[5 October/ New Zealand Herald]

Federated Farmers and Primary ITO have joined forces to offer three-year apprenticeships in the dairy industry. Federated Farmers will find dairy farm employers and ensure they are equipped to provide a quality work environment supporting on-job training of apprentices. Primary ITO will recruit apprentices, arrange pre-work skills lessons and formal training toward NZQA-recognised qualifications. Primary ITO will also support apprenticeships through routine farm visits to ensure everything is on target. The Federated Farmers Apprenticeship Dairy aims to place 200 apprentices on New Zealand dairy farms over the next few months. It is predicted these apprenticeships would mostly be in Northland. A second and third stage of the pilot would be released next year as the apprentice scheme developed to meet the needs of people better.