New train­ing due to start on Mon­day

South Waikato News - - RURAL DELIVERY -

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.

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