There's a future for every talent in our innovative food & fibre sectors.


Preliminary forum programme

8.30 - 9.00 Registration and tea/coffee
9.00 – 9.10 Welcome, Forum Overview 

Dr Jenny Jago, PICA Chair

9.10 – 9.20 Minister’s opening
  Minister Damien O’Connor
9.25 – 10.05 Keynote
  Primary Sector Council - a shared vision
  Lain Jager, Chair, Primary Sector Council
10.10 – 10.30 Morning tea
10.30 – 12.20  Session 1: While in education
  Inspiring the Future - a new programme to open young minds to career opportunities

Sam Anderson, Senior Project Manager - Inspiring the Future, Tertiary Education Commission

  Evaluating attractions initiatives

Adam Barker, Director, Scarlatti 

  ihip - a pilot professional development programme for exceptional university students 

Erin Simpson, Capability Development Manager, New Zealand Apples & Pears

  Evaluation of school agriculture programmes  - do students go on to careers in food & fibre?

Michelle Glogau, CE, PICA; and Adam Barker, Director, Scarlatti

  An educator's perspective
  A panel of careers advisors and teachers share their experiences, ideas and insights into how we can attract more students into career paths in food & fibre. Facilitated by Anna Heslop
12.20 – 1.00 Lunch
1.00 – 2.45 Session 2: Bridging the gap
  Get ready for GenZ - their values, motivations and workplace expectations

Isabelle Coates and Emma Subtil, Lincoln University Masters Students

  HortNZ regional co-ordinator programme

Erin Simpson, Capability Development Manager, New Zealand Apples & Pears

Beef+Lamb New Zealand capability development review and the role of on-farm, pre-employment training models to build a skills pipeline

Doug Macredie, Sector Capability Manager, Beef+Lamb New Zealand

  Forestry East Coast Generation programme - a new innovative approach to forestry training

Kim Holland, CE, Eastland Wood Council

  Building Women - a pilot programme to connect employers with women retraining and returning to work
  Mark Williams, Manager, Insight and Innovation, BCITO
2.45 – 3.05 Afternoon tea
3.05 – 3.55 Session 3: 2020 and beyond
  A panel of experts brings you up-to-date with what the new Institute of Skills & Technology (IST), Workforce Development Council (WDC), Centre of Vocational Excellence (CoVE), Regional Skills Leadership Groups (RSLG), Food & Fibre Skills Establishment Group, & Skills Action Plan (SAP) means for the food & fibre sectors
  Dr Linda Sissons, IST Establishment Board
  Arthur Graves, Food & Fibre Skills Establishment Group Advisor
  Jeremy Baker, Chair Food & Fibre Skills Establishment Group
  Erin Simpson, WDC Working Group
  Jivan Grewal, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment
4.00 Forum closes