Train­ing re­vamped

South Waikato News - - RURAL DELIVERY -

Staff train­ing may be the last thing on many pig farm­ers’ minds as the in­dus­try con­tin­ues to face many new chal­lenges. But partly in re­sponse to these chal­lenges and in an ef­fort to work with the farm­ers AgITO has an­nounced changes to their Level 3 pork pro­duc­tion qual­i­fi­ca­tions.

The re­vamped cre­den­tials have more on-the-job train­ing – re­duc­ing the time trainees will have to spend off farm.

The hus­bandry and re­pro­duc­tion strands are de­signed for peo­ple work­ing dayto-day at an oper­at­ing level in the pork in­dus­try who wish to fur­ther their skills in these ar­eas in an in­door or out­door pork pro­duc­tion unit.

The cour­ses are es­pe­cially rec­om­mended for peo­ple who have the goal of be­com­ing a se­nior stock­per­son.

The re­vised cour­ses will now con­sist of just one day off job train­ing which means less time away from the farm.

The cour­ses will be fo­cused on learn­ing through do­ing, re­sult­ing in con­tin­u­ous pro­duc­tiv­ity on farm.

‘‘We are com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing top qual­i­fi­ca­tions to the pork in­dus­try. Train­ing has many ben­e­fits for trainees, in­clud­ing faster ca­reer pro­gres­sion and get­ting a na­tion­ally-recog­nised qual­i­fi­ca­tion at your own pace. For em­ploy­ers it means en­hanced work­place pro­duc­tiv­ity and prof­itabil­ity as well as in­creased em­ployee job sat­is­fac­tion and staff re­ten­tion,’’ said John Bourke, Pri­mary ITO prod­uct de­vel­op­ment man­ager.

Train­ing is key to the resur­gence of the sec­tor as a skilled work­force is vi­tal for grow­ing the pork in­dus­try’s prof­itabil­ity, pro­duc­tiv­ity and sus­tain­abil­ity in New Zealand.

AgITO hopes the re­vamped Level 3 qual­i­fi­ca­tions will have some af­fect in en­cour­ag­ing trainees and em­ploy­ees to sign up to train­ing and equip pig pro­duc­tion farms with the ex­per­tise they need to be­come pro­duc­tive and in­no­va­tive busi­nesses.

The first de­liv­ery of the re­vamped qual­i­fi­ca­tions will take place in Christchurch next month.

To reg­is­ter for train­ing or to find out more call 0800 242 343 or visit

CHAL­LENGES: Pig farm­ers are fac­ing in­dus­try-re­lated chal­lenges.

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