Otago Polytechnic

New Zealand Certificate in Land Skills (Level 2)

Location

Dunedin 

Duration
9 weeks full-time
Delivery

Two days onsite at Otago Polytechnic Dunedin Campus and three days a week at the Malcam Trust site

Credits
30
Level
2
Start
October 2019

Looking for a way to get some hands-on learning and increase your chances of getting a job?

This programme, offered in partnership with the Malcam Trust, has a great mix of study and hands-on experience and will give you the skills you need to work in farming, agriculture, horticulture, conservation or other outdoor-related areas.

You'll take part in practical workshops at Otago Polytechnic, undertake 150 hours of authentic work experience, volunteer in the community, explore your own study style and potential work options, learn about Health and Safety and build your employability skills (reading, writing, numeracy, digital literacy and the use of Te Reo). 

With small class sizes and very supportive staff, take advantage of the chance to upskill in a way that suits you. 

And, if you're keen to keep learning once you finish this programme, we provide plenty of options for further study in trades, farming, conservation and outdoor, practical work.   

Entry requirements
  • There are no academic entry requirements.

Selection criteria

  • Applicants will need to have a meeting with a Malcam Charitable Trust staff member to ensure the programme will meet your needs. 
What will I study? 

This programme is a great mix of study and hands-on experience. You'll take part in practical workshops, volunteer in the community, undertake 150 hours of work experience, explore your own study style and potential careers, learn about Health and Safety and build your employability skills (reading, writing, numeracy, digital literacy, use of Te Reo). 

Course and overview Topics and assessment Duration

Health and Safety

(5 credits)

Learn how to apply health and safety practices in a farm-related context 

  • Managing personal safety and safety of others in rural environments
  • Safe use and maintenance of hand tools
  • Responsibility of workers in health and safety, leave, holidays, sick leave, and contracts

Assessment

  • Written assessment 
  • Observation checklist 

Weeks 1-8:

  • 1 day per week in work placement, and
  • 1/2 day per week at Otago Polytechnic 

Employability Skills 

(15 credits)

Gain the employability skills you need to be successful in a farm-related context 

  • Digital technology, literacy and numeracy in a primary industry context (budgets, taxes, Kiwi Saver, loans) 
  • Skills required for employment in primary workplaces and pathways to development
  • Career planning, CVs and interview skills  

Assessment 

  • e-Portfolio

Weeks 1-8:

  • 1.5 days per week


Practical Skills

(10 credits)

Demonstrate practical skills in a farm-related context

  • Placement at plant nursery, farm or on conservation/biodiversity projects or any other outdoor practical work experience setting (specific work tasks will be seasonal and depend on workplace priorities) 
  • One week conservation work-based week 

Assessment 

  • Observation checklists for placement providers (assessed and moderated by Otago Polytechnic staff)

Weeks 1-8:

  • Two days per week 

 

 

Week 9

  • One week 

 

Additional costs

Safety gear and protective clothing will be provided by Malcam Trust or Otago Polytechnic when necessary.  

Further study options

Get further training in farming, agriculture, horticulture or conservation with Otago Polytechnic's New Zealand Certificate in Foundation Skills (Level 2) or New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3)

Student loans and allowances

Domestic students (only) will be eligible to go onto the Job Seeker benefit through Work and Income NZ. You will need to apply for this on an individual basis.

Disclaimer

While every effort is made to ensure that this sheet is accurate, Otago Polytechnic reserves the right to amend, alter or withdraw any of the contained information. The fees shown in this document are indicative ONLY. Both domestic and international fees are subject to change and are dependent on the development and implementation of Government policies. Please note that additional fees may from time to time be required for external examination, NZQA fees and/or additional material fees.

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