New training due to start on Monday
Anew industry training organisation, the Primary ITO, is being established to facilitate industry training in the agriculture, horticulture, equine, water and sports turf sectors.
As from Monday, the Primary ITO will be formally recognised by Minister for Tertiary Education Steven Joyce as the ITO for the primary industries sector.
The new ITO will merge the agriculture and horticulture ITOs and will continue to be responsible for water industry, equine and New Zealand Sports Turf training.
The move ushers in a new era in primary sector training, Primary ITO chief executive Kevin Bryant says.
“The Primary ITO will bring greater efficiencies and benefits for industry training and skills transfer in New Zealand’s most important industry. There’ll be more resources for training, better quality training and better outcomes. ‘‘Agricultural and horticultural products account for 40 per cent ($18.2 billion) of our exports. New Zealand needs a world-class training system to meet the needs of employers and cope with new technologies and innovations.”
The Primary ITO will develop people with a transferable skill set, capable of growing the profitability, productivity and sustainability of the industry.
The merger of existing primary sector ITOs will allow the new body to play a greater leadership role across the primary sector, Mr Bryant says.
“There’s a natural fit between the primary sector training organisations. We have a history of working together. The merger will enable us to be more influential and a more effective advocate for skills development across the sector.”
Under the new structure, Industry Partnership Groups (IPGs), representing various sectors of the industry, will have an important role at a governance and operational level. This will ensure that the Primary ITO is responsive to the evolving needs of New Zealand’s number one industry.
Mr Bryant says a priority will be ensuring continuity of service to existing customers while the operational aspects of the ITOs are merged.
“From the customer’s point of view it will be ‘business as usual’ – same training adviser and same service,” Mr Bryant says. “What customers will notice over time are improvements and efficiencies in the training system we deliver.”
The minister will launch the Primary ITO officially on October 10. Most support functions and processes will be in place by the New Year.
TUITION CHANGE: Primary ITO is being established to train its members in agriculture, horticulture, equine, water and sports turf sectors.