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 www.agito.ac.nz.
CHALLENGES: Pig farmers are facing industry-related challenges.