Research Resource

Search our Research Resource for case studies, research papers, reports and sources of data relating to building capability, including PICA-commissioned research.

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Published: 2018
Organisation: LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming)
The twelve-month research programme, commissioned by LEAF Education and supported by Rothamsted Research, comprised a survey of over 1,000 12 to 18-year olds across the UK and interviews with 60 teenagers at a Teenager Empowerment event. The research revealed that despite teenagers feeling disconnected to farming and having limited understanding of what it delivers, many of today’s young pe... More
Published: 2018
Organisation: Landcare Research Manaaki Whenua
The Survey of Rural Decision Makers is a resource to help policy makers, regional councils, industry groups, and businesses to explore questions related to: demographics; values; land use, and land-use change; farm management; objectives; and network size and composition. It is designed to build a better picture of decision-making at the farm level, and economic, social, and environmental data are... More
Published: 2018
Organisation: Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development; Tourism Industry NZ Trust
This robust online research project builds on the qualitative focus group research undertaken by the research agency Angus & Associates, covering four NZ cities: Auckland, Rotorua, Nelson and Christchurch. While the qualitative findings provided a broad insight into the key issues surrounding young people’s perceptions towards careers in tourism, this online quantitative ... More
Published: 2018
Organisation: Infometrics
Technological change is ushering us into the biggest transformation of the working environment since the Industrial Revolution. Our modelling estimates that 31% of current jobs in New Zealand’s workforce could be automated over the next 20 years. This change is occurring in a global economy that is becoming ever more interconnected. The effects on New Zealand are apparent in our trade... More
Published: 2018
Organisation: Ministry for Primary Industries
This report builds on the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) Future capability needs for the primary industries in New Zealand (Future capability report) that was published in April 2014 and is an updated version of the Human capability in the primary industries: Part 1 – 2002 to 2014 and now includes 2015 qualification and workforce data. The aim of this report is to monitor how the prim... More
Published: 2018
Organisation: Ministry for Primary Industries
This report builds on the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) Future capability needs for the primary industries in New Zealand (Future capability report) that was published in April 2014. The aim of this report is to monitor how the primary industry workforce is changing over time. This report should be read in conjunction with Human capability in the primary industries: Part 1, which describes... More
Published: 2018
Organisation: Primary Industries Capability Alliance
Previous research has identified "career changers" as an important source of highly valuable recruits. They make up the largest group of new entrants to our primary sectors, bring skills and experience from other sectors, and potentially continue to have successful careers in our sector. However, little is known about career changers - which sectors they come from, how long they stay, what de... More
Published: 2018
Organisation: Ministry for the Environment; StatsNZ
This publication reports on the state of the soil, and the state of indigenous biodiversity and ecosystems in New Zealand. The aim is to provide an overview of condition, and changes over time, to support decision-making at all levels of society. Themes explored in Our Land 2018 include: the pressure of human activities on natural resources and likely impacts of climate change; the threat this pre... More
Published: 2018
Organisation: Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development; Tourism Industry Aotearoa
Comprehensive qualitative research involving focus groups and individual interviews to establish a baseline understanding of young peoples’ awareness of, and attitudes towards, careers in the tourism industry. Specific areas to be addressed included:  How young people learn about, and form opinions of, career options How a tourism career is viewed in general What ... More
Published: 2018
Organisation: Ministry of Education
Statistics relating to: achievement in workplace-based learning, including industry training and Apprenticeships; qualification completion for industry training learners and students at tertiary education providers by their field of specialisation and other characteristics; and qualification Completion Rates. More
Published: 2018
Organisation: Ministry of Education
Statistics relating to the impacts of tertiary education on life after study including: income, employment, rates of return, living standards and other post-study outcomes. More
Published: 2018
Organisation: Ministry of Education
