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

Research Forum 2018 - Current Programme


Session 1: Our current workforce, flows, and perceptions

Workforce scan – latest analysis of our workforce size, qualifications and diversity
      Reece Bassett, Policy Analyst, MPI

New entrants - where they come from and how long they stay
      Mark Hampshire, Data/Business Analyst, MPI

Perceptions of the primary sector
      Dr. Sarah Meadows, Senior Science Advisor, MPI


Session 2: The future workforce

The Future of Work – insights into Gen Z and Millenials and their expectations
      Lynda Coppersmith, CEO, NZYF

Transferability of skills
      Dani Coplon, Programme Director, TEC

Future Farming: Implications of the Augmented Workforce for the Primary Sector
      Dr. Amy Fletcher, Associate Professor of Political Science and International Relations, University of Canterbury

Career changers – looking beyond school leavers
      Dr. Adam Barker, Director, Scarlatti


Session 3: Initiatives that build capability

Life during and beyond Uni: Be prepared to succeed
      Susan Stokes, Industry Education Facilitator, DairyNZ

Student destinations – customer insights
      Dr. Mark Oldham, Reporting Analyst, Lincoln University

Bio-security micro-credential – from advice to action
      Dr. Linda Sissions, Chief Executive, Primary ITO

Dyslexia – meeting the training needs of a diverse workforce
      Mike Styles, National Literacy and Numeracy Advisor, Primary ITO

New approaches to employee development
      Ritchie Legge, HR Manager, Ravensdown


Session 4: From numbers to real people

Gaining insight rather than information from the IDI
      Fraser Sloane, Team Lead Innovation, TEC

Our career story – Panel of young professionals talk about their experience of joining the primary sector 
      Brigitte Ravera, Dairy Farmer, GRM Ltd
      Ryan Cosgrove, Wool Marketer, John Marshall & Co
      Becs Lough, Accounts Manager, Ravensdown


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