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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Become familiar with all aspects of the Apples and Pears industry. Develop an idea of what is involved in growing and distributing apples and how you can contribute. Explore roles and responsibilities and how your transferable skills might fit.

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

Being healthy and safe is really important in the horticulture industry. In this course, you can become familiar with your health and safety rights and responsibilities. You can also become familiar with some of the hazards and risks commonly found in horticulture and how to manage them.

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 Badge
  • Learning pathway: Packhouse / Orchard

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New Zealand's reputation depends on producing and selling fruit that customers can trust. In this course, you will become familiar with food safety practices and principles within the horticulture industry. You'll learn how to ensure our fruit is safe to eat.

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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The orchard is an exciting and rewarding place to work. In this course, you will become familiar with how apple orchards are managed. You will explore how trees, money, resources and people are all an essential part of growing delicious fruit.

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

New Zealand's horticulture industry values innovation and in this course, you will explore what this looks like. You will become familiar with some of the challenges facing apple orchards and how these challenges are being met.

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.

In this course, you will:

  • Gain an understanding of postharvest operations.
  • Gain an understanding of postharvest technologies.
  • Gain an understanding of the roles and skills needed in the packhouse.

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Recognition: Postharvest Badge
  • Learning pathway: Packhouse

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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 trees 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.

In this course, you will:

  • Gain an understanding of plant protection in New Zealand.
  • Gain an understanding of biosecurity and pest management in New Zealand.
  • Consider the importance of protecting our borders from foreign pests and diseases.

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Recognition: Plant Protection Badge
  • Learning pathway: Fruit to the World / Our Land Our People / Orchard

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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.

In this course, you will:

  • Gain an understanding of kaitiakitanga values, principles, and methods.
  • Gain an understanding of kaitiakitanga and people.

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Recognition: Kaitiakitanga Badge
  • Learning pathway: Fruit to the world / Our Land Our People

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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.

In this course, you will:

  • Gain an understanding of fruit supply chain logistics.
  • Gain an understanding of consumer behaviour.
  • Gain an understanding of tariff and non-tariff trade barriers.

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

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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.

In this course, you will:

  • Gain an understanding of effective people management strategies.
  • Gain an understanding of the impacts of effective people management.

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Recognition: People Management Badge
  • Learning pathway: Our Land Our People / Orchard