What’s the pro­mo­tion about?

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The Pri­mary ITO is chal­leng­ing schools, school leavers and farm­ers to open the farm, gar­den or orchard gate as this year’s “Got a Trade? Got it Made!” pro­mo­tion high­lights the huge po­ten­tial in in­dus­try train­ing for a pri­mary sec­tor ca­reer.

The Pri­mary ITO (in­dus­try train­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion) leads the train­ing in New Zealand’s largest ex­port sec­tor. It is tak­ing part in this year’s “Got A Trade? Got It Made!” week to show­case the ad­van­tages of tertiary on-the-job ed­u­ca­tion.

“We’ve got 30 dif­fer­ent sec­tor groups from dairy to hor­ti­cul­ture, from pro­cess­ing to fish­ing, and from agribusi­ness man­age­ment to bee-keep­ing, and one thing they’re all say­ing is ‘we need tal­ented peo­ple and we’ll train them’,” says Linda Sis­sons, Pri­mary ITO’s chief ex­ec­u­tive. “De­mand for skilled peo­ple has never been higher. Our sec­tor needs an ex­tra 50,000 qual­i­fied work­ers by 2025. Right now, only 4 per cent of school leavers go di­rectly into on-the-job train­ing, with uni­ver­sity re­main­ing the de­fault choice for many peo­ple. But that is not al­ways the best op­tion.

“Our ap­pren­tices earn while they learn real and rel­e­vant skills in grow­ing and in­no­va­tive in­dus­tries. Our farms, or­chards and gar­dens be­come their cam­puses,” says Dr Sis­sons.

“We are look­ing for prac­ti­cal stu­dents to work with the in­dus­try to act as guardians of our re­mark­able bio­di­ver­sity, stu­dents with STEM (Science, Tech­nol­ogy, En­gi­neer­ing or Math­e­mat­ics) skills and those with soft skills, such as marketing and lan­guages, which will help New Zealand’s high-end qual­ity pro­duce reach new in­ter­na­tional mar­kets.”

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