LABOUR & EDUCATON

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.

Horticulture Training

Across New Zealand there are a range of flexible study options to develop your career or upskill your employees in the horticulture field. Programmes are available part-time or full-time.

Apprenticeships and Traineeships
Primary Industry Training Organisation (ITO) primaryito.ac.nz 0800 208 020
Polytechnics
Eastern Institute of Technology (Hawkes Bay, Gisborne) eit.ac.nz 0800 225 5348 
North Tec northtec.ac.nz 0800 808 856 
Toi-Ohomai boppoly.ac.nz 0800 267 7659 
Nelson & Marlborough Institute of Technology nmit.ac.nz 0800 422 733
Manukau Institute of Technology   manukau.ac.nz 0800 62 62 52 
Open Polytechnic openpolytechnic.ac.nz 0508 650 200
Unitec unitec.ac.nz 0800 109 510
Private Training Organisations
Fruition Horticulture fruition.net.nz (07) 928 5350 
Pacific Coast Training Institute pcti.co.nz (07) 575 2185
University Diplomas and Degrees
Massey University massey.ac.nz 0800 627739 
Lincoln University lincoln.ac.nz 0800 106 010
Waikato University waikato.ac.nz  0800 924 5286 

Scholarships

Every year there are a range of scholarships available to New Zealand students and trainees who have a special interest in horticulture, specifically the fruit and vegetable industries. These are available to people undergoing significant industry training or education.

Industry Training Scholarships
Hawkes Bay Fruit Growers Association hbfruitgrowers.co.nz (06) 870 8541
HortNZ Industry Training Scholarships hortnz.co.nz (04) 472 3795
Hort NZ Undergraduate Scholarships hortnz.co.nz (04) 472 3795
Hawkes Bay Fruit Growers Association hbfruitgrowers.co.nz (06) 870 8541
Zespri Scholarships zespri.com (07) 572 7600
Plant and Food Research Summer Studentships plantandfood.co.nz (09) 925 7000
Post Graduate Scholarships and Research Fellowships
Pipfruit NZ Research Fellowship pipfruit.co.nz (06) 873 7080
Bruce Stowell Work Exchange Scholarship zespri.com (07) 572 7600