Support programmes at Levels 2, 3 and 4 in Fruit Production and Postharvest

Industry has identified fruit production and postharvest programmes as priorities for its general workforce.

Number of places Context
Fund another 100 places
(for a total of 670)
In 2022, the number of learners in relevant programmes related to fruit production and post-harvest was 570. The number of learners between 2011 and 2022 has shown an increasing trend which plateaued in recent years.


Support programmes at Level 3 and 4 for supervision skills, including programmes targeted at upskilling seasonal work supervisors in cultural competency, emotional awareness and behaviours

The Fruit industry is ethnically diverse and heavily reliant on a migrant workforce, with 29% of the workforce being on work and work holiday visas.

The industry has identified leadership training as a key issue to support employees who are responsible for leading seasonal worker teams (especially in the Kiwifruit industry).


Number of places Context
Fund another 25 places
(for a total of 50)

New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Production (Level 4), Strand in Fruit Production offered by Te Pūkenga | Toi Ohomai has supervisory components. Specifically, some relevant supervisory topics covered include:

  • Supervisory skills for horticulture
  • Supervise a crop harvest

Website link:
New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Production (Level 4), Strand in Fruit Production | Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology.


Support programmes that are targeted at upskilling large quantities of seasonal workers in specific tasks in a short time-frame … … and … For work-based training, support programmes that recognise the peaks and troughs of workloads in a seasonal industry

Work in the Fruit industry is highly seasonal, with different fruit having different seasonal peaks. This puts pressure on how to train the workforce. Industry has called for programmes that can upskill workers at scale and in a short period of time. It also wants delivery that fits in with the seasonal calendar.

Support programmes that provide transferable skills that enable seasonal workers to be used across sectors

The Fruit industry faces labour shortages. It recognises that having a workforce with transferable skills means that workers can move across and between sectors, opening up the labour pool for industries and providing options to workers for career paths.

Support work-based training that is collaborative across multiple businesses and involve employers contributing their expertise – particularly in the emerging technology space

For work-based training the industry wants a collaborative practice across multiple businesses that involve employers contributing their expertise. This is particularly important for bringing workers up to speed with emerging technologies.

Support programmes that enable the adoption of emerging technologies

There is a lack of skills to support technological changes around production for some parts of the Fruit industry.


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