DairyNZ invests dairy farmers’ levy money into a wide range of programmes to support a sustainable future. Encouraging careers options in dairying, leading research and development, as well as advocating for farmers are fundamental to the sector’s success. Having talented people in the industry is crucial to its success. We highlight the opportunities within the dairy sector that will challenge and grow young minds, and provide global career prospects. DairyNZ supports the development of students with scholarships, events, and resources to encourage them to pursue a career in dairy farming, agribusiness and agriscience.
Beef + Lamb New Zealand is the farmer-owned, industry organisation representing NZ’s sheep and beef farmers. We invest farmer levies in programmes that grow the sheep and beef industry, and provide sustainable returns now and for future generations. Our vision is profitable farmers, thriving farming communities, valued by all New Zealanders.Our sector needs to provide opportunities to continually develop its people and also ensure sheep and beef is an attractive career path. We're doing this through leadership, education and skills programs, various types of scholarships, career information for students, and higher level agricultural curriculum for high schools.
Ara Institute of Canterbury is the second largest Polytechnic in New Zealand and has campuses located in Christchurch, Timaru, Ashburton and Oamaru. It is recognised as one of the country’s leading tertiary institutes, specialising in applied, vocational and professional training delivering certificates, diplomas, degrees and post graduate qualifications. Each year around 20,000 students enrol in more than 350 programmes.To ensure those students have real-world experience, Ara offers an array of workplace training opportunities, internships, apprenticeships and partnerships with industry. And to meet demand for flexible study options, it offers an increasing range of online, blended delivery and part time programmes.
The Foundation for Arable Research is funded by farmers involved in the arable industry. We work on a range of crops including grains: eg wheat, barley, maize and seeds: eg clover, grass and vegetable seeds.All our crop research has a strong focus on business and environmental sustainability. We can host student or teacher visits at our research sites around the country. We are members of Future in Tech who can arrange school visits from recent graduates. Our website has a number of resources written for growers which may be suitable for classroom use.
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is helping maximise export opportunities for our primary industries, improve sector productivity, ensure the food we produce is safe, increase sustainable resource use, and protect New Zealand from biological risk. MPI employs more than 2,200 staff nationwide in a range of roles, including fishery, biosecurity, and food safety roles through to information technology, market specialists, lawyers, policy analysts, veterinarians, and scientists. MPI offers online teacher resources (Te Ao Tūroa) and information on careers within the primary industries. MPI also partners in programmes that provide resources for schools, for example, through the Primary Growth Partnership.
Lincoln University has a mission to help feed the world, protect the future, and live well. The planet’s population is expected to reach 9.2 billion people by 2050. Food supply and production will become increasingly important, as will sustaining the environment for future generations. Lincoln is a deliberately specialised university finding solutions for these challenges. The University’s qualifications range from certificate level to PhD and its world-class teaching and research cover every aspect of the land-based sectors, which are key to a sustainable future. Lincoln graduates can be found all over the world making a difference in their chosen fields.
Primary ITO facilitates on-job training for people working in over 30 primary industries - including Horticulture & Viticulture, Dairy, Meat & Fibre, Seafood, Equine and Sports Turf. We encourage the educational and work-life aspirations of trainees and support the productivity and profitability of organisations employing them. In 2016 we worked with more than 28,000 trainees and more than 7,000 employers.We also work with industry to develop training and qualifications that align with best practice and to meet current and future skills needs.
Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre has been successfully preparing students for futures in agriculture since 1919. Our mission is to build workforce skills primary industries through quality education and sharing of knowledge and skills. Each year, approximately 1,500 students learn with Taratahi to build and develop skills for the agricultural industry. Using the skills and knowledge gained at Taratahi, graduates have the opportunity to move into rich and rewarding careers in the primary sector. We offer NZQA approved qualifications for the agricultural industry. Programmes are offered from Taratahi campuses around New Zealand, now including the Telford campus based in Balclutha, allowing students to choose learning options that suit their needs and interests within agriculture.
New Zealand Young Farmers supports young people to pursue careers across the Primary Industries. We run in school initiatives to support industry based learning in the classroom. The Get Ahead Careers and Education programme consist of professional development days for high school teachers (Teacher’s Days Out) in November each year as well as Careers focused events for Year 12 students in the second term. We also run the Education in Agriculture initiative, providing resources to high school teachers. Our Leadership Pathway Programme, Teen Ag Clubs, and Raising the Standard Leadership camps also provide excellent opportunities.
The New Zealand Forest Owners Association (FOA) is the representative membership body for the commercial plantation forest growing industry. FOA members are responsible for the management of approximately 1.2 million hectares of New Zealand’s plantation forests and over 70% of the annual harvest. The association and its members are committed to the highest standards of sustainable silviculture, environmental practice and workforce safety. Plantation forestry is science-based and highly innovative. It is New Zealand's third largest export industry and a major regional employer with the potential to transform New Zealand into a carbon-neutral economy where all land-based industries are environmentally sustainable.
The National Council of New Zealand Wool Interests Inc. is made up of associations and organisations involved in the domestic and international trading of greasy and scoured wool including: wool testing houses; scours; brokers; merchants and exporters. Our sector needs talented people who can think differently and explore new ways of introducing wool to the world. Growing, processing, marketing and exporting wool takes a whole team of people with a diverse range of skills. Examples of people and skills we are looking for include those who care about sustainability, people who can speak multiple languages to help us negotiate international deals, and/or people with the imagination and technical skills to create new uses for our fibre. The first step is to attract people with the skills we need. Of course knowing about the magic of wool is a requirement but we can teach people that along the way.