student story

Rianna Climo

Rianna chose a career in Agriculture

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“Follow your dreams and just get started” is the advice from Rianna Climo, a 2021 agriculture graduate who’s working in a job she loves and has already had her first promotion.

Rianna joined the Tai Poutini Polytechnic/Primary ITO agriculture training programme from high school. She’d got a taste of working on the farm through the West Coast Trades Academy and knew she was keen on physical work and
making a living off the land.

“If you’re interested in farming this programme is 100% for you”

Rianna Climo

2021 Agriculture Graduate

“The work was definitely a challenge and I was learning new things every day. The best past was getting outside, getting to know everyone and having the support of great tutors.

“The study pushed me and helped me get work on a dairy farm in Moana where I’m loving my job. I’ve already been moved up from dairy assistant to assistant dairy production manager and next year I’m looking at applying
for a 2IC position.

“If you’re interested in farming this programme is 100% for you: you learn so many things and get so many opportunities to do stuff on farm and in class. You’ll get your NCEA levels through the ITO classes and you also get to follow your dreams and enjoy yourself every day.”