"The research forum helped me get up to speed with the latest research and was an invaluable networking opportunity."- secondary school deputy headmaster

The Primary Industry Capability Alliance (PICA), supported by DairyNZ, held a research forum on Wednesday 6th December in Wellington. The one-day forum focused on recent research into the building of our workforce to meet the future needs of New Zealand’s primary industries. A range of speakers shared their research and expertise over three sessions, each followed by a Q&A. 

Click on the links below to view the presentations from the day.

Session 1: What kind of workforce do we need to meet the primary industries’ future needs?

Key messages from the Future Capability Report 2014 - Dr Richard Lynch, Ministry for Primary Industries

Highlights from the Workforce Development Scan - Blair Morgans, Primary ITO

Bubble baths and better data - Dr Adam Barker and Hannah Binnie, Scarlatti

Ideas from another sector - Jenny Connor, Building and Construction ITO 

Session 2: Return on Investment – if we invest in such human capability, what is it worth?

ROI from government and learners’ perspectives - David Scott, Ministry of Education

ROI from a farmer perspective – qualitative findings - Blair Morgans, Primary ITO

Insights from Australia - Dr Ruth Nettle, The University of Melbourne

ROI from an employer’s perspective – doing the maths - Dr Adam Barker, Scarlatti

Session 3: Measuring success - how will we measure the progress and success towards our sector goals?

Progress against the Future Capability Report targets - Dr Michelle Glogau, PICA

Measuring the flow rate in the primary industries skills pipeline - Dr Richard Lynch, Ministry for Primary Industries

Setting a baseline – how careers in the primary industries are perceived - Dr Michelle Glogau, PICA