Katikati Advertiser

New course for hor­ti­cul­ture in­dus­try


AWe’re thrilled to be sup­port­ing work­ing pro­fes­sion­als ful­fil their pas­sion for hor­ti­cul­ture by equip­ping them with the skills they’ll need to op­er­ate at amore se­nior level.

nex­cit­ingnew­pro­gramme is avail­able for peo­ple work­ing in hor­ti­cul­ture to ad­vance their ca­reers and take on­man­age­ment roles. The­NewZealand Diploma in Hor­ti­cul­ture Pro­duc­tion is a Level 6 NZQA-ac­cred­ited course avail­able on­line and na­tion­wide through Fruition Hor­ti­cul­ture.

The fees-free two-year pro­gramme has been de­signed to de­velop the skills and knowl­edge of peo­ple em­ployed in the in­dus­try so they can con­trib­ute at a se­nior tech­ni­cal or man­age­rial level. En­rol­ments for the 2021 in­take are be­ing taken now.

Fruition Hor­ti­cul­ture man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Sandy Scar­row says the hor­ti­cul­ture in­dus­try’s growth­means busi­nesses re­quire morepeo­ple in man­age­ment and tech­ni­cal roles to lead their teams and sup­port grow­ers to­be­comem­ore suc­cess­ful in their or­chards and vine­yards.

“This pro­gramme is aimed at peo­ple­whoal­ready have sev­eral years of in­dus­try ex­pe­ri­ence and whoare highly mo­ti­vated to ad­vance their ca­reers and take ad­van­tage of man­age­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties as they arise.

“We’re thrilled to be sup­port­ing work­ing pro­fes­sion­als ful­fil their pas­sion for hor­ti­cul­ture by equip­ping themwith the skills they’ll need to op­er­ate at amore se­nior level.”

Hor­ti­cul­ture isNewZeala­nd’s fourth largest ex­port in­dus­try and is worth $7 bil­lion to the econ­omy. About60per cent ofNewZeala­nd’s to­tal hor­ti­cul­tural pro­duc­tion is ex­ported to­more than 124 coun­tries. Ki­wifruit alone ac­counts for close to $2 bil­lion in ex­port earn­ings.

Par­tic­i­pants in Fruition Hor­ti­cul­ture’s Level 6 pro­gramme will fo­cus on the spe­cial­ist re­quire­ments for ‘process

im­prove­ment’ for meet­ing do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional mar­ket re­quire­ments. The in­dus­try’sde­mand for in­no­va­tive so­lu­tion­s­means­the course will also de­velop stu­dents’ abil­ity to as­sess the merit of prod­ucts

or tech­nolo­gies so they can be in­tro­duced to ahor­ti­cul­tural work­place.

The course will en­able grad­u­ates tomake­in­formed strate­gic busi­ness de­ci­sions and the in­dus­try will ben­e­fit by hav­ing ex­pe­ri­enced tech­ni­cal spe­cial­ists with the skills to op­ti­mise work­place ef­fi­ciency and lift the com­pet­i­tive edge of their or­gan­i­sa­tions.

Stu­dents are ex­pected to re­main em­ployed dur­ing the univer­sity-level pro­gramme, with course con­tent de­liv­ered on­line to fit around their work.

Fees will be cov­ered un­der the Tar­geted Train­ing and Ap­pren­tice­ship Fund(TTAF) as hor­ti­cul­ture is an in­dus­try where de­mand­from em­ploy­ers is ex­pected to grow dur­ingNewZeal­and’s re­cov­ery from the im­pacts of Covid19. This fund­ing pro­vides an av­enue for stu­dents want­ing to up­grade their ter­tiary qual­i­fi­ca­tions or trans­fer from other in­dus­tries.

Fruition Hor­ti­cul­ture is based in the Bay of Plenty and also op­er­ates of­fices in Hawke’s Bay and Nel­son/ Marl­bor­ough. It pro­vides spe­cial­ist con­sul­tancy, tech­ni­cal, re­search and train­ing ser­vices to the hor­ti­cul­tural in­dus­try.

In Katikati Sandy works along­side Hi­lary John­son, head of hor­ti­cul­ture at Katikati Col­lege and sup­ports the Katikati In­no­va­tive Hor­ti­cul­ture Project which aims to build a hor­ti­cul­ture cen­tre of ex­cel­lence.

“Wedo al­ready have teach­ing venues in Tau­ranga thatwe­would use so as not to add time and cost for a tu­tor to travel to Katikati to de­liver the pro­gramme.

“There is no rea­son how­ever that there couldn’t be a clus­ter of learn­ers based from the In­no­va­tive Hor­ti­cul­ture Cen­trewho­could en­gage in the pro­gramme via a dis­tance de­liv­ery mode,” Sandy says.

This­new­pro­gramme adds to the suite of ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties pro­vided by Fruitions qual­i­fied and ex­pe­ri­enced teach­ers. It of­fers the Lin­coln Univer­sity Diploma in Hor­ti­cul­ture (Level 5) to Bay of Plenty and Nel­son stu­dentswhoga­in their qual­i­fi­ca­tion while be­ing able to stay in their place of work. It part­ners with the Pri­mary ITO to de­liver cour­ses for the Hor­ti­cul­tural Ap­pren­tice­ship pro­gramme and pro­vides tu­ition for the­NewZealand Cer­tifi­cate in Hor­ti­cul­ture and Hor­ti­cul­tural Pro­duc­tion (Lev­els 3 to 4) to hor­ti­cul­tural ap­pren­tices na­tion­ally.

Fruition also sup­ports youth aged 16-19whoaren’t en­gaged in ed­u­ca­tion or em­ploy­ment as part of its Level 2HeTu¯ranga aMo¯ te Mahi pro­gramme. With a fo­cus on pro­vid­ing pas­toral care and valu­able work skills, morethan90­per cent of stu­dents go on to fur­ther study or are of­fered em­ploy­ment in hor­ti­cul­ture.

Funded by the Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs and Trade, Fruition also de­liv­ers the Vakameasin­a pro­gramme to sea­sonal work­ers from Pa­cific coun­tries dur­ing their stay in NewZealand. They learn lit­er­acy and nu­mer­acy skills as well as ed­u­ca­tion about health, safety, bud­get­ing and the­NewZealand Road Code.

Phone (07) 928 5350 or vis­itwww. fruition.ac.nz to learn­more­about Fruition’s Level 6 pro­gramme.

 ??  ?? Fruition Hor­ti­cul­ture man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Sandy Scar­row.
Fruition Hor­ti­cul­ture man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Sandy Scar­row.

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