Course gen­er­ates goals and skills

Matamata Chronicle - - Rural Delivery -

Afree pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment pro­gramme, Gen­er­ate, aimed at up­skilling agri­cul­ture pro­fes­sion­als, be­gins in Mor­rinsville on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 7.

The pro­gramme is free and leads to a na­tion­ally recog­nised Cer­tifi­cate in Ru­ral Lead­er­ship.

A to­tal of nine work­shops cover as­pects as var­ied as peo­ple skills to mar­ket­ing. Sue Pothe­cary, a farmer and ex­pe­ri­enced fa­cil­i­ta­tor, will present the Mor­rinsville pro­gramme.

‘‘I love see­ing peo­ple achieve their goals – em­pow­er­ing peo­ple to re­alise their am­bi­tions is ex­tremely re­ward­ing. Ul­ti­mately Gen­er­ate will raise the skill level across the in­dus­try as a whole. In the short term Gen­er­ate sup­ports in­di­vid­u­als to iden­tify and achieve their goals, mak­ing them more ef­fec­tive as em­ploy­ers and em­ploy­ees and giv­ing them the con­fi­dence to take on lead­er­ship roles within the community,’’ Mrs Pothe­cary said.

‘‘Their new skills of­ten make a pos­i­tive con­tri­bu­tion in their per­sonal lives.

‘‘Gen­er­ate sup­ports the de­vel­op­ment of peo­ple of all ages and at all stages in their ca­reers. I have fa­cil­i­tated groups with peo­ple aged from 16 to 65; farm own­ers, those not in work and ru­ral pro­fes­sion­als – each have dif­fer­ent rea­sons for par­tic­i­pat­ing.’’

Dif­fer­ent groups had dif­fer­ent dy­nam­ics but es­sen­tially Gen­er­ate built con­fi­dence and skills, she said.

‘‘Each work­shop is struc­tured around a topic but I find that the dis­cus­sion and net­work­ing that goes on within each group is equally valu­able. I know that par­tic­i­pants en­joy the so­cial at­mos­phere of the work­shops and some­times learn with­out even re­al­is­ing it.’’

Beth De Groot, a Gen­er­ate Cam­bridge grad­u­ate, was al­ready clear about her per­sonal and pro­fes­sional goals when she joined Gen­er­ate. She val­ued the pro­gramme for the op­por­tu­nity to fo­cus on the steps and skills she needed to re­alise her am­bi­tions.

‘‘Gen­er­ate made me bet­ter able to com­mu­ni­cate with peo­ple, it gave me more con­fi­dence to speak and ex­press what I wanted to do in the fu­ture,’’ Mrs De Groot said.

A change of ca­reer from vet nurse in Whakatane took Mrs De Groot and her hus­band sharemilk­ing in Waikato.

Now liv­ing on a fam­ily farm in Matakohe with her new baby, she plans to gain agribusi­ness skills and be­lieves she will be able to bal­ance her life as a mother with progress in her agri­cul­tural ca­reer.

‘‘The Gen­er­ate pro­gramme has given me con­fi­dence and a range of skills. Learn­ing more about the busi­ness side of farm­ing is my next step, I will be able to make a valu­able con­tri­bu­tion to our farm­ing busi­ness as well as en­joy be­ing a mum.’’

Gen­er­ate is a na­tional pro­gramme de­liv­ered by Taratahi at cen­tres around New Zealand.

Contact Clarissa Wal­lace at gen­er­ate@taratahi.ac.nz or 0800 827 2824 for in­for­ma­tion about the Mor­rinsville Gen­er­ate or to talk about es­tab­lish­ing a new course at a cen­tre near you.

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