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Training day offers chance to learn about kiwifruit industry

People who want to work in the kiwifruit industry have the opportunity of a free training day in an initiative put together by the New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers Incorporated (NZKGI).

The Ministry for Primary Industries is funding the project, which aims to give potential employees an insight into kiwifruit orchard work in Gisborne. It is about to get under way.

“The initiative aims to encourage jobseekers to take up employment in the kiwifruit industry, which can see a required labour force of over 17,000 people nationally in November,” said NZKGI education coordinator Di Holloway.

“This is a great opportunity for New Zealanders, with free training and assistance to find jobs provided.”

Following on from the organisation’s successful winter pruning training programmes, NZKGI offers potential employees in Gisborne the opportunity to see if summer work on orchards is something for them, as well as to offer further training to those interested.

“This may be of interest to those who have recently lost their jobs due to Covid-19, or those who may be seeking a career change”, she said

The one-day taster course will give potential employees an insight into the nature of kiwifruit orchard work, which can be physically demanding.

“We hope that a large proportion of the people who undertake the one-day training will be pleasantly surprised by the variety of different jobs”, Ms Holloway said.

The course will offer both the theory and practical aspects of summer canopy management. The first part of the day is in a classroom and then continues to an orchard for practical demonstration.

The training day is on Friday, November 13.

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