Big boost for Gis­borne labour force project

The Orchardist - - News - By Kris­tine Walsh

ECT in Novem­ber ap­proved a grant of $230,000 to help fund the two-year Tipu project, for which co-or­di­na­tor Raw­inia Parata has been draw­ing to­gether in­for­ma­tion on ev­ery­thing from labour re­quire­ments and pro­duc­tion cy­cles to de­tails about the un­em­ploy­ment rate, train­ing op­tions, skill lev­els, and peo­ple's level of work-readi­ness.

Tairawhiti Labour Force Group chair Tim Egan says that now the re­search work has been done, the plan is to de­velop a web­site with re­sources for both em­ploy­ers and em­ploy­ees.

“There are al­most 300 grow­ers [in the Gis­borne/Tairawhiti re­gion] with clear sig­nals of ex­pan­sion in ap­ples and ki­wifruit,” says Mr Mur­phy.

Eighty-five thou­sand ap­ple trees will be planted this year alone – with a fur­ther 85,000 the next year – and labour anal­y­sis in­di­cates that to keep up with growth, an ex­tra 1,200 em­ploy­ees will be needed in the next three-to-five years, he says.

“It’s also clear that there is an op­por­tu­nity to im­prove the way we con­nect our lo­cal labour force to those jobs, and it is our be­lief the Tipu web­site is an im­por­tant part of that puz­zle for the hor­ti­cul­ture sec­tor.”

Raw­inia Parata Tim Egan

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