New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Farming Systems) Scholarship - Returning to Study, Career Changers or School Leavers - 2017


100% Fee Reduction


One year

Number awarded


Closing date

19 Jun 2017




Christchurch, Timaru, Oamaru, Ashburton

Ara is offering scholarships for students returning to study, career changers, and school leavers. Farming plays a crucial part in New Zealand’s economy. A career in agriculture can lead you into management, farm management, and farm ownership or into business.

A great place to start or continue your learning journey is with our Farm Cadet Programme Level 3. This programme will develop your knowledge and capabilities in livestock handling, husbandry, milk harvesting, pasture management as well as farm machinery and safety.

This programme is delivered in a cadetship model. You will spend the first 13 weeks in full time study focusing on work place health and safety, riding quad and motorbikes and driving tractors and light utility vehicles.

Location: South Canterbury


To be eligible to apply for this scholarship you must meet all of the following conditions.

  • Be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident at the time of application
  • Have met the academic entry requirements for the NZ Certificate in Agriculture (Farming Systems) Level 3
  • Intending to be a full time student within this programme
  • Note: a drivers licence is highly recommended
  • You may be required to attend an interview with Department of Primary Industries staff.

How to apply

You can apply for this scholarship by completing an application form and returning it to Scholarships, PO Box 540, Christchurch 8140 or emailing it to:

As part of the application you will nominate two referees who will be contacted to provide a reference for you.

One should come from a teacher or principal who is able to comment on your academic performance and your ability to succeed in this programme or someone from your workplace who can attest to your relevant experience. The other should be from someone able to attest to your character and should not be a family member.

Late applications may be considered.

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