Primary Industry Academy (PIA)

By For more information - Mrs Foley-Smith | Posted: Saturday July 31, 2021

The Primary Industry Academy is a skills based course, which links school, Industry Training Organisations, and employers. Practical Education for the real world. Volunteer work with a rural focus is a key course component.

LEVEL ONE

Applications are open NOW and need to be completed online here by 19 August.

Code: L1PIA

Course of Study

The Level 1 course provides a taster year to give students exposure to various aspects of primary industry so that they are able to make an informed choice when it comes to selecting their Level 2 course. The end result is work-ready students who have a clearly defined career path ahead of them.

It is a well-resourced course which gives practical, hands-on learning for students. Level One forms part of the two year course with students working towards their New Zealand Certificate in Primary Sector Skills (Level 2).

Entry Criteria

  • Limited places available –students must apply via written application and attend an interview with parents/caregivers
  • Have a keen interest in Primary Industry – Ag, Hort, or Forestry
  • Evidence of good school attendance
  • Be reliable, motivated, enthusiastic

Assessment 

Internal 

Up to 40 credits – Unit Standards. Students gain National Certificate in Primary Sector Skills Level 2. Field Trips: Approximately 10 teacher- led field visits – no cost Uniform hire $10 per item (Shirt, leggings and three jackets)

Agri Learn Courses

These are run by Agri Learn in Timaru. Students may gain industry Unit Standard credits in:

  • Quad and motorbikes – Flat terrain trailed and mounted equipment
  • Fencing -permanent & temporary
  • Water supply

These courses are compulsory for all PIA Students. It is expected that once you have confirmed your interest you will commit to the possible extra study to be undertaken in your own time, with help from your teacher, with some assessments being held in lunchtimes. You will also be required to attend up to 6 weekend days of practical assessments held in Timaru. The dates for the practical weekends will be confirmed in November.

Fundraising: students are expected to participate in fundraising activities where they can e.g. tree planting, firewood. Proceeds go towards clothing, equipment and course fees


LEVEL TWO

Applications for new students to be completed online here by 19 August. 

Code: L2PIA

Course of Study 

Students focus on an area of interest and work towards their New Zealand Certificate in Primary Sector Skills L2 in Agriculture, Dairy, Beef / Sheep, Forestry or Horticulture. One day per week on work placement. The practical component is completed in the workplace and the theory units at school.

Students participate in New Zealand Young Farmers’ Teen Ag competition and Agri Learn Training Courses. 

When possible, these courses are held during weekends.

  • Chainsaws (3 days)
  • Advanced Bikes (1 day) -Level 1 bikes course completion a prerequisite
  • Advanced Fencing (2 days)
  • Tractors (2 days)
  • Animal Handling (1 day)

Entry Criteria 

L1 Primary industry is desirable but not essential. New students must:

  • Apply to be considered via written application and attend an interview with their parents/caregivers
  • Have a keen interest in Primary Industry – Agriculture, Horticulture, Forestry. NB: Forestry entry is by negotiation
  • Evidence of good school attendance
  • Be reliable, motivated and enthusiastic
  • Complete the extra Level 1 AgriLearn courses where applicable

Assessment 

Internal

Unit Standards – up to 30-40 credits NZ Certificate in Primary Industry Skills (L2)

Costs

$10 per item uniform hire (Shirt, leggings and three jackets)


LEVEL THREE

Applications for new students to be completed online here by 19 August. 

Code: L3PIA

Course of Study 

National Certificate in Feeding & Pastures. In conjunction with Primary ITO and Agri Learn, students are on a farm 1-2 days per week – this can be during term time, weekends or holidays, plus 10 days at Agri Learn. GHS is part of the Aorangi region school cluster with students from a variety of schools forming this class.

Students have a dairy or sheep / beef focus with an emphasis on Livestock feeding and pastures

Entry Criteria

Entry is by application and interview only and is aimed at students who are wanting to work on a farm. This course continues for students once they enter employment. Any student may join this course – Level 2 Primary industry is desirable but not essential. 

New students must:

  • Apply to be considered via written application and attend an interview with their parents/caregivers
  • Have a keen interest in Primary Industry – Agriculture, Horticulture
  • Evidence of good school attendance
  • Be reliable, motivated and enthusiastic

Assessment 

Internal

Evidence portfolio plus unit standards. Possible 40 credits at L3.

Costs

$10 per item uniform hire (Shirt, leggings and three jackets)


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