Courses

By completing these taster courses, you will learn about the apple industry, from orchard to fruit bowl. You will be awarded a digital badge, which will enable future employers to have confidence that you are ready for a job in their company.

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In this course, you will:

  • Gain an understanding of New Zealand’s vision and values for horticulture.
  • Gain an understanding of how New Zealand’s apples and pears are produced to a high standard.
  • Consider the roles within the apples and pears industry and how your skills might apply to those roles.

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Recognition: Orchard to Fruit Bowl Badge
  • Learning pathway: All

Health and Safety


In this course, you will:

  • Gain an understanding of the importance of health and safety in the apples and pears industry
  • Gain an understanding of orchard or post-harvest operation hazards
  • Identify hazards and controls used in an orchard or post-harvest operation

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Recognition: Health and Safety
  • Learning pathway: Packhouse / Orchard

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In this course, you will:

  • Gain an understanding of the fundamentals of food safety and why it is necessary.
  • Identify and describe risks to food safety.
  • Identify and describe food safety management practices.

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Recognition: Food Safety Badge
  • Learning pathway: Packhouse

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In this course, you will:

  • Gain an understanding of how apples are grown
  • Gain an understanding of how to manage resources on an apple orchard
  • Gain an understanding of the importance of leadership on an apple orchard

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Recognition: On Orchard Badge
  • Learning pathway: Orchard

Orchard Innovations


In this course, you will:

  • Explore challenges and opportunities that exist in the apples and pears industry and what is being done to address them
  • Explore skills and frameworks that can be used for problem solving in an uncertain environment
  • Explore how you can get involved in helping us grow healthy food and feed the planet

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Recognition: Orchard Innovations Badge
  • Learning pathway: Orchard / Fruit to the World

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The future is here! In this course you will explore the innovations that are happening in the packhouse. Robotic arms, autonomous sorting machines and many more solutions are helping to get great apples to the consumer quickly. If you are interested in finding out about, and eventually working in this exciting area of horticulture, then this course is for you.

Learning pathway: Packhouse

Availability: April

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We all have a responsibility to protect our horticulture industry from invasive pest and diseases and in this course, you will find out how this is done. Whether you are interested in working on an orchard or a packhouse, knowing how to protect tress and apples from pest and diseases is essential. In this course you will become familiar with plant protection and the systems and tools we use to do this.

Learning pathway: Fruit to the world / Our Land our people / Orchard

Availability: April

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We are guardians of the land and it is our responsibility to ensure we are looking after the land for generations to come. In this course you will discover how Kaitiakitanga is a central part of New Zealand’s horticulture story. You will explore how we are looking after the land and you’ll consider what contributions you can make to this important work.

Learning pathway: Fruit to the world / Our Land our people

Availability: April

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The world loves New Zealand apples but it is a challenge getting it to them and ensuring it meets their expectations. In this course you will explore how we distribute apples to the world and ensure the customer is getting what they want. Taste, quality, and timeliness are all essential considerations and logistics, marketing and research all have a part to play in this.

Learning pathway: Fruit to the world / Packhouse

Availability: April

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New Zealand’s success at growing world class fruit is the result of great people, collaborating towards a common goal. Managing or leading large teams of people is an essential skill for any orchard or packhouse manager. In this course you will gain an understanding of how to effectively lead people while keeping them safe and feeling valued.

Learning pathway: Our Land our people / Orchard

Availability: April