The meat industry is New Zealand's second largest goods exporter, generating $8.5 billion in export revenue in 2018 of which 85% was exported.
The meat processing industry is New Zealand's largest manufacturing sector, providing jobs for 25,000 people at more than 60 locations nationwide and processes around 25 million sheep and five million cattle every year.
A career in the meat processing industry offers many opportunities. A key motivator of driving workers to learn is to provide them with opportunities to increase their knowledge to progress into other on-plant roles. The meat processing learning pathway highlights development opportunities available to graduates of meat processing qualifications.