Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


WEDS addressing the region’s Primary Sector skill needs

The Wairarapa Economic Development Strategy Group [WEDS] welcomes today’s announcement from Hon Chris Hipkins, the Minister of Education, on the reform of vocational education in New Zealand.

While the reforms are a national package, the test will be their local application. It is recognised that regions need to step up and help shape the reforms to meet their local needs. Knowing this was coming, WEDS has developed an active Vocational Skills Leadership Group in Wairarapa to work alongside Government on implementation.

The group is made up of iwi, education providers, Federated Farmers and WEDS leaders and their first focus is on addressing our region’s primary sector skills needs. As a result, they’ve led the establishment of a Primary Sector Skills group made up of cross-sector Wairarapa farmers. These farmers are employers who are committed to attracting more learners into the sector and supporting them to excel. They’re currently designing a vocational hub as the local response to the implementation challenge and with the goal of getting some training in place for 2020.

The vision is to strike a balance between learning and earning and it will work to attract employers (farmers and processors) into supporting training, connect learners with the right options, and help both to work together. Their work will be aligned with the existing services already offered by providers, helping ensure the courses being designed meet local needs. The focus will on making sure quality programmes are available for students to succeed in the workforce.

“The biggest change people will see is an ‘earn as you learn’ scenario for learners,” says Primary Sector Skills group chair, Andrew Freeman.

“We envisage them being genuinely useful on-farm within a week and ideally earning real money within months, but at the same time building skills and gaining credit for them.

“But the key is providing support to all – upskilling managers as much as early learners.”

The initiative is backed by Wairarapa Youth in Education Training or Employment (YETE), which has already received funding to assist up to 60 at risk rangatahi to transition into training and employment and are working with the Primary Sector group as the programme design develops. It also has the support of Ngāti Kahungunu and Rangitāne who are passionate about developing and growing young farmers.

“The closure of Taratahi made us all focus on the urgent need for primary sector skills training in Wairarapa to meet the needs of our rural economy,” said Masterton Mayor Lyn Patterson on behalf of the WEDS Governance Group.

“However, the model we’re developing has a wider application to other critical skill gaps and our Vocational Skills Leadership group will be proactively engaging with Government in the coming months to ensure Wairarapa’s immediate and future skills needs are met.”

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

There Is A Field: Reimagining Biodiversity In Aotearoa

We are in a moment of existential peril, with interconnected climate and biodiversity crises converging on a global scale to drive most life on Earth to the brink of extinction. However, our current worldview and political paradigm renders us incapable of responding adequately due to its disconnected and divisive default settings.

These massive challenges can, however, be reframed as a once in a lifetime opportunity to fundamentally change how humanity relates to nature and to each other. Read on The Dig>>

The Dig: Scoop’s Engaged Journalism Platform Launches
The Scoop Ecosystem has grown bigger with the launch of The Dig - a new public interest, in-depth, Engaged Journalism platform. More>>


Unscoped Or Missed Damage: Resolution For Canterbury Owners Of On-Sold Homes

People with over-cap on-sold* properties in Canterbury can now apply for a Government payment so they can get on and repair their homes. More>>


Hamilton-Auckland: First Urban Growth Partnership Signed

New Zealand’s first urban growth partnership between the Government, local councils and mana whenua was signed at a meeting of mayors, chairs and ministers in Hampton Downs today. More>>


Vote On Action Next Week: Secondary Principals Walk From Negotiations

“Unfortunately we consider there is no further value in continuing negotiations at this point. The government has not been able to table an offer that will be acceptable to our members.” More>>

Patrol Car Stolen, Glocks Taken: Manhunt In Gore

The driver rammed the patrol car before fleeing on foot with Police chasing, also on foot. The man has then circled back around, stolen the patrol vehicle, which had the keys left in it, and rammed another Police car... Two Police-issued Glock pistols were stolen. More>>


"Shocking And Dangerous": Accused Mosque Shooter's Prison Letter Posted Online

The man accused of the Christchurch mosque attacks has sent seven letters from prison and had two others withheld, Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis says. Corrections has now blocked the accused gunman from sending or receiving mail... More>>


Standing On List Only: Paula Bennett To Run National’s Election Campaign

The National Party is pleased to announce the appointment of Paula Bennett as our Campaign Chair for the 2020 General Election, President Peter Goodfellow says. More>>

Waiver For State Care Inquiry: Historic Abuse Survivors 'Can Speak Freely'

Abuse in state care survivors can take part in the forthcoming Royal Commission proceedings without being bound by any confidentiality obligations to Crown agencies under their historic claim settlements, Minister of State Services Chris Hipkins said. More>>


Trail Trial: Sexual Violence Court Reduces Lead-Up Times And Trauma

An evaluation of New Zealand’s first sexual violence court has confirmed that the approach taken in the judge-led pilot considerably reduces the time that cases take to reach trial. More>>




InfoPages News Channels