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2019 Forestry Labour Requirements Survey

Published: March 2019

In 2018, Te Uru Rākau, the Forest Owners Association, and the Forest Industry Contractors Association surveyed the commercial silviculture and harv...

2030 Roadmap - Australian Agriculture’s Plan for a $100 Billion Industry

Published: January 2018

The National Farmers' Federation, in consultation with members, industry stakeholders and government, has developed the 2030 Roadmap.

A National Analysis of School-Based Agricultural Education Involvement, Graduation, STEM Achievement, and Income

Published: January 2018

The progression of research on school-based agricultural education (SBAE) has been limited, in part, due to a lack of nationwide, student data deta...

A Workforce Development Strategy for the Cotton Industry

Published: July 2015

This is the Cotton Workforce Development Strategy and Action Plan for 2015-18.

ASEAN Youth Technology, Skills and the Future of Work

Published: August 2019

Based on a survey of 56,000 youths aged 15-35 years old from six countries in the South-East Asia region (ASEAN), this report analyses the views of...

Agricultural Education in an Urban Charter School: Perspectives and Challenges

Published: January 2014

Urban school districts are viable recruitment sources for higher education in agriculture and have the ability to play a significant role in effort...

Agricultural education and employment for the future

Published: June 2014

There are great people in agriculture, and we have some terrific younger generation members who are bright and motivated to achieve, coming through...

Agriculture training and education - Spoilt for choice but is it hitting the mark?

Published: March 2014

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 of...

Agritech Industry Transformation Plan

Published: July 2020

This document captures an overview of the agritech sector in New Zealand and outlines a series of actions to accelerate its growth.

Attainment, attrition, retention and completion of students at tertiary education providers and through industry training 2010-2019

Published: January 2019

Statistics relating to: achievement in workplace-based learning, including industry training and Apprenticeships; qualification completion for indu...

Attracting Youth into Agriculture: Developing a strategic framework to encourage young people to pursue a career in agriculture

Published: June 2020

This report aims to provide a unique perspective on the current international issue of how to attract youth into agricultural careers.

Attracting and Retaining Young People in the Sheep Industry

Published: September 2020

For the sheep industry to reach its greatest potential, it needs to have the right young people in the right places to help drive it forward.

Australia's Farmers: Past, Present and Future

Published: June 2005

Analysis of the demographic change in Australia's farm sector between 1976 and 2001.

BCITO Workforce Development Plans

Published: June 2017

The construction sector is reaching crisis point - demand for new homes and other builds is at unprecedented levels, but there are not enough peopl...

Briefing Paper on Agribusiness within New Zealand Secondary Schools

Published: January 2016

This brief provides a rationale for the introduction of Agribusiness as an Achievement Standards based, University Entrance (UE) accredited and Sch...

Briefing for Incoming Ministers - Primary Industry Skills Programme

Published: February 2017

Briefing prepared for Hon Louise Upston (Associate Minister for Primary Industries), providing information on the capability needs in the primary s...

Can we make stone soup for rural wellbeing

Published: 2019

Mental health and wellbeing is a wicked problem for New Zealand.

Career and Skills Pathways: Research into a whole-of-system approach to enhancing lifelong career support mechanisms for all Australians

Published: June 2017

Australia needs to transition to a career support model that works for all people, no matter what their life stage and circumstance.

Current knowledge on workforce issues in Victorian agriculture

Published: September 2015

There has been a recognised problem accessing labour in agriculture which can have dire consequences for the productivity and profitability of Vict...

Developing Agribusiness Achievement Standards

Published: January 2014

This report provides a rationale for the recommendation of the introduction of Agribusiness Achievement Standards at NCEA Levels 2 and 3.

Developing student interest in the agriculture sector

Published: December 2017

Qualitative and quantitative exploration of youth (late secondary, early tertiary-aged students) in Western Australia - drivers of career choice, d...

Do current extension methods cater for farmers with dyslexia?

Published: January 2021

Many of us who work in the agricultural industry will know farmers with dyslexia. Many of whom have tried to hide it rather than embrace it.

Does Workplace-based Industry Training Improve Earnings?

Published: September 2009

This report forms one of the initial outputs from a project between the Ministry of Education, the Department of Labour and Statistics New Zealand ...