Statistics relating to: field of study of the courses studied at tertiary education providers; participation in Industry Training; participation in Secondary-Tertiary Alignment Resource (STAR) programmes. More
Published: 2018
Organisation: Journal of Applied Communications
As urban dwellers become more isolated from the original sources of their food, their dependence on agriculture becomes less vivid. Information from a recent study documented how consumers in Southeastern Pennsylvania view themselves in the context of their food system and the importance they place on sustaining regional agriculture. This article then discusses the role of mass media in helping th... More
Published: 2017
Organisation: Wilf Malcom Institute of Educational Research, University of Waikato
This report details the results of the 2017 survey completed with students in the Agricultural Science and Business and Agribusiness programmes at St Paul’s Collegiate School and students involved in the Agribusiness programmes at the lead schools throughout New Zealand. Lead schools are those schools who are developing programmes that are similar to those that have been developed by St Paul... More
Published: 2017
Organisation: Ministry for Primary Industries
A repeat of the 2008 study that looked at rural and urban New Zealanders’ views of rural New Zealand and the primary sector, and their comparisons to the literature and media reports. The main objectives for this study include: gaining an in-depth understanding of the beliefs and values held, across both urban and rural New Zealanders, regarding the primary sectors (agricultural, horticultur... More
Published: 2017
Organisation: Ministry of Education
This is the third of six reports to be published in the Profile & Trends 2016 series. The report contains information on industry training and other workplace-based learning trends for the year ended December 2016. Most of the statistics in the report are derived from returns provided by government-funded tertiary education organisations to the Tertiary Education Commission. It covers: partici... More
Published: 2017
Organisation: DairyNZ; Ministry of Health
Health and wellbeing of New Zealand dairy and sheep & beef farmers compared with those working in other industries (both rural and urban). Better understanding of the nature of wellness and wellbeing patterns will allow users of this research to: inform policy and project design (e.g. promotional campaigns and training programmes); develop indicators for ongoing monitoring of the mental and ph... More
Published: 2017
Organisation: Ministry of Education
Destination of school leavers after leaving secondary school. Each year, around 60,000 students are leaving the schooling system and moving on to further education, work place training or employment. This indicator follows the pathways of domestic school leavers into tertiary education. Enrolments in tertiary education are indicators of the extent to which New Zealanders are developing the skills ... More
Published: 2017
Organisation: BCITO
The construction sector is reaching crisis point - demand for new homes and other builds is at unprecedented levels, but there are not enough people to meet that demand. If collective action is not taken now, there is a real risk that the sector will not be able to meet future demand, and there is a strong possibility of negative consequences in terms of timeframes, quality, and perception. BCITO ... More
Published: 2017
Organisation: Commonwealth Department of Education and Training
Australia needs to transition to a career support model that works for all people, no matter what their life stage and circumstance. Given the accelerating pace of change, the longer we take to act, the more Australians will fall behind. PwC have been engaged by the Commonwealth Department of Education and Training to research and investigate a whole-of-system, lifelong career support model for al... More
Published: 2017
Organisation: Ministry for Primary Industries
Te Ao Tūroa – the Primary Sector Science Roadmap (the Roadmap) has been designed to strengthen New Zealand’s bioeconomy. It provides an integrated 10 to 20 year outlook on the science needs and opportunities of most importance to protect, grow and enhance New Zealand’s primary sector, and support the wellbeing of New Zealanders. The Roadmap identifies four areas that science nee... More
Published: 2017
Organisation: Ministry of Education
A series of fact sheets and associated data tables provide information on the outcomes for young people who complete a qualification at a tertiary education provider in the New Zealand tertiary education system. They look at differences in earnings and earnings premiums for graduates who complete qualifications at different levels and in different fields of study. They also look at destinations in... More
Published: 2017
Organisation: Primary Industries Capability Alliance
This document summarises data on primary industry related qualification completions. The analysis considers trends in the completions of tertiary training programmes that relate directly to the primary industries. While this will supply a large proportion of the ’flow’ of training into primary sector workforces, it does not provide all that flow. Many individuals will obtain general qu... More
Published: 2017
Organisation: Ministry for Primary Industries
