As part of signing the Skills Pledge, Fonterra will work to establish our baseline and from there, refine priority areas for skill development. There’ll be a focus on on-the-job training, mentoring and coaching as well as offering more formal programmes.
We’ve got a great foundation to build on. We currently deliver DAIRYCRAFT in partnership with the Primary Industry Training Organisation, providing an 18-month programme for operators at our NZ manufacturing sites and distribution centres to develop relevant technical skills and gain a national qualification. Around 500 employees are enrolled. We also have a refreshed trades apprenticeship programme as well as highly-regarded commercial and technical graduate programmes.
Meanwhile three of our other development programmes were recently recognised at the 2019 NZ HR Awards.
As one of the country’s largest employers, and given our presence in provincial New Zealand, we have an important role to play in helping our communities prepare more fully for the future of work.
We’ll continue to step up our efforts in building the right capabilities, adopting the right tools and working together with other businesses and stakeholders with the aim of seeing Aotearoa New Zealand thrive at home and on the world stage.