[3 October/Stuff]

One in five people who wanted to take up dairy farming apprenticeships come from Auckland. A joint dairy apprenticeship scheme was launched a year ago by Federated Farmers and Primary ITO. Since then, 240 people had registered their interest, with over 40 coming from Auckland. Primary ITO Chief Executive, Linda Sissons, said many more would be needed. She added it was a good signal that it as a great career and starting as an apprentice would put them on a premium pathway. The industry would need an estimated 17,000 new workers by 2025. She noted they were pleased to see Aucklanders were interesting in learning to be dairy farmers. About 60 people had started apprenticeships mainly in Taranaki and Waikato. Federated Farmers Dairy Chairman, Chris Lewis, said good farm employers had a lot to offer and dairy farming should be an attractive career.