The report builds on the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) Future capability needs for the primary industries in New Zealand (Future capability report) that was published in April 2014. An overview of how the primary industry workforce has changed over time 2002-2014, using data from the Integrated Data Infrastructure and tax data supplied by Inland Revenue. Employee areas looked at include: n... More
Published: 2017
Organisation: Ministry for Primary Industries
The report builds on the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) Future capability needs for the primary industries in New Zealand (Future capability report) that was published in April 2014. An overview of how the primary industry workforce has changed over time 2002-2014, using data from the Integrated Data Infrastructure and tax data supplied by Inland Revenue. This report should be read in conju... More
Published: 2017
Organisation: Primary Industries Capability Alliance
An important role of the Primary Industry Capability Alliance is to monitor trends in the workforce size and capability as these provide key indicators of the success of GrowingNZ and its member’s strategies in achieving industry capability goals. This report tracks the changes in two aspects of the Primary Industry workforce: (1) Workforce size. This monitors the changes in overall and indi... More
Published: 2017
Organisation: The New Zealand Productivity Commission
The report is a broad-ranging inquiry into how well New Zealand’s tertiary education system is set up to respond to emerging trends in technology and the internationalisation of education, and changes in the structure of the population, and the skills needed in the economy and society. As part of the inquiry, the Commission was asked to identify potential barriers to innovation. The Commissi... More
Published: 2017
Organisation: Primary ITO
Qualitative and quantitative research (including labour market insights) to develop an evidence based Workforce Scan for the Primary Sector. Primary ITO commissioned research, carried out surveys of workplaces, and collated data from industry partners. The document summaries the workforce trends, issues and risks that the primary industries are facing collectively, and within each industry in the ... More
Published: 2017
Organisation: Ministry for Primary Industries
Briefing prepared for Hon Louise Upston (Associate Minister for Primary Industries), providing information on the capability needs in the primary sectors and MPI’s skill work programme, and policy and implementation issues. A highly skilled, adaptive and evolving workforce is critical to the future of the primary industries in New Zealand. Over the next decade there will be a need to increas... More
Published: 2017
Organisation: Motor Industry Training Organisation (New Zealand) (MITO)
To future proof the success of New Zealand’s automotive workforce, this strategy has been developed to provide a framework for the automotive industry to plan its workforce development priorities over the next 5-10 years. This strategy describes the automotive industry’s operational context by highlighting factors that will continue to influence the current and future shape of the auto... More
Published: 2016
Organisation: Primary Industries Capability Alliance
This research was focused on secondary school students, with objectives to: (1) establish a baseline of secondary school students’ current levels of awareness and consideration of, and attitudes towards careers in the primary industries; (2) understand the things that influence their career decision making and what would lead them into tertiary-level study related to the primary industries a... More
Published: 2016
Organisation: Wilf Malcom Institute of Educational Research, University of Waikato
The focus for the developmental evaluation of the Centre of Excellence for Agricultural Science and Business/Agribusiness programmes at St Paul’s Collegiate School in 2015/16 has been on developing an understanding of why students had chosen to be involved in the programmes and their perceptions of the programmes after completing two years of study. Students in each of programmes were survey... More
Published: 2016
Organisation: Industry Training Federation; Ako Aotearoa
This research explores the reasons why some industry trainees do not complete their qualifications. It was undertaken between November 2014 and May 2015 to support on-going efforts to consider interventions to improve the rates of qualification completion by industry trainees and apprentices. It aims to explore the factors that are associated with apprentices and industry trainees at levels 3 and ... More
Published: 2016
Organisation: DairyNZ; Primary ITO
This analysis explores the relationship between formal qualifications and the individual income of segments of employees in the dairy farming sector. Intuitively, better qualified staff should be paid more, all other factors being equal. Data obtained using Statistics New Zealand’s Integrated Data Infrastructure are used to test this hypothesis. The report explores the influence of qualifica... More
Published: 2016
Organisation: Tasmanian Government
