At­tract­ing and grow­ing new tal­ent for our sec­tor

The Orchardist - - Careers - By Kate Long­man

“Pri­mary ITO is com­mit­ted to po­si­tion­ing the hor­ti­cul­ture sec­tor as an ex­cit­ing and worth­while ca­reer choice and ac­knowl­edges that this will play an im­por­tant part in en­sur­ing the fu­ture suc­cess of our businesses, the wider pri­mary in­dus­tries and New Zealand.

Pri­mary ITO are work­ing with or­gan­i­sa­tions across hor­ti­cul­ture sec­tors and through­out the sup­ply chain to cham­pion hor­ti­cul­ture and de­liver a co­or­di­nated strat­egy to re­cruit young peo­ple through our Gate­way and Trades Academy schools pro­grammes and Get Ahead events. These pro­vide a great way for stu­dents to get real-life work ex­pe­ri­ence and see what the sec­tor can offer them while they are still in sec­ondary school.

We all know hor­ti­cul­ture is about so much more than just the tra­di­tional lower-pay­ing roles that many peo­ple think of. There are op­por­tu­ni­ties to work with new tech­nol­ogy (like drones), in sales or to own your own busi­ness. Hor­ti­cul­ture pro­vides va­ri­ety to ri­val any other sec­tor - from plant breed­ing to food pro­duc­tion; or even mar­ket­ing New Zealand pro­duce to con­sumers in our ex­port mar­kets. But we need to share this - and we know per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence is one of the best ways to make it real for stu­dents and get them think­ing about a ca­reer in the sec­tor.

And of course, once we have re­cruited peo­ple to join us, we need to de­liver on the prom­ises we have made and help them to grow their skills and ca­reers. Next year Pri­mary ITO will be introducing new qual­i­fi­ca­tions and train­ing pro­grammes that align to the hor­ti­cul­ture pro­duc­tion ca­reer pro­gres­sion path­way to help to do just that.

The new qual­i­fi­ca­tion path­way aims to pro­vide a clear guide for peo­ple - from school leavers right through to those who are al­ready well-ex­pe­ri­enced work­ing in the in­dus­try – to step through our in­dus­try’s qual­i­fi­ca­tions and grow their skills.

The Path­ways have been de­vel­oped in col­lab­o­ra­tion with our Pri­mary ITO In­dus­try Part­ner­ship Groups align­ing qual­i­fi­ca­tions and train­ing pro­grammes to in­dus­try roles and will con­tinue to be mod­i­fied to meet chang­ing the skill needs of the sec­tor now, and into the fu­ture. The de­vel­op­ment fol­lows a re­view of all NZQA qual­i­fi­ca­tions called TRoQ (or the Ter­tiary Re­view of Qual­i­fi­ca­tions) which worked to stan­dard­ise qual­i­fi­ca­tion of­fer­ings nationwide, and to en­sure their rel­e­vance with the in­dus­tries they sup­port.

We would like to thank the in­dus­try par­tic­i­pants who have in­vested in the cre­ation of the qual­i­fi­ca­tions and train­ing pro­grammes that suit the re­quire­ments of our businesses and at­tract, grow, and re­tain our peo­ple in hor­ti­cul­ture.

More de­tail about the new hor­ti­cul­ture pro­duc­tion train­ing pro­grammes is pro­vided be­low – we know it is go­ing to make a real dif­fer­ence in grow­ing the ca­reers of great peo­ple for our sec­tor. “ NEW HOR­TI­CUL­TURE QUAL­I­FI­CA­TION PATH­WAY FOR 2018 From 2018, Pri­mary ITO will offer a new hor­ti­cul­ture pro­duc­tion qual­i­fi­ca­tion path­way with NZQA pro­grammes from Level 2 through to Level 6.

This year we in­tro­duced the New Zealand Cer­tifi­cate In Pri­mary In­dus­try Skills (Hor­ti­cul­ture) at Level 2 which pro­vides a gen­eral in­tro­duc­tion to the ba­sic skills re­quired within the hor­ti­cul­ture sec­tor for a new en­trant. This will form the first step in the path­way.

