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Industry Connections

Local companies, Crown Research Institutes, Universities, government agencies and other organisations connect with the Centre for Applied Science and Primary Industries in a range of ways. Our industry connections host work placements, give guest lectures, commission contract research, participate in collaborative research, provide supervision of student projects, support student prizes and more ...

Employers keenly seek graduates from the Centre, that's why local and international students choose Wintec. If your organisation is recruiting graduates, or you would like to join the many organisations with links to the Centre, please contact our team at for more information.

Employer partnership groups

Employer partnership groups are a way for businesses and community groups in the Waikato region to get together with staff from the Centre for Applied Science and Primary Industries to talk about key industry trends, issues and directions.

Each group has around eight to ten members and meets three times a year. The purpose of these groups is to make sure that the training and education Wintec is offering its students is meeting the needs of businesses and organisations in our region. Members give strategic advice as well as feedback on the currency and relevance of teaching and the employability of our graduates.

Agricultural industry connections

Where better to learn agriculture than in the centre of New Zealand's largest dairying area, the Waikato? There are over 6,000 dairy farmers all within a two hour drive of the Wintec classroom.

Wintec keeps in close contact with the industry through such organisations as Fonterra and a Dairy Education Hub with membership made up of a range of education providers and companies involved in the dairy industry. Regular meetings are held between Wintec and farmers to ensure that we are teaching students what farmers need in an employee.

Horticulture, Arboriculture and Landscape Design industry connections

Industry is on the doorstep - literally - for students of Horticulture, Arboriculture, and Landscape Design and Construction. Being located at the internationally recognised Hamilton Gardens means students learn first-hand how industry operates.

Our students carry out projects involving the maintenance of the Gardens. In recent years, the Hamilton Gardens has undertaken several large landscaping projects which students have been able to watch and learn from, with the added advantage of working with professional staff at the Hamilton Gardens.