New irrigation engineering apprenticeship

Charlotte Butler.
Charlotte Butler.
IrrigationNZ is to offer a new irrigation engineering apprenticeship in 2019.

The course is designed for those who want to work as an irrigation service technician.

It will be suited to those already working in this area who want to upskill themselves and gain a formal qualification as well as those who want to get into a new career.

School leavers or those not working in the industry can also join the apprenticeship and IrrigationNZ can place learners with an employer.

The new Irrigation Engineering Apprenticeship is a four-year qualification which is made up of two certificates, one of which is NZQA Level 3 and one of which is NZQA Level 4.

It will be delivered as a mix of block courses, eLearning and on-the-job training.

The qualification will cover how to fabricate, install and maintain irrigation components, pipes, pumps and backflow prevention, and electrical and mechanical requirements when installing or servicing irrigation systems.

IrrigationNZ's commercial manager Charlotte Butler said there was a steady demand for irrigation service technicians and it could be hard to fill roles in regional locations.

People enrolling in the new apprenticeship scheme may be eligible for the Government's fees free programme, which covers the first year of study if they meet certain criteria.

To find out more about the apprenticeship contact Charlotte Butler at IrrigationNZ on 027 357 3140 or email

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