Schools, STAR & Gateway Courses


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Schools, STAR & Gateway Courses

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Schools, STAR & Gateway Courses

Our STAR and Gateway courses range from short block courses to full programmes on behalf of Secondary Schools.



Short courses are available in a range of subjects from one to three days:

  • Fencing
  • Quad Bikes
  • Farm Health & Safety
  • Chainsaw Safety
  • Industry Health & Safety
  • Learner Licence
  • Customer Service and Employment Law



STAR programmes are available in agriculture.  STAR courses are held weekly for half or full days and are held at LBT classrooms with practical components held on-farm. Schools may also opt for classes to be held at the school.

Student numbers are set between 10 and 12 per course to meet health and safety policy requirements, and also fits well with van transport to practical facilities.



Gateway has been designed to help schools meet the learning needs of all their students. Gateway assists schools to make learning relevant, and to broaden students’ options by offering workplace learning.

It also enables schools to help their students by strengthening the range of career pathways into adult life and independence.

Students pursue individual learning programmes which allow them to gain new skills and knowledge in a workplace in their local community.  The learning is hands-on and practical.


GATEWAY GOES ONLINE – Module options for students include our most popular courses – General Agriculture, Dairy, Sheep and Beef.  You will be given online access to download these modules for a full year as well as ongoing support from our experienced Tutors. Please contact our office for more information, or download the 2021 Gateway Order Form on this page.


Download our STAR & Gateway Booklet – 2021 to view all our available courses






Land Based Training offer Schools who hold contracts with us the opportunity to compete in the Agricultural Interschool Competition. This is an annual event held at regional level with the three top schools competing in the national competition

This competition allows secondary schools who participate in our STAR and Gateway courses to come together and battle it out and show off their agricultural skills.  Some of the events include stock handling, quad bike riding skills, general knowledge, team building exercises, tractor driving and much more.  The winners of each regional competition are then invited to the finals at Otiwhiti Station, Hunterville

Otiwhiti is a fantastic venue to host the finals and is a great chance to showcase the Training School to future cadets, school teachers and parents.  Sponsors donate fantastic prizes for the top three teams and the winning school get to take home the Land Based Training Shield.


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