Drawing the Future: Exploring the career aspirations of New Zealand children

Published: February 2020

This report presents findings from Drawing the Future, a research project that explores children’s career aspirations and the influences that shape...

Dream jobs: Teenagers’ career aspirations and the future of work

Published: January 2020

With young people staying in education longer than ever and the labour market automating with unprecedented speed, students need help to make sense...

Education and training challenges for the Australian forestry sector: An analysis based on recent trends in university and vocational education and training (VET) completions

Published: December 2010

As in other Australian primary industry sectors, there has been increasing concern over the past decade about the skills shortages evident in the f...

Emerging technologies in agriculture: Consumer perceptions around emerging Agtech

Published: August 2018

Emerging technologies have already proven be a key driver in the future sustainability and profitability of Australian agriculture.

Employee Engagement: The key to retaining talent and passion on New Zealand’s Dairy Farms

Published: 2020

Historically Dairy farming was seen as an attractive career path where hard work and dedication was rewarded with the trophy of farm ownership, but...

Encouraging students into the primary sector

Published: December 2013

New Zealand sits in an interesting position.

Environmental Scan of the AgriFood Industry 2015

Published: January 2015

Each year, AgriFood Skills Australia develops the Environmental Scan, the 'early warning system' for Australia's vocational education and training ...

Envisioning the Future of Education and Jobs: Trends, Data and Drawings

Published: January 2019

The report looks at the future of education and jobs and the challenges and opportunities presented by the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Evaluating the effectiveness of support interventions for adult dyslexic learners in New Zealand’s multiple learning environments

Published: October 2018

An evaluation of the interventions designed to benefit dyslexic learners, helping them navigate the education system and into the workforce as full...

Exploring Elementary Students’ Scientific Knowledge of Agriculture Using Evidence-Centered Design

Published: August 2017

The public is more disconnected from agriculture than ever.

Food & Fibre Careers Promotion and Pathways

Published: May 2019

The Great South Coast Food and Fibre Council is responsible for promoting growth and addressing industry capacity constraints within the Great Sout...

Food, Fibre and the Future

Published: October 2011

Primary Industry plays a vital role in Australian’s economy and society, but the gap between rural and urban communities is growing, contributing t...

For Love not money: Insights on the Career Choice of Early-Career Agricultural Scientists

Published: June 2009

There is concern about the declining number and quality of people entering careers in agricultural science, a situation which may reduce the human ...

From Education to Employment: Megatrends affecting NZ's working environment

Published: June 2018

Technological change is ushering us into the biggest transformation of the working environment since the Industrial Revolution.

Future Farm Workplaces

Published: May 2020

Agriculture is awakening to the challenges of an ageing population and those entering the workforce with a new or differing attitude to work and life.

Future capability needs for the primary industries in New Zealand

Published: April 2014

Human capability is a core asset underpinning the achievement of each industry’s strategy.

Generation Z and the environment – how can we use their passion to attract them into food and fibre sector.

Published: July 2021

The Food and Fibre sector in New Zealand can be a great place to work.

Getting the best from your investment in training an apprentice - A Competenz research paper

Published: October 2015

This study asked employers in companies which train apprentices in the industries Competenz supports: How do you get the best from your investment ...

Graduates in agriculture

Published: March 2014

Headlines such as ‘A dearth of agriculture graduates is threatening food sustainability’ in the United Kingdom, ‘Concerns over shortage of agricult...

Health and Wellness of New Zealand Farmers - Initial findings from research into the wellness of, and wellness behaviour patterns of, New Zealand farmers

Published: August 2017

Health and wellbeing of New Zealand dairy and sheep & beef farmers compared with those working in other industries (both rural and urban).

Helping Māori and Pasifika learners build their skills in the workplace - A Competenz research paper

Published: August 2014

This study looks into Maori and Pasifika workplace training.

Hidden Links, New Opportunities - How big data and job clusters can improve the 1.2 million job matches in NZ each year

Published: August 2018

This report seeks to improve matching in New Zealand’s highly dynamic labour market.

How can the NZ dairy industry design workplaces to attract the best of the next generation?