The purpose of this Scan is to build a comprehensive picture of the landscape of Tasmania’s primary industries sector, from the education sector to the paddock, including the challenges, opportunities and emerging issues that may impact on workforce development capacity and capability. Advances in technology and shifts in consumer expectations, combined with an aging workforce are just some ... More
Published: 2016
Organisation: Primary Industries Capability Alliance
Report showing how the skills of the workforce in the dairy farming, beef & sheep farming, and forestry production industries are projected to change over time. These projections are compared to targets set out in the Future Capabilities Report in 2014. Scarlatti’s Inchworm model was used for predictive analysis, with inputs calibrated using data extracted from Statistics New Zealand&rsq... More
Published: 2016
Organisation: DairyNZ; Primary ITO
Estimation of the financial benefits of a range of formal training options available to the dairy farming industry. These are determined using a model that attributes the variation in dairy farming profitability to different influences, including training. More
Published: 2016
Organisation: Auckland Co-design Lab; Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE); Ministry of Social Development (MSD)
This project centres on understanding the reasons behind the lack of connection between local employers and young people in South Auckland. South Auckland has a broad and growing economy, rich cultural diversity and a young population. However South Auckland young people’s high unemployment rate isn’t explained by lack of educational attainment alone – a situation both socially a... More
Published: 2016
Organisation: Careers New Zealand
Project Kāmehameha is a research programme that will be used to drive the development of digital tools and resources to respond to the changing career needs of rangatahi Māori. In particular the research will strengthen pathways for Māori learners through the improvement of digital tools and resources for rangatahi, whānau and teachers.This report summarises the three pieces of research undertaken... More
Published: 2016
Organisation: St Paul's Collegiate School; DairyNZ; Beef+Lamb New Zealand
This brief provides a rationale for the introduction of Agribusiness as an Achievement Standards based, University Entrance (UE) accredited and Scholarship subject at NCEA Levels 2 and 3.  More
Published: 2016
Organisation: New Zealand Journal of Employment Relations
The retention of skilled migrants is a key issue facing many industries. This study focusses on factors that enable and hinder retention of skilled migrants in the New Zealand dairy industry. A model was developed from existing literature containing four contexts for migrant experience and five key migrant experience process stages. From this model, a selfcompletion questionnaire was developed and... More
Published: 2015
Organisation: Competenz
This study looks into Maori and Pasifika workplace training. Outside forestry, Māori learners are enrolling in industry training at a rate that is considerably lower than the rate at which they participate in the workforce; and Pasifika learners are enrolling in workplace trades training at a rate that is considerably lower than the rate at which they participate in the workforce. The Government&r... More
Published: 2015
Organisation: The State of Victoria Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources
There has been a recognised problem accessing labour in agriculture which can have dire consequences for the productivity and profitability of Victorian agriculture and can lead to poorer wellbeing in rural communities. Understanding the nature of and influences on agriculture workforce issues may help understand the role, if any, for agriculture in addressing state unemployment issues. Relatedly,... More
Published: 2015
Organisation: AgriFood Skills Australia
This is the Cotton Workforce Development Strategy and Action Plan for 2015-18. It is based on a substantial body of high quality research, case studies, skills’ needs assessment and focus groups across the industry. This has resulted in a broad picture of the significant capability gaps and challenges facing the industry in terms of maintaining enterprises’ human resource capacity, sys... More
Published: 2014
Organisation: Competenz
This study asked employers in companies which train apprentices in the industries Competenz supports: How do you get the best from your investment in training an apprentice? The study covers apprenticeships in these industries: baking, engineering, fire protection, forestry, furniture, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), plastics manufacturing, refrigeration and air conditioning and ... More
Published: 2014
Organisation: Primary Industry Management
There are great people in agriculture, and we have some terrific younger generation members who are bright and motivated to achieve, coming through the pipeline from school into the workforce. However, they are very few in number in comparison with others in their age group. Anybody in agriculture now is clearly unusual. Our challenge is to understand the majority mentality to be able to attract a... More
Published: 2014
Organisation: Ministry for Primary Industries
