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Briefing for Incoming Ministers - Primary Industry Skills Programme

Author: Ministry for Primary Industries

Organisation: Ministry for Primary Industries

Published: February 2017

Country: New Zealand

Research type: Report

Briefing prepared for Hon Louise Upston (Associate Minister for Primary Industries), providing information on the capability needs in the primary sectors and MPI’s skill work programme, and policy and implementation issues. A highly skilled, adaptive and evolving workforce is critical to the future of the primary industries in New Zealand. Over the next decade there will be a need to increase the skill level of the primary industries by both up-skilling the existing workforce, and attracting more highly skilled new people, to meet a projected demand of 93,000 more people with tertiary qualifications. Management, business, scientific, technical, marketing, and cultural skills will be particularly critical, as well as lifting people management capability to improve retention of existing workers and better support their development.