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

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 Millennials and their expectations
Lynda Coppersmith, CEO, NZ Young Farmers

The Careers System Strategy
Dani Coplon, CSS 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

DairyNZ Undergraduate Scholarship Programme
Susan Stokes, Industry Education Facilitator, DairyNZ

Bio-Security Micro-Credential – from advice to action
Dr Linda Sissons, CEO, Primary ITO

Dyslexia – Meeting the training needs of all trainees and their employers
Mike Styles, National Literacy and Numeracy Advisor, Primary ITO

Engaging Capability – smarter farming for a Better New Zealand
Ritchie Legge, HR Manager, Ravensdown


Session 4: Numbers to real people

IDI Information to Insights
Fraser Sloane, Principal Analyst Innovation and Business Engagement, TEC