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Whether you’re interested in agriculture, horticulture, horses or rural animal technology, the NATIONAL TRADE ACADEMY offers school leavers and mature students the opportunity to earn qualifications in a hands-on learning environment.

Based just 10 minutes from Christchurch city, NTA provides training and education that leads to nationally-recognised qualifications in a range of land-based industries.

The training centre, based on 70 hectares at McLeans Island, offers specialist purpose-built facilities to ensure students receive quality, professional hands-on training.

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“All students are involved in the day-to-day running and development of the farm and riding school. On-site we have classrooms, horticulture nursery, glasshouse, shadehouse, irrigated pastures, student common room, café, farm animals, ‘all-weather’ riding arenas, stables and yards. Everything you expect from a top quality, training facility is conveniently all on site,” says National Trade Academy Marketing Manager Belinda McAnally.

Courses are delivered on site and most can be completed either full time or part time, and enrolments are open all year. Inquire now for our full time and part time rural animal technician level 5 certificate.


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