Career Advisors

  • Are there children at your school that aren’t doing well with the traditional education model?
  • Are they going to get those all-important NCEA results that keep the school’s academic performance where it needs to be?
  • Could those children do better outside the classroom learning practical skills that also incorporate numeracy and literacy?
  • Would credits gained at school give them an advantage when continuing their Tertiary Education?

We can help!

We recognise there are many ways to provide an education, and there are many ways a student can learn and succeed.

Our programmes are practical, hands-on training, with embedded numeracy and literacy content that contribute towards NCEA Level 1, 2, 3 credits.

Students can stay at school for 3 or 4 days a week and continue with the usual subjects like Maths and English, and spend the remaining 1 or 2 days with Ag Challenge.

Ag Challenge delivers a quality programme, the school gets the results they want without losing any funding and the student is better off.

Study is during school hours and transport is provided to and from our campus.

Our programmes lead to real jobs and a real future for these students!

What we offer

Secondary Tertiary Partnership – STP

Funding through the Secondary Tertiary Partnership supports Ag Challenge to work with secondary schools in providing innovative pathways to successfully prepare and transition students from secondary education to tertiary education.

The student is able to focus on achieving a nationally recognised qualification whilst still enrolled at secondary school. They are enrolled with Ag Challenge in a part time programme of study, and attend onsite 1 or 2 days per week. The remaining 3 or 4 days is undertaken in school.

The STP programme is for year 11 through 13 secondary school students who:

  • wish to study toward a tertiary qualification and
  • would benefit from enrolment in an industry-focused qualification, and
  • are focused on a vocational pathway into industry.

Dual Pathways Pilot – DPP

Funding through the Dual Pathways Pilot supports Ag Challenge to work with secondary schools in providing innovative pathways to successfully prepare and transition students from secondary education to tertiary education or employment.

Students are enrolled by Ag Challenge in a part time programme of study, and attend onsite 1 or 2 days per week. The remaining 3 or 4 days is undertaken in school.

The Dual Pathways Pilot is for year 12 and 13 secondary school students who:

  • Are 16 or over and wish to study up to .3500eft or 42 credits toward a tertiary qualification
  • would benefit from enrolment in an industry-focused qualification, and
  • are not planning to enter university or continue their secondary school education. 

Secondary Tertiary Alignment Resource – STAR

Schools administrated funding that allows secondary schools to engage Ag Challenge to provide training and education to their students under a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for specific programmes or Unit Standards.  Ag Challenge currently delivers Carpentry and Agriculture STAR programmes to local schools.

Students attend Ag Challenge onsite one day per week and are often working toward 20 credits from a nationally recognised certificate. Students complete Unit Standards at this level and receive an excellent head start towards gaining a New Zealand Certificate in the field of their choice and can continue with one of our fulltime programmes.

The objectives of STAR are to:

  • provide flexible funding for courses which will better respond to students’ needs, motivate them to achieve, and facilitate their smooth transition to further education, training or employment
  • support students to explore career pathways and help them make informed decisions about their schooling and future work or study.

Gateway – Distance Learning

Our Gateway Distance Learning Programme is available to everyone and enables students to learn at their own pace and in their own environment.

It’s a user pays correspondence programme that can be accessed by schools or individuals who want to upskill. The programme offers a range of NZQA unit standards in Animal Care, Agriculture, Carpentry.

Gateway is for students at school working towards NCEA Level 2 and 3 as well as those who are looking to upskill and acquire knowledge in specific areas.

Unit standard packages are available in:

  • Agriculture
  • Animal Care / Veterinary Nursing
  • Building & Construction

Find Out More About Gateway

Talk to us to find out more.

We can meet with you and talk through the options.