It is estimated the industry will need another 2,000 permanent employees and 4,000 seasonal employees within the next few years. This future growth is dependent on the ability to attract and retain young people who are highly skilled and enthusiastic and develop them to become our industry’s future leaders.
The Katikati Innovative Horticulture Project is unique, innovative and pioneering and is supported by industry with a focus on growing a skilled horticultural work force. This project will create a centre of horticultural educational excellence catering for school aged students, young people not in education, employment or training, (NEETs) and the community. It will bring together education, skills and training providers offering pathways into horticulture, under one umbrella, based at Katikati College.
NZKGI has a strong focus on working with secondary schools to make sure teachers, students and parents are aware of the varied training and employment opportunities in the kiwifruit industry. NZKGI is a strong supporter of the Katikati College programme and is also a member of the Katikati Innovative Horticulture Trust.
To find out more you can visit their website: https://www.katikatiihp.com