Published: July 2021

This research project investigated what is being done in our industry and how we can learn from industry leading employers, and out of industry lea...

How do agri-processors engage entry level labour?

Published: July 2021

The issue of worker engagement is not a new one and as New Zealand strives to create more value from agriculture without increasing land footprint ...

How do we successfully manage multicultural teams in the agriculture sector?

Published: July 2021

The focus of this report is to understand the management of multicultural teams in New Zealand agriculture.

Human capability in the primary industries: Part 1 2004 to 2019 – an overview

Published: March 2020

This report builds on the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) Future capability needs for the primary industries in New Zealand (Future capabilit...

Human capability in the primary industries: Part 2, 2004 to 2019 – qualification analysis by region

Published: March 2020

This report builds on the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) Future capability needs for the primary industries in New Zealand (Future capabilit...

Inquiry into agricultural education and training in Victoria

Published: November 2012

This report presents a vision for the future of agricultural education and training in Victoria.

Insights into teachers’ needs in order to improve student engagement with Primary Industries

Published: 2021

This research report takes a deep dive into the world of educators in Australia, to better understand their needs when it comes to primary industri...

Jobs of Tomorrow Mapping Opportunity in the New Economy

Published: January 2020

Through new data sources, we can gain unprecedented insights into emerging opportunities for employment in the global economy, and granular underst...

Just for the Health of it – enhancing the wellbeing of employees in the post harvest-kiwifruit Industry.

Published: July 2021

This report explores ways that well-being can be enhanced in the post-harvest kiwifruit sector.

Key factors in developing a culture of high performance within a senior management team in large scale dairy organisations.

Published: December 2019

The research in this report was based on four organisations with a structured interview designed to identify the key features of the culture of eac...

LEAF Teenage Years Engagement Survey

Published: October 2018

The twelve-month research programme, commissioned by LEAF Education and supported by Rothamsted Research, comprised a survey of over 1,000 12 to 18...

Life after Study

Published: January 2018

Statistics relating to the impacts of tertiary education on life after study including: income, employment, rates of return, living standards and o...

Measuring the impact of GrowingNZ - Indicators to monitor change in New Zealand's primary sector workforce

Published: May 2017

An important role of the Primary Industry Capability Alliance is to monitor trends in the workforce size and capability as these provide key indica...

National Agriculture Workforce Development Plan

Published: June 2014

The overriding goal of this workforce development plan is to enable the agriculture sector to remain competitive by retaining and recruiting a skil...

New Entrants to Australian Agricultural Industries: Where are the young farmers?

Published: February 2014

This report explores the declining numbers of young farmers in Australian agriculture, and is based upon a time series analysis of Australian Popul...

New Zealand farmer and grower attitude and opinion survey: Analysis by sector and management system

Published: October 2007

The core of the ARGOS research design is a longitudinal panel study.

New Zealanders' views of the primary sector

Published: October 2017

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 ...

New Zealand’s Environmental Reporting Series: Our land 2018

Published: April 2018

This publication reports on the state of the soil, and the state of indigenous biodiversity and ecosystems in New Zealand.

New models of tertiary education

Published: March 2017

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 a...

Non-completers in industry training

Published: October 2016

This research explores the reasons why some industry trainees do not complete their qualifications.

Opening gates: Staff attraction and retention on New Zealand’s meat and fibre farms

Published: 2019

This is a research paper into how future employees, current employees and the employers of both, feel about their current situations in their in to...

Opinion of Primary Industries - May 2020

Published: May 2020

Results in this report are based upon questions asked in the UMR online omnibus survey, which is a nationally representative sample of 1,077 New Ze...

Opportunities and Barriers Perceived by Secondary School Agriculture Teachers in Implementing the GPS Cows Learning Module

Published: January 2019

Within the agriculture sector the use of digital technologies is rapidly expanding.

Our Rural professionals – Are we supporting the people who support our farmers?

Published: July 2021

Our Rural professionals are passionate people that are out having day to day interactions with our Food and Fibre Producers.

Participation in tertiary education in New Zealand

Published: January 2018

Statistics relating to: field of study of the courses studied at tertiary education providers; participation in Industry Training; participation in...