Key findings from the "Future capability needs for the primary industries in New Zealand" report, and summary of the expected capability needs for each of the primary industries, along with the services, such as marketing and scientific research, that support the primary industries.  More
Published: 2014
Organisation: Ministry for Primary Industries
Human capability is a core asset underpinning the achievement of each industry’s strategy. This report provides an analysis of sector trends and employment information to develop a wider understanding of the skills and capability required by the primary industries over the period to 2025, it uses analysis of industry strategies as a base for labour market modelling. The results reported here... More
Published: 2014
Organisation: Primary Industry Management
As an employer of farm staff in New Zealand we are spoilt for choice for training and education options for new and current employees, with more offerings on the boil. However are they hitting the mark and resulting in the productivity our agriculture sectors aim for? For many years we have had access to basic training in skills such as riding an all- terrain vehicle or using a chainsaw. These are... More
Published: 2014
Organisation: Primary Industry Management
Headlines such as ‘A dearth of agriculture graduates is threatening food sustainability’ in the United Kingdom, ‘Concerns over shortage of agriculture graduates’ and ‘Australia running out of food freshers’ from across the Tasman, along with ‘Agriculture begging for graduates’ from New Zealand have featured in the media in the last 12 months. They in... More
Published: 2014
Organisation: Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation
This report explores the declining numbers of young farmers in Australian agriculture, and is based upon a time series analysis of Australian Population Census data for the period 1976 to 2011. The report is targeted at anyone interested in the changing demographic structure of Australian farming and perhaps concerned that these changes may threaten Australian food security or Australian agricultu... More
Published: 2014
Organisation: Journal of Agricultural Education 55(3), 89-102
Urban school districts are viable recruitment sources for higher education in agriculture and have the ability to play a significant role in efforts to increase agricultural education program numbers at the secondary level. Secondary school increases should lead to growth in agricultural college enrollments across the country. Increasing agricultural literacy and overall enrollment at the collegia... More
Published: 2014
Organisation: St Paul's Collegiate School, DairyNZ, Beef+Lamb New Zealand
This report provides a rationale for the recommendation of the introduction of Agribusiness Achievement Standards at NCEA Levels 2 and 3. The subject Agribusiness is defined as a course of study that integrates all the primary industries and businesses that comprise primary production. Primary industries comprises a group of sectors including; agriculture, aquaculture, dairy manufacturing, equine,... More
Published: 2013
Organisation: Primary Industry Management
New Zealand sits in an interesting position. It has a reputation as a worldleading, innovative food producer and has around 60 per cent of its export wealth coming from the primary sector. As such, you could be forgiven for assuming that a fairly typical secondary school student, when considering options for tertiary study, would be attuned to the scientific and commercial opportunities which fall... More
Published: 2013
Organisation: Primary Industry Management
A great deal of attention has been given in recent years to how business profitability can be increased by investing in developing skills among managers and employees. This is reflected in The Strategy for New Zealand Dairy Farming launched by DairyNZ in 2009, which adopts as its first two aims increasing farm profitability and attracting talented and skilled people to be retained by the industry.... More
Published: 2013
Organisation: Primary Industry Management
School liaison officers at the Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre continue to struggle to open some secondary school doors. On occasion we are still denied the chance to spread the word about agriculture and to have the opportunity to update schools on the breadth of career pathways that exist and are being created. There are many interesting and cutting edge careers within the industry and it ... More
Published: 2013
Organisation: NSW Government
This Review was initiated because of concern about the shortage of young people choosing careers in agriculture. It follows parliamentary enquiries federally and in Victoria, and looks specifically at the situation in New South Wales. However, it can be expected that at least some of the matters raised have application nationally. There needed to be a context for the Report and so a vision stateme... More
Published: 2012
Organisation: Parliament of Victoria - Education and Training Committee
This report presents a vision for the future of agricultural education and training in Victoria. It provides a framework for the strengthening of Victoria’s agricultural education and training system by ensuring providers at all levels have the capacity, expertise and resources to deliver high-quality agricultural education and training and better aligning the system with the needs of studen... More