Fol­low­ing on will be the re­vamped New Zealand Cer­tifi­cates in Pro­duc­tion Hor­ti­cul­ture at Lev­els 3 and 4, with pro­grammes at Lev­els 3, 4 and 5 of­fer­ing strands in fruit pro­duc­tion, out­door veg­etable pro­duc­tion, in­door crop pro­duc­tion, nurs­ery pro­duc­tion and post har­vest. There is also an op­tion for ap­pren­tice­ships within hor­ti­cul­ture, with a com­pos­ite pro­gramme avail­able at Lev­els 3 and 4.

In late 2018, there will be new Di­ploma of­fer­ings at Level 5 and 6

which will com­ple­ment our al­ready suc­cess­ful Di­ploma in Agribusi­ness Man­age­ment.

All of the pro­grammes fea­ture flex­i­ble con­tent tai­lored to your spe­cific work­place, with the ma­jor­ity of learn­ing and as­sess­ments on-site. The pro­grammes also ben­e­fit from the on­go­ing sup­port of our Train­ing Ad­vis­ers and in­dus­try men­tors.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the new qual­i­fi­ca­tion path­way please get in touch with your lo­cal Pri­mary ITO Train­ing Ad­viser on 0800 20 80 20 or info@pri­ma­ry­


Pri­mary ITO have a net­work of Train­ing Ad­vis­ers right across New Zealand that can help you and your team to grow their skills to sup­port your busi­ness.They work with em­ploy­ers to map their or­gan­i­sa­tions roles and staff against po­ten­tial train­ing op­tions and to pro­vide pas­toral care and over­see on-job as­sess­ment.

We’d like to in­tro­duce you to some of our Pri­mary ITO team work­ing within fruit pro­duc­tion re­gions in the North Is­land.

KELLY GIB­SON Bay of Plenty, 027 441 1165,


Whilst Kelly has only been with Pri­mary ITO for six months, she brings over 12 years of dairy farm­ing and ki­wifruit in­dus­try ex­pe­ri­ence to her role. She has also ex­pe­ri­enced first­hand be­ing a Pri­mary ITO trainee, hav­ing com­pleted a Level 3 Na­tional Cer­tifi­cate in Dairy Farm­ing (An­i­mal Health and Hus­bandry) and a Na­tional Di­ploma in Agribusi­ness Man­age­ment.

“My own ex­pe­ri­ence re­ally helps me to re­late to my trainees. I re­ally en­joy sup­port­ing them to learn and to in­crease their con­fi­dence – both for them­selves and for their em­ploy­ers. I am grate­ful to be able to con­trib­ute to New Zealand’s fruit in­dus­try by fa­cil­i­tat­ing the train­ing and de­vel­op­ment of our fu­ture lead­ers,” she says.

NATALYA SAND­BROOK East Coast & Gis­borne, 027 279 6260, natalya.


Natalya pre­vi­ously worked in the dairy in­dus­try and on a fam­ily run multi-crop or­chard, gain­ing hands-on knowl­edge of grow­ing ki­wifruit, ap­ples and grapes. She has com­pleted a Pri­mary ITO Level 4 Na­tional Cer­tifi­cate in Adult Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing, and a Di­ploma in Agribusi­ness Man­age­ment.

“I love that my role al­lows me to be part of grow­ing the peo­ple that grow healthy de­li­cious food. Meet­ing lots of highly skilled peo­ple and work­ing with such a di­verse range of businesses is re­ally in­spir­ing,” she says.

QUEEN NGAHUKA Hawkes Bay, 027 540 9091, queen.ngahuka@


Hawkes Bay born and bred with ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing in lo­cal or­chards, pack­houses and fam­ily op­er­ated businesses, Queen Ngahuka un­der­stands the train­ing needs of the hor­ti­cul­ture in­dus­try in the re­gion. With a back­ground in adult teach­ing, lit­er­acy and nu­mer­acy as well as as­ses­sor train­ing Queen is well equipped for her role.

“I am pas­sion­ate about peo­ple and grow­ing peo­ple, en­cour­ag­ing and sup­port­ing them to be­come the best they pos­si­bly can. Em­pow­er­ment through up­skilling your staff will help to grow your busi­ness and bot­tom line.”

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