Attracting and growing new talent for our sector
“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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
YOUR LOCAL TRAINING ADVISERS
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.”