Published: 2012
Organisation: Australian Farm Institute
The agricultural industry is at the crossroads in terms of workforce capacity. Evidence is presented that there is a sizeable job market in agriculture and more than 4000 jobs per year are consistently being advertised seeking agricultural professionals. Conversely the number of graduates being supplied by Australian universities continues to decline significantly and is less than 20% of the numbe... More
Published: 2012
Organisation: Business/Higher Education Round Table
A scoping study that reviews the effectiveness of current interventions designed to increase the number of people with higher education qualifications in the agricultural workforce. Although employment levels in on-farm agriculture have not been growing, there is a shortage of skilled labour across the agriculture sector, particularly when agribusiness is taken into account. Based on current proje... More
Published: 2011
Organisation: Primary Industries Education Foundation
Primary Industry plays a vital role in Australian’s economy and society, but the gap between rural and urban communities is growing, contributing to a lack of understanding of where food and other basic necessities of life come from. The goal of the Primary Industries Education Foundation (PIEF) is to provide a source of information on primary industries for educators, to better equip studen... More
Published: 2010
Organisation: Australian Forestry
As in other Australian primary industry sectors, there has been increasing concern over the past decade about the skills shortages evident in the forestry sector, and the education and training needs of the sector. The forestry sector, like others in the primary industries, is characterised by relatively low levels of workforce qualifications compared with community-wide averages. We review nation... More
Published: 2009
Organisation: New Zealand Department of Labour
This report forms one of the initial outputs from a project between the Ministry of Education, the Department of Labour and Statistics New Zealand looking at the employment outcomes of tertiary education (EOTE). In recent years, workplace-based industry training has been growing at a faster rate than other forms of tertiary education and training. Government and industry have substantially increas... More
Published: 2009
Organisation: Agricultural Science
There is concern about the declining number and quality of people entering careers in agricultural science, a situation which may reduce the human capacity to support agricultural industries in the future. The perceptions and experiences of some early career agricultural scientists may provide some insights into how the appeal of a career in agricultural science might be improved. We surveyed 24 e... More
Published: 2009
Organisation: Dairy Australia
The People Capability for the Farm Sector project (Workforce planning and action for the Australian dairy industry) has developed a process for regional groups to better understand the current system of people development in their region so they are better able to influence and improve workforce planning. The project has identified that the Australian dairy industry needs to prioritise workforce p... More
Published: 2007
Organisation: Agriculture Research Group on Sustainability
The core of the ARGOS research design is a longitudinal panel study. Panels of 12 farms were selected to represent conventional, integrated and organic management for the sheep/beef sector, Kiwigreen, gold and organic management for the kiwifruit sector, and conventional and organic management for the dairy sector. The research involves gathering data on these farms in order to assess the nature o... More
Published: 2006
Organisation: Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension
Agricultural education has been an essential factor in the success of agricultural development in the Netherlands. At present, as in many countries throughout the world, the position of agricultural education is threatened. Does agricultural education have a future in the Netherlands, and if so, what strategies are being used for its survive? This paper discusses these questions. First the agri-fo... More
Published: 2005
Organisation: Land & Water Australia, Victorian Department of Primary Industries, Australian Government
Analysis of the demographic change in Australia's farm sector between 1976 and 2001. Considers the impact of age related entry to farming and exit from farming upon the profession of farming. More
Published: 1995
Organisation: Journal of Agricultural Education Vol. 36, No. 4, 1995
This study was conducted to assess the knowledge and perception of rural and urban inner-city students in two Midwestern states regarding agriculture, food, and natural resources. Since this study was a pilot project, these two subgroups of the United States population were assessed to provide baseline data reflecting the knowledge and perceptions of United States residents regarding agriculture a... More
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