Horticulture, is fees free until Dec 31, 2022. This includes all apprenticeships, Level 3-7 sub-degree programmes, and industry training outside of apprenticeships.

The Horticulture Qualification resource is available here.

Apprenticeships and Traineeships
Primary Industry Training Organisation (ITO) 0800 208 020
Eastern Institute of Technology (Hawkes Bay, Gisborne) 0800 225 5348 
North Tec 0800 808 856 
Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology 0800 864 646
Nelson & Marlborough Institute of Technology 0800 422 733
Manukau Institute of Technology 0800 62 62 52 
Open Polytechnic 0508 650 200
Unitec 0800 109 510
Private Training Organisations
Fruition Horticulture (07) 928 5350 
Pacific Coast Technical Institute (07) 575 2185
Valley Education & Training Enterprises Ltd (07) 868 7892
University Diplomas and Degrees
Massey University 0800 627739 
Lincoln University 0800 106 010
Waikato University  0800 924 5286