26 Feb New primary industries teaching facility up and running at Nayland College

After two years’ consultation, planning and construction, a new learning environment dedicated to developing Nelson’s primary industries is up and running at Nayland College. The new space is the product of a long process of rejuvenation, following a major fire in 2012 that damaged the horticulture and automotive trade facilities. An agreement between the Nayland College Board of Trustees and the Ministry of Education gifted the old horticulture classroom to Nelson College, in exchange for Ministry funding for the new facility.

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Teacher in charge of horticulture, Jeff Bryant, describes the new space as “up there with the best” primary industries teaching spaces in the country in terms of resources and design. By replicating tools and technology from a number of industries the facility handles everything, from tractors and livestock to forage and fruit crops. The space to accommodate multiple classes at any one time allows Nayland College to offer these important courses to increasing numbers of students, aligning with the Ministry of Education’s recent Vocational Pathways initiative. Jeff will use the new facility to offer real-world learning for his students, preparing them for careers in these vital regional industries.

 

Read the Nelson Mail article here.