Train­ing re­vamp

South Waikato News - - FARMING -

The Pri­mary In­dus­try Train­ing Or­gan­i­sa­tion wel­comes the new ap­pren­tice­ship ini­tia­tives an­nounced by the Government.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion is one of the largest ITOs in New Zealand, fa­cil­i­tat­ing train­ing in the agri­cul­ture, hor­ti­cul­ture, equine, water and sports turf sec­tors.

As the pri­mary in­dus­try is one of New Zealand’s most im­por­tant sec­tors, in­vest­ing in the skills and knowl­edge of our peo­ple en­sures the sec­tor con­tin­ues to thrive. Agri­cul­tural and hor­ti­cul­tural prod­ucts ac­count for 40 per cent of New Zealand’s ex­ports.

The re­cently an­nounced changes mean that Mod­ern Ap­pren­tice­ships and other ap­pren­tice­ship- type train­ing will come un­der an ex­panded and im­proved scheme called New Zealand Ap­pren­tice­ships.

‘‘The an­nounce­ment recog­nises that in­dus­try train­ing of­fers value- for- money and high qual­ity train­ing,’’ says Tracey Shep­herd, Stan­dard Set­ting Gen­eral Man­ager, Pri­mary ITO.

‘‘ In par­tic­u­lar, we wel­come the pro­posed in­crease in the fund­ing rate for in­dus­try trainees to $3200 per Stan­dard Train­ing Mea­sure which equates to a 10 per cent in­crease,’’ Ms Shep­herd said.

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