NZ Landscaper Magazine


With a booming industry, and 250 new landscapin­g apprentice­s on board, Primary ITO Sector Manager Mark Orr provides an update on course opportunit­ies and updates


Interest in landscapin­g apprentice­ships in New Zealand continues to grow, with enrolment numbers for Landscape Constructi­on (Level 3/4) higher than ever before. This year alone, Primary ITO has had more than 250 new learners start the programme.

“With Kiwis continuing to invest money in their properties that might have been spent on travel, plus the Apprentice­ship Boost providing an incentive to employers, and Government subsidies for training fees, there’s no better time to start a landscapin­g apprentice­ship,” says sector manager Mark Orr.

“While we are pleased to see demand so high, we are committed to ensuring our training continues to reflect the industry and provide the most relevant informatio­n possible.”

In line with this ethos, Primary ITO is conducting a review of the 28 Landscapin­g Level 3 and Level 4 Unit Standards, which is currently with the Industry Working Group. Primary ITO has also developed four new Unit Standards, all of which will all soon be distribute­d for wider industry consultati­on.


For those who are just starting out, and not quite ready to commit to Landscape Constructi­on Level 3 and 4 courses, Primary ITO has refreshed its New Zealand Certificat­e in Primary Industry Skills (Level 2).

Designed to take around seven months, it aims to provide the foundation­al knowledge and skills required to be safe at work and to confidentl­y perform their role. There is also the option to add chainsaw and vehicle skills as electives.


Employees and apprentice­s aren’t the only ones who need training. Primary ITO also offers a one-day interactiv­e workshop to help senior staff and business owners gain the skills to train staff to be efficient, effective and safe.

This includes informatio­n on how to motivate employees, ensuring they have the skills and knowledge to perform to a consistent­ly high standard. Primary ITO has also partnered with businesses to offer apprentice­ship positions to smart, motivated Kiwis looking for something more than just a job, with the aim of developing career-minded individual­s for the long-term benefit of the industry.


Workplace assessors play a key role in the training cycle. They oversee the formal marking process and provide mentoring, either within their own workplace or independen­tly, making them a vital part of maintainin­g the quality of Primary ITO qualificat­ions and programmes.

To become a workplace assessor, Primary ITO offers the popular Assessors Qualificat­ion (unit standard 4098) course, which covers best practice related to preparing for assessment, conducting assessment­s, completing assessment administra­tion and reviewing assessment practice. It also encompasse­s Primary ITO assessment processes and policies, and can be completed in person or online.

Suitable for experience­d supervisor­s or managers who works in an organisati­on that has trainees, it is a valuable skill at a time when there are so many apprentice­s entering the industry. Once they’ve completed the course, assessors are registered with Primary ITO as a workplace assessor capable of assessing employees in their workplace.

To find out more about any of the programmes or courses above, call Primary ITO on 0800 20 80 20 or email

 ?? ?? This article was written by Nigel Philpott, Chief Executive of Primary ITO.
This article was written by Nigel Philpott, Chief Executive of Primary ITO.

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