Commercial solutions

Developing sustainable industry training systems in NZ and around the world

Commercial solutions

Agriculture Services Ltd (ASL) is our subsidiary business that specialises in industry training solutions, workplace productivity, capacity building and agribusiness consultancy.

The majority of ASL business has a commercial project focus and complements Primary ITO’s organisational goals and objectives. Operating within New Zealand and internationally, ASL is focused on increasing primary industry growth and prosperity. Commercial returns from business activities are re-invested in New Zealand for the benefit of our primary industries.

 

So what do we do?

ASL business operations include project management and consultancy assignments across a range of clients such as industry good organisations, central and local government, agribusiness companies and industry participants. We have an international business portfolio focused on customised industry training solutions and agribusiness projects in both commercial and foreign aid settings. This commercial business focus, flexibility and responsive approach ensures we can deliver the absolute best training solutions for our business customers both in New Zealand and abroad.  

 

Our capabilities

Training design

We work with industry and individual businesses to design and develop training programmes that meet their industry and business outcomes. These outcomes can be achieved through New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NQF) unit standards and qualifications or linked directly to their industry and business needs. We are proud of the tailored, customised service we offer our customers.

Our consultation process incorporates:

  • Understanding your business strategy and goals to ensure a direct link to the development of training courses and programmes
  • Understanding your business challenges, and the skills that will be required now, and in the future
  • Referencing relevant high performing businesses and individuals that exhibit best practice 
  • Running industry and business focus groups where appropriate

 

 

Supporting resources

Bringing together good educational practice with the practicalities of the workplace means we can design a range of supporting resources for your business.

These resources may include: 

  • Study guides 
  • Facilitator guides, resources and packs
  • Employer/trainer guides 
  • Assessments and assessment evidence collection guides 
  • Resources to link learning with best practice publications, relevant research, etc.
Our resources are structured to ensure they are appropriate for the literacy and numeracy levels of those undertaking the training, and are relevant to the learning situation. 

 

 

Training delivery

A range of options can be designed and customised to meet the context and level of those undertaking the training programme.

Our training delivery includes: 

  • Sourcing the expertise to deliver theory based learning
  • The design and implementation learning and assessment reporting systems 

The training delivery can be directly matched to your business needs and desired outcomes. Assessments can be designed to take into account the realities of workplace performance using naturally occurring evidence in the workplace rather than artificial “exam” approach. Expertise can be sourced when staff and managers don’t possess the skills and knowledge required.  Additionally, a range of quality assurance activities can be designed to implement, record and report on the effectiveness of the learning and assessment outcomes. 

 

Measurement of value added by training

We believe that correctly designed and implemented training will have an economic impact that results from permanent change behaviour. This economic value added is often not measured and low value training can continue to be delivered while high quality high value training is ignored. The valuation process is based on understanding how and where the value is added as well as calculating the economic return.

By applying a valuation process to training the following outcomes can occur:

  • A calculation of the value added to the business
  • An understanding of how the value was added
  • An ability to review low value training so that it can deliver a higher return.
  • Data to inform new training design

 

 

Development of Vocational Training Frameworks

Vocational education delivered by more than one provider to the same standard needs a framework to ensure:

  • Common approach to describing outcomes
  • Defining levels of performance aligned to work and learning requirements
  • Defining learning time requirements
  • Consistency between trainers
  • Accreditation of training providers
  • Accreditation of training programmes
  • Standards for trainers including training of trainers
  • Development of systems for assessment registration
  • Process for issuing certificates of qualification achievement
  • Systems for reporting to Government and industry

Short courses we've developed