Otago Polytechnic

Level 2 Primary Industry Skills


Central Otago

November - May

On campus and at a local cherry orchard and vineyards

40 (Horticulture); 15 (English language)
  • Location
    Study breaks
  • Central Otago
    18 November 2019
PLUS a 15-credit English course

Earn while you learn in beautiful Central Otago. 

This programme allows you to improve your English language skills while you learn about the horticulture and/or the New Zealand wine-making industry. You will get hands-on experience working in the industry as you harvest cherries in the summer and grapes in the autumn.

The programme content is formed from key units of learning used throughout the New Zealand horticulture/viticulture industry. This means that you will be well-prepared to work as the skills you gain are industry-relevant and up-to-date.

  • Late November to mid-December: You will take part in English language classes and study horticulture.
  • Mid-December to late January: Gain hands-on experience harvesting cherries.  
  • Late January to late March: Resume your English and horticulture studies.
  • Late March to late April: Gain hands-on experience harvesting grapes. 

Graduates will achieve the New Zealand Certificate in Primary Industry Skills (Level 2). 

Entry requirements
  • This programme has open entry and is only available to international students.
  • You must supply us with certified proof of identity. 
You will study
Horticulture and/or Viticulture

You will study a range of different horticulture/viticulture units. These will help you to gain an understanding of both theoretical and practical topics. 

English language

Develop your English language reading, writing, speaking and listening skills during this class. You will gain knowledge across a small range of topics relating to community services and resources, including some aspects of employment and education. The content will be tailored to suit your needs and may include topics such as recreation, sustainability, festivals or employment. 

Upon successful completion of the programme, you will be awarded the New Zealand Certificate in Primary Industry Skills (Level 2) and will receive a Record of Achievement for the 15-credit English course. 

Programme timetable (2019/2020)
Dates Description

9.00am-12.00pm Daily English Class
1.00pm-3.00pm Horticulture or Viticulture class

18 November to
mid-December, 2019 

Welcome and orientation tour
Discover New Zealand
Preparation for work

Mid-December, 2019 
to late January, 2020

Work harvesting cherries.
You may earn a minimum of NZ$4000 ** during this time.

February, 2020
to late March, 2020

Monday to Friday
English and Horticulture/Viticulture class

March/April, 2020

Work harvesting grapes.
You may earn a minimum of NZ$3000 ** during this time.

April, 2020

English and Horticulture/Viticulture class

1 May, 2020

 Graduation and farewell

**Please note: Earnings may vary as work is weather/climate dependent. Work dates may vary according to weather/climate. 


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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