A selection of primary industry programmes and courses
Leading and managing
Aspiring to lead
This 2-day foundational workshop is designed to develop a basic level of core management and leadership skills for employees new to leading and managing others. Across the 2 days, 12 learning modules will be covered, to leave employees feeling confident in understanding themselves and others, as well as delivering successful team outcomes.
Lead to inspire
This 2-day advanced level workshop is designed to develop competency in management and leadership skills for employees who have been leading and managing others for more than 12 months.
A regionally focused programme of workshops and mentoring, bringing together businesses from across the food and fibre sectors with a common goal – to grow their businesses by growing their people.
This course supports all those in leadership positions to understand the diversity of learning and communication styles within their team. Learning to understand themselves and others, to effectively communicate, motivate, and understand the motivations of those around them.
Made possible by the Ministry for Primary Industries, this 12-month programme of bi-monthly workshops and ongoing mentoring is designed for small businesses without dedicated human resource personnel. It arms participants with the tools to make changes in their workplace, from small daily actions to wholesale procedural measures.
Generation Next (sheep and beef)
This programme nurtures, assists, and encourages the current and future farmers within the sheep and beef sector. For those aspiring to lead, manage, or own a farm in the future, this programme develops farming and business capability, instils great management practices, and builds confidence in moving into leadership positions.
Three workshops across a 6-month period deliver theoretical and practical content, facilitating the integration of course content into existing workplace practices.
Improving team work
FarmTune was developed by DairyNZ. It supports farm teams to improve productivity and team engagement. Teams start by learning how to identify and remove waste from their workplace processes, improve problem-solving and set up systems that result in more efficient and effective systems.
The programme increases team engagement and fosters a culture of continuous improvement, leading to a better workplace environment.
About Life specialises in developing and delivering learning experiences that become incubators for reflection, imagination, and commitment to improvement in the life of your business.
It's about working within the dynamic natural laws at play in your organisational ecosystem, and aligning your business with these laws to maximise growth and productivity.
Agri-Women’s Development Trust programmes
An impact leadership accelerator programme – empowering purpose-driven women with the mindsets, skills, and connections to create systemic change in the primary sector and rural communities.
Places are awarded to women who can demonstrate a commitment to impact leadership in any primary sector, rural community, or iwi.
It's All About You
A 2-day personal development programme for women re-entering the workforce, and for those needing a change of direction or a boost of self-confidence.
This is a chance for participants to break away from everyday routines, reconnect with themselves and explore new possibilities for positive change in their lives.
A 6-month leadership and governance development programme, empowering participants to make positive impact in New Zealand’s primary sector or rural communities.
It is designed for change-makers and aspiring leaders across the sector, from farmers and growers to women in support and service industries, community-builders, and executives.
Mental health, wellbeing, and injury prevention
Farmstrong's philosophy is "Live well to farm well" – when you look after yourself, you're looking after your farm too.
Founded by the Mental Health Foundation and FMG, Farmstrong is a social good initiative that helps farmers develop small, positive habits in their daily lives to increase their wellbeing and get them through the ups and downs of farming. It shares farmer-to-farmer tips and provides resources and practical tools based on the latest wellbeing science.
Learn to identify, discuss, reduce, and manage stress and mental health in yourself and in those around you. GoodYarn farmer wellness workshops help participants recognise and respond appropriately to friends, family, farming colleagues, or customers suffering from stress or mental illness.
The workshops help break down the barriers to communication about mental health in a friendly and familiar environment. They are designed for groups of 10 to 20 people and are run on an on-demand basis.
KYND (Know Your Numbers Dashboard)
KYND is about getting everyone to be more aware of their health and wellbeing by knowing their numbers. Developed with and tested in the forestry sector, KYND Wellness looks after the health of the whole industry.
Clinicians run initial on-site medical tests, measuring things such as blood pressure, fatigue, anxiety and stress levels, which are entered in the KYND app. They take participants through the app, explaining what the health indicator numbers are, what those values mean, and what to do if they change. Continued monitoring is constructed by a series of questions, providing users with scores for their physical, mental, and social health.
KYND is a completely confidential app - employers and industry bodies can receive reports, with general, anonymised data about their employees in the form of graphs and conclusions, while individual’s personal health data is visible only to themselves.
Injury prevention in wool growing and harvesting industry
Most workplace injuries are preventable. Meaning "one, together", Tahi Ngātahi aims to reduce workplace injuries by increasing understanding of each individual's role in creating a safe and healthy work environment.
Tahi Ngātahi has developed an interactive multimedia training programme for employers and employees in the wool growing and harvesting industry. Farmers, shearers and their staff can access training videos and other resources to update and improve their approach to safety in and around the woolshed.
Completing the self-directed training programme allows farmers to complete their WorkSafe-endorsed Woolshed Warrant of Fitness, while shearers receive a certificate of completion. Knowing who is certified leads to higher safety standards in and around the woolshed.