At­tract­ing and grow­ing new tal­ent for our sec­tor

Pri­mary ITO is com­mit­ted to po­si­tion­ing the hor­ti­cul­ture sec­tor as an ex­cit­ing and worth­while ca­reer choice and ac­knowl­edges that this will play an im­por­tant part in en­sur­ing the fu­ture suc­cess of our busi­nesses, the wider pri­mary in­dus­tries and New Zeala

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Pri­mary ITO are work­ing with or­gan­i­sa­tions across hor­ti­cul­ture sec­tors and through­out the sup­ply chain to cham­pion hor­ti­cul­ture and de­liver a co­or­di­nated strat­egy to re­cruit young peo­ple through our Gate­way and Trades Academy schools pro­grammes and Get Ahead events. These pro­vide a great way for stu­dents to get real-life work ex­pe­ri­ence and see what the sec­tor can of­fer them while they are still in sec­ondary school.

We all know hor­ti­cul­ture is about so much more than just the tra­di­tional lower-pay­ing roles that many peo­ple think of. There are op­por­tu­ni­ties to work with new tech­nol­ogy (like drones), in sales or to own your own busi­ness. Hor­ti­cul­ture pro­vides va­ri­ety to ri­val any other sec­tor - from plant breed­ing to food pro­duc­tion; or even mar­ket­ing New Zealand pro­duce to con­sumers in our ex­port mar­kets. But we need to share this - and we know per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence is one of the best ways to make it real for stu­dents and get them think­ing about a ca­reer in the sec­tor.

And of course, once we have re­cruited peo­ple to join us, we need to de­liver on the prom­ises we have made and help them to grow their skills and ca­reers. Next year Pri­mary ITO will be in­tro­duc­ing new qual­i­fi­ca­tions and train­ing pro­grammes that align to the hor­ti­cul­ture pro­duc­tion ca­reer pro­gres­sion path­way to help to do just that.

The new qual­i­fi­ca­tion path­way aims to pro­vide a clear guide for peo­ple - from school leavers right through to those who are al­ready well-ex­pe­ri­enced work­ing in the in­dus­try - to step through our in­dus­try’s qual­i­fi­ca­tions and grow their skills.

The Path­ways have been de­vel­oped in col­lab­o­ra­tion with our Pri­mary ITO In­dus­try Part­ner­ship Groups align­ing qual­i­fi­ca­tions and train­ing pro­grammes to in­dus­try roles and will con­tinue to be mod­i­fied to meet chang­ing the skill needs of the sec­tor now, and into the fu­ture. The de­vel­op­ment fol­lows a re­view of all NZQA qual­i­fi­ca­tions called TRoQ (or the Ter­tiary Re­view of Qual­i­fi­ca­tions) which worked to stan­dard­ise qual­i­fi­ca­tion of­fer­ings na­tion­wide, and to en­sure their rel­e­vance with the in­dus­tries they sup­port.

We would like to thank the in­dus­try par­tic­i­pants who have in­vested in the cre­ation of the qual­i­fi­ca­tions and train­ing pro­grammes that suit the re­quire­ments of our busi­nesses and at­tract, grow, and re­tain our peo­ple in hor­ti­cul­ture.

More de­tail about the new hor­ti­cul­ture pro­duc­tion train­ing pro­grammes is pro­vided be­low - we know it is go­ing to make a real dif­fer­ence in grow­ing the ca­reers of great peo­ple for our sec­tor. “ Kate Long­man is na­tional sec­tor man­ager hor­ti­cul­ture and viti­cul­ture for Pri­mary ITO.

She joined Pri­mary ITO in this role in May 2017 and is re­spon­si­ble for lead­ing Pri­mary ITO’s strate­gies and re­la­tion­ships with these sec­tors. Kate hails from the ki­wifruit in­dus­try and has ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence in pro­duc­tion, posthar­vest, re­search and in rep­re­sent­ing the po­lit­i­cal and com­mer­cial in­ter­ests of New Zealand grow­ers.

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