Horticulture apprenticeship program launches in New Zealand

The apprenticeships aim to upskill through on-the-job training. (Photo: Via YouTube)

Interested in working in viticulture but not sure how to get a foot in the door? The wider horticultural industry is offering 100 three-year apprenticeships and are inviting anyone interested to apply now.

“This is an encouraging first step in this sector-led, government-supported approach that improves employers’ access to reliable, appropriately skilled staff at the right time and place.” – Nathan Grennell

The apprenticeships aim to upskill through on-the-job training, which aligns to industry requirements and regional needs, helping apprentices benefit from practical skills they can apply on the job. The three-year apprenticeship has been designed to replicate a typical season, so can be started anytime.

Benefits to employers include the recruitment and retention of existing staff, rewarding and securing talent, building flexibility and capability in teams, increasing productivity, helping with succession planning, and minimising health and safety risks.

“This is an encouraging first step in this sector-led, government-supported approach that improves employers’ access to reliable, appropriately skilled staff at the right time and place.”

Says Nathan Grennell from the Ministry for Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE), a partner in the scheme.

For more information on the Horticulture Production Apprenticeship visit the Let’s Grow website.

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