Pathways into Primary Industries - Phase One Report

Published: February 2021

The Pathways into Primary Industries (PiPI) project brings together the activities of a broad range of stakeholders into a clear direction for trai...

People Powered - Building capabilities to keep New Zealand’s primary industries internationally competitive

Published: June 2014

Key findings from the "Future capability needs for the primary industries in New Zealand" report, and summary of the expected capability needs for ...

Perceptions of Careers in the Tourism Industry - Quantitative Research Findings

Published: August 2018

This robust online research project builds on the qualitative focus group research undertaken by the research agency Angus & Associates, covering f...

Primary Industries Workforce Scan

Published: March 2017

Qualitative and quantitative research (including labour market insights) to develop an evidence based Workforce Scan for the Primary Sector.

Primary Sector Science Roadmap

Published: June 2017

Te Ao Tūroa – the Primary Sector Science Roadmap (the Roadmap) has been designed to strengthen New Zealand’s bioeconomy.

Primary sector workforce skill projections - Analysis of dairy farming, beef & sheep farming, and the forestry production industries

Published: August 2016

Report showing how the skills of the workforce in the dairy farming, beef & sheep farming, and forestry production industries are projected to chan...

Principles of an Indigenous CommunityBased Science Program

Published: January 2018

This paper describes a set of principles found within existing indigenous community-based science programs, identified as possible contributors to ...

Professional Agriculture – A Case of Supply and Demand

Published: February 2012

The agricultural industry is at the crossroads in terms of workforce capacity.

Profile & Trends - New Zealand’s Workplace-Based Learners

Published: September 2017

This is the third of six reports to be published in the Profile & Trends 2016 series.

Profiling Career Changers

Published: June 2018

Previous research has identified "career changers" as an important source of highly valuable recruits.

Project Kāmehameha - A summary of research to inform design and delivery of career resources for Māori

Published: March 2016

Project Kāmehameha is a research programme that will be used to drive the development of digital tools and resources to respond to the changing car...

Rebuilding the Agricultural Workforce

Published: January 2012

A scoping study that reviews the effectiveness of current interventions designed to increase the number of people with higher education qualificati...

Red Meat Profit Partnership - Talent Attraction Final Report

Published: March 2020

Red Meat Profit Partnership (RMPP) is a programme to help the pastoral red meat livestock sector in New Zealand increase its productivity and profi...

Retention of skilled migrants in the New Zealand Dairy Industry

Published: January 2016

The retention of skilled migrants is a key issue facing many industries.

Returns from training in the dairy farming industry. Part A: The relationship between formal qualifications and employee income

Published: September 2016

This analysis explores the relationship between formal qualifications and the individual income of segments of employees in the dairy farming sector.

Returns from training in the dairy farming industry. Part B: Modelled impact on business performance

Published: July 2016

Estimation of the financial benefits of a range of formal training options available to the dairy farming industry.

Review Into Agricultural Education And Training In New South Wales

Published: July 2013

This Review was initiated because of concern about the shortage of young people choosing careers in agriculture.

Room to Grow - Challenges for the future of food and fibre education in Australia

Published: April 2018

A comprehensive review to identify current issues related to education in agriculture, fisheries, and forestry in Australia, with a view to identif...

School leavers destinations

Published: August 2017

Destination of school leavers after leaving secondary school. Each year, around 60,000 students are leaving the schooling system and moving on to f...

Seven Questions about Apprenticeships: Answers from International Experience

Published: January 2018

After a period of relative neglect in many countries, apprenticeships and other forms of work-based learning are experiencing a revival.

Skills Students Need in the Real World: Competencies Desired by Agricultural and Natural Resources Industry Leaders

Published: November 2017

The competencies addressed by undergraduate agricultural education programs should be assessed so programs are effective in supplying a well-prepar...

St Paul’s Centre of Excellence for Agricultural Science and Business Developmental Evaluation - 2017 Full Report

Published: December 2017

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 Centre of Excellence for Agricultural Science and Business Developmental Evaluation - Progress Report

Published: November 2016

The focus for the developmental evaluation of the Centre of Excellence for Agricultural Science and Business/Agribusiness programmes at St Paul’s C...

