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Labour / October 6, 2020

Summer-work Taster Course: Registrations Open

A new NZKGI-led, Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) funded initiative is about to kick off to give people an insight into working on a kiwifruit orchard.

The initiative has its sights on encouraging jobseekers to take up employment in the kiwifruit industry by providing free training for NZ citizens and permanent residents. It follows NZKGI’s successful winter pruning training programmes earlier this year.

NZKGI Education Co-ordinator Di Holloway says the kiwifruit industry needs a workforce of more than 17,000 people in November.

“This initiative provides a great opportunity for New Zealanders to try something new, with free training and assistance to find jobs,” says Ms Holloway.

“This opportunity may be of interest to those who have recently lost their jobs due to COVID-19, or those seeking a career change.”

The one-day taster course will give jobseekers an insight into the nature of working on a kiwifruit orchard, which can be physically demanding. It provides both the theory and practical experience of summer canopy management. The first part of the day is in a classroom, followed by a practical demonstration on an orchard.

“We hope that a large proportion of the people who undertake the one-day training will be pleasantly surprised by the variety of different jobs on offer,” says Ms Holloway.

Following the one-day taster, a two-day training course will be offered to those interested in pursuing the opportunity more.

“The two-day training will equip participants with the competencies required for the jobs on kiwifruit orchards all the way through to harvest in autumn,” says Ms Holloway.

MPI Director Investment, Skills and Performance Cheyne Gillooly says this initiative is a great way for people to get a taste of working in the kiwifruit industry.

“Working in the kiwifruit industry can be hugely rewarding,” says Mr Gillooly. “We see enormous value in these types of initiatives in both introducing job-seekers to careers that they might not have considered or might have considered and want to learn more.

“It’s a really exciting time to get into a job in the food and fibres sector and there are a range of opportunities on offer, many of which are available on the Opportunity Grows Here website.  Our food and fibres sector continues to play a huge role in New Zealand’s recovery from COVID-19.”

Taster Course dates:
9 & 10 November – Te Puke
12 November – Opotiki
13 November – Gisborne