EFFECTIVE TRAINING AND ASSESSMENT OF COMPETENCY AND COMPLIANCE FOR NEW ZEALAND PRIMARY INDUSTRY
Primary producers and the rural supply industry must comply with both New Zealand Law and with international market requirements. This usually requires proof of workplace best practice. Current compliance training to meet the requirements for the manufacture, storage, transport and use of agrichemicals has become incorporated into existing, but more generic horticultural and agricultural training programmes. Competency has been assessed by a formalised written test meeting rigorous educational standards. The ability to pass such an assessment has not, however, automatically translated into competency or compliance in the workplace. Theoretical compliance requirements may have been met, but on-job work practices often remained unchanged. Employers in New Zealand are increasingly demanding value from training programmes. In collaboration with a national rural supply company, a different training approach has been considered. A well-constructed course will now provide information relevant to all members of staff in a workplace and their knowledge will be assessed, at least in part, using the collection of naturally occurring work place practices as a basis for measuring competency and compliance. Different evidence is required for different members of the workforce, depending on their position and their level of responsibility within the company. Financial and other constraints in such a system have been considered.
Calcinai , B. (2011). EFFECTIVE TRAINING AND ASSESSMENT OF COMPETENCY AND COMPLIANCE FOR NEW ZEALAND PRIMARY INDUSTRY. Acta Hortic. 920, 83-88
rural supply, compliance training, course development, assessment of competency, naturally occurring workplace practice, GROWSAFE