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 is an industry on the rise; sectors and businesses have set ambitious growth targets of $10 billion by 2020, yet many businesses are struggling to find people to work in the industry. The Ministry of Primary Industries 2014 People Powered Report identified that currently, the industry does not have the people capability to meet horticulture’s export targets.
The report states that an increase of 7,800 people and 14,900 more workers with qualifications are needed by 2025. In an effort to address this resourcing need, NZKGI has become increasingly focused on careers and education within the industry; we work to connect with students and open their eyes to the endless career opportunities available to them in New Zealand’s thriving horticulture industry.
Following the successful completion of the ME Programme Pilot at Katikati College in 2017, NZKGI has accepted a proposal from Primary ITO to develop the Programme beyond the Pilot in 2018.