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.