HORTICULTURE INDUSTRY BASED TRAINING: DOES IT REALLY WORK?
New Zealand is renowned for its quality produce and sustainable production systems. Complementing this achievement is an industry-based national training framework which for 15 years has provided skilled and experienced staff to meet the needs of the Horticultural Industry in New Zealand. An overview is presented of how the Horticultural Industry has developed practical skilled based training programmes in arboriculture, fruit, vegetables, viticulture, amenity horticulture, floriculture, floristry, landscaping, cut flowers, nursery production and sports turf management. This will examine how training programmes have been structured utilising existing resources, as well as establishing compliances needed to ensure a robust and effective national qualification system which meets industry requirements. All national qualifications in New Zealand are competency based rather than achievement based. This assessment method has been one of many effective tools used to make a successful horticultural training system. Success obtained demonstrates that industry based training is valuable, providing support from the Horticultural Industry exists initially and training systems and regulations are created to provide relevant national qualifications that meet the skill needs of a growing economy.
Puflett, D. (2009). HORTICULTURE INDUSTRY BASED TRAINING: DOES IT REALLY WORK?. Acta Hortic. 832, 177-184
competency based assessment, moderation, unit standards, levels credits, national qualifications