We'll help you to grow the skills of your staff, with our on-job training programmes, support and resources.
The Government is committed to investing in on the job training to support our skills pipeline in New Zealand. Below are the fundi...
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Looking for staff, or searching for your next opportunity? Check out the new Primary ITO Jobs Board
There are a few good reasons to train your team. Check out what some of our employers had to tell us about the value of training.
Welcome to Pathways into Primary Industries (PIPI). We’re connecting Kiwi career seekers with employers across the primary industr...
If you’re interested in enrolling with us, this page tells you about eligibility, how to enrol, what support you can get, and more...
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Find out what each different sector could offer you and about job opportunities.
Check out what a few of our learners had to tell us about the value of training.
We help students to take their first steps towards an exciting career in the primary industry, and support schools too.
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Primary ITO has joined Te Pūkenga, New Zealand’s largest tertiary education provider.
Supporting professional development in the dairy manufacturing and meat processing industries.
It's time for a new approach. The support you need for the outcomes you want.
We know NZ’s primary industries in particular have been hugely impacted by skill shortages. Add to that the limitations from Covid, a lack of workers from overseas, and demand is still through the roof – it’s time for a new strategy.
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For sure! We know that a role as a farm hand or a labourer can be a great starting block for newbies, where people can build the foundational skills to progress their careers.
Nobody expects to be CEO in their first role – but we know the best way to learn is on the job, and the best place to start is at the beginning.
There are heaps of places already available that can help you find temp or seasonal workers.
If you’re looking for seasonal staff, try these websites:
For more info on opportunities within the primary industries: Opportunity Grows Here For horticulture: Pick NZ For wine: Wine Jobs Online
Otherwise, try the Work and Income Recruitment website, or check out workandincome.govt.nz/employers
You’ve still got the reins when it comes to who you employ.
When you participate in PIPI, we’ll connect you with people who we think will fit the bill, and you’ll get to interview them and decide if they’re right for you and your business.
The employment process itself is up to you – you know what and who is best fit for you and your team. We’re just here to give you a helping hand.
PIPI is designed to bring people into lifelong learning and careers in the primary industries.
We know that the primary industries provide heaps of opportunities for career pathways and development, both within and between industries – that’s the beauty of such a diverse industry!
We want to show how people can gain a career, not just a job, and PIPI is the perfect place to start. The best place to learn is on the job, so as their employer, you’re also their teacher. They’ll learn about your business while being part of your business, so you are equipping them with the skills to be a fully effective member of your team.
We expect that you will work with them to develop their career pathway goals, and support them in achieving those goals – wherever that will take them.
Their skill levels will vary depending on previous experience and employment.
What we do know for sure is that they’ll arrive with a keen interest in your industry, and a willingness to learn – how cool is that?!
As long as your requirements don’t discriminate based on ethnicity, gender, sexuality, etc, normal employment law stuff, you can be as specific as you need to be. There will be some necessary attributes that you need, in a practical sense, for your workplace.
However, we ask that you keep an open mind – if you put the blinkers on you might miss someone fantastic!
PIPI is a new way of thinking about attraction, recruitment and retention. It’s a project, so we are asking you to take a chance on the process and make the most of the online learning and mentor programmes.
It’s important not to expect that you’ll be getting a 2IC, or someone who can hit the ground running. PIPI participants may be completely new to your industry, but they’re there because they truly want to learn: investing your time in them is the same as investing in your business.