Staffing Solutions for Primary Industries

Published: 2003

Agribusiness has to adopt a professional approach to Human Resource management.

Student Perceptions of Workforce Readiness in Agriculture

Published: September 2018

The purpose of this study was to examine postsecondary agriculture students’ perceptions of and their personal competence in various workforce read...

Suburbanites' Perceptions About Agriculture: The Challenge for Media

Published: January 2018

As urban dwellers become more isolated from the original sources of their food, their dependence on agriculture becomes less vivid.

Survey of Rural Decision Makers - understanding decision makers in primary industry

Published: September 2018

The Survey of Rural Decision Makers is a resource to help policy makers, regional councils, industry groups, and businesses to explore questions re...

Tasmanian Primary Industries Workforce Development Scan 2015-16

Published: September 2016

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...

TeacherFX - Building the Capacity of STEM, Agriculture and Digital Technologies Teachers in Western Australia

Published: January 2019

Whilst agriculture is Australia’s fastest growing industry, the negative perception of career opportunities by high school students and the lack of...

The Attitude Gap Challenge - A South Auckland Employment And Skills Challenge

Published: June 2016

This project centres on understanding the reasons behind the lack of connection between local employers and young people in South Auckland.

The Future of Agricultural Education: The Case of the Netherlands

Published: June 2006

Agricultural education has been an essential factor in the success of agricultural development in the Netherlands.

The Future of Jobs Report 2018

Published: September 2018

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is interacting with other socio-economic and demographic factors to create a perfect storm of business model chang...

The extent and cyclicality of career changes: Evidence for the U.K.

Published: May 2016

Using quarterly data for the U. K.

The future of work in New Zealand: An empirical examination

Published: January 2021

This report examines the adoption of future-of-work (FoW) practices, processes and technology in New Zealand workplaces.

The importance of developing positive stress management and mindset skills in young dairy workers

Published: 2021

Stress management is a learned skill. No one is born with it. We develop stress management skills either good or bad reactively out of our upbringi...

The post-study earnings and destinations of young, domestic graduates.

Published: June 2017

A series of fact sheets and associated data tables provide information on the outcomes for young people who complete a qualification at a tertiary ...

Trends in primary sector qualification completions

Published: June 2017

This document summarises data on primary industry related qualification completions. The analysis considers trends in the completions of tertiary t...

Understanding decision making that leads to careers in the Primary Industries

Published: December 2016

This research was focused on secondary school students, with objectives to: (1) establish a baseline of secondary school students’ current levels o...

Understanding the composition of primary sector workforces over a year

Published: 2021

All primary industries employ a high proportion of New Zealanders. There is monthly variation in the size of the workforce across sectors/value chain.

Understanding what drives youth perspective to make radical change in agriculture.

Published: December 2019

The agriculture sector is one that is talked about and analysed from every angle by people all around the world every single day.

Using ‘Meat for Kids’ as a vehicle to enhancing children’s knowledge about agriculture.

Published: December 2019

The ‘Meat for Kids’ programme has an excellent opportunity to open the door and educate the industries next consumer and also potential workforce.

Valuing the skills of people on dairy farms

Published: September 2013

A great deal of attention has been given in recent years to how business profitability can be increased by investing in developing skills among man...

What is the true cost of transience to the New Zealand dairy industry?

Published: 2021

This report investigates whether the dairy industry has an issue with labour transience and what it truly costs a business to lose and retrain a ne...

What standard of agricultural student are we creating?

Published: September 2013

School liaison officers at the Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre continue to struggle to open some secondary school doors.

Which Farmers Participate When?

Published: October 2006

This report seeks to gain a better understanding of Australian farmers’ participation in capacity building activities and to identify sources of da...

Workforce redeployment - social research with primary industry considerers

Published: June 2020

The primary industry sector has a shortfall of workers across many roles and fields.

Young Peoples’ Perceptions of Careers in the Tourism Industry - Qualitative Research Findings

Published: March 2018

Comprehensive qualitative research involving focus groups and individual interviews to establish a baseline understanding of young peoples’ awarene...

Youth in STEM Research 2019-20

Published: January 2021

In a world of constant change, it is critical that the Australian population has the right skills to take advantage of the opportunities presented ...