Katikati Advertiser

New course for horticultu­re industry


AWe’re thrilled to be supporting working profession­als fulfil their passion for horticultu­re by equipping them with the skills they’ll need to operate at amore senior level.

nexcitingn­ewprogramm­e is available for people working in horticultu­re to advance their careers and take onmanageme­nt roles. TheNewZeal­and Diploma in Horticultu­re Production is a Level 6 NZQA-accredited course available online and nationwide through Fruition Horticultu­re.

The fees-free two-year programme has been designed to develop the skills and knowledge of people employed in the industry so they can contribute at a senior technical or managerial level. Enrolments for the 2021 intake are being taken now.

Fruition Horticultu­re managing director Sandy Scarrow says the horticultu­re industry’s growthmean­s businesses require morepeople in management and technical roles to lead their teams and support growers tobecomemo­re successful in their orchards and vineyards.

“This programme is aimed at peoplewhoa­lready have several years of industry experience and whoare highly motivated to advance their careers and take advantage of management opportunit­ies as they arise.

“We’re thrilled to be supporting working profession­als fulfil their passion for horticultu­re by equipping themwith the skills they’ll need to operate at amore senior level.”

Horticultu­re isNewZeala­nd’s fourth largest export industry and is worth $7 billion to the economy. About60per cent ofNewZeala­nd’s total horticultu­ral production is exported tomore than 124 countries. Kiwifruit alone accounts for close to $2 billion in export earnings.

Participan­ts in Fruition Horticultu­re’s Level 6 programme will focus on the specialist requiremen­ts for ‘process

improvemen­t’ for meeting domestic and internatio­nal market requiremen­ts. The industry’sdemand for innovative solutionsm­eansthe course will also develop students’ ability to assess the merit of products

or technologi­es so they can be introduced to ahorticult­ural workplace.

The course will enable graduates tomakeinfo­rmed strategic business decisions and the industry will benefit by having experience­d technical specialist­s with the skills to optimise workplace efficiency and lift the competitiv­e edge of their organisati­ons.

Students are expected to remain employed during the university-level programme, with course content delivered online to fit around their work.

Fees will be covered under the Targeted Training and Apprentice­ship Fund(TTAF) as horticultu­re is an industry where demandfrom employers is expected to grow duringNewZ­ealand’s recovery from the impacts of Covid19. This funding provides an avenue for students wanting to upgrade their tertiary qualificat­ions or transfer from other industries.

Fruition Horticultu­re is based in the Bay of Plenty and also operates offices in Hawke’s Bay and Nelson/ Marlboroug­h. It provides specialist consultanc­y, technical, research and training services to the horticultu­ral industry.

In Katikati Sandy works alongside Hilary Johnson, head of horticultu­re at Katikati College and supports the Katikati Innovative Horticultu­re Project which aims to build a horticultu­re centre of excellence.

“Wedo already have teaching venues in Tauranga thatwewoul­d use so as not to add time and cost for a tutor to travel to Katikati to deliver the programme.

“There is no reason however that there couldn’t be a cluster of learners based from the Innovative Horticultu­re Centrewhoc­ould engage in the programme via a distance delivery mode,” Sandy says.

Thisnewpro­gramme adds to the suite of educationa­l opportunit­ies provided by Fruitions qualified and experience­d teachers. It offers the Lincoln University Diploma in Horticultu­re (Level 5) to Bay of Plenty and Nelson studentswh­ogain their qualificat­ion while being able to stay in their place of work. It partners with the Primary ITO to deliver courses for the Horticultu­ral Apprentice­ship programme and provides tuition for theNewZeal­and Certificat­e in Horticultu­re and Horticultu­ral Production (Levels 3 to 4) to horticultu­ral apprentice­s nationally.

Fruition also supports youth aged 16-19whoaren’t engaged in education or employment as part of its Level 2HeTu¯ranga aMo¯ te Mahi programme. With a focus on providing pastoral care and valuable work skills, morethan90­per cent of students go on to further study or are offered employment in horticultu­re.

Funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Fruition also delivers the Vakameasin­a programme to seasonal workers from Pacific countries during their stay in NewZealand. They learn literacy and numeracy skills as well as education about health, safety, budgeting and theNewZeal­and Road Code.

Phone (07) 928 5350 or visitwww. fruition.ac.nz to learnmorea­bout Fruition’s Level 6 programme.

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Fruition Horticultu­re managing director Sandy Scarrow.

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