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.

Cultivate Your Career


Cultivate Your Career is an annual event coordinated by NZKGI as part of its mission to attract, develop and inspire young people within the Bay of Plenty’s horticulture industry.  The event  introduces industry professionals to secondary school students, exposing them to the skills they need to transition from school into horticulture employment.

Students from years 11, 12 and 13 are brought together from different schools to participate in a series of modules presented by industry representatives on subjects ranging on anything from biosecurity, to corporate social responsibility or technology. Students are then tasked with completing an activity relating to the module.

The 2017  event was a great success involving 17 Bay of Plenty Secondary Schools and 250 students being taken on a ‘Journey of Discovery’ around six innovative businesses in the Te Puke area.  Students rotated around local businesses including Comvita, EastPack, Eurofins Bay of Plenty, Trevelyan’s, Plant Food & Research and BayGold to get a first-hand insight into a career in horticulture and apiculture.

Very informative and interesting, learnt a lot about the different job opportunities in the horticulture industry. A lot of interactive activities rather than just sitting and listening to people talk which made the day a lot more fun. Valuable information gathered that can be used in the externals.

– Otumoetai College Student

For more information on Cultivate Your Career, visit the BOP Young Fruit Grower website. 

If you would like to take part in the 2018 event you can email Renee Fritchley or contact
NZKGI on 07 5747139.