Research & Insights Forum 2024 is a two day event showcasing the latest thinking in innovative vocational education for Aotearoa New Zealand’s food and fibre sector, with presentations and interactive workshops, and plenty of opportunities to leverage our collective voice.
*Note*: Forum 2024 is a two-day event. One-day tickets are not available.
This two-day event will share knowledge, research and insights on food and fibre vocational education in Aotearoa New Zealand and provide an opportunity for you to participate in workshops and discussions.
Our Portfolio Managers will facilitate the sessions and together with the presenters answer any questions you have about the projects.
11:30am – Registration, Welcome and Lunch
Vocational education and training meet the labour market: better understand relationships between providers, industry and communities; look at different operating and engagement models; and understand the power of the education sector and employers working together.
Insights and learnings from several projects including: Ngawha Business and Innovation Park Case Study; Hawke’s Bay RSLG Project and Waikato RSLG Futures Academy Project will be shared with the opportunity to provide ideas and input to the development of guidelines for future hubs.
Workshop Facilitators: Taryn Eparaima and Josh Williams, Skills Group
A mix of workshops and presentations – three on Tuesday, and the final one Wednesday morning – this session shares a variety of projects covering: influence future generations of food and fibre workers; shift the dial when it comes to how and when to learn and upskill; and the importance of leadership in the food and fibre sector:
Explore the incredible work supporting young New Zealanders transitioning from secondary school, to reach their fulfilled career potential. Going beyond the attraction and retention of young people it will take a broad and future-focused lens of the secondary-tertiary-employment interface and evaluate:
Presenters: Josh Williams and Arthur Graves, Skills Group
This project evaluated the opportunity to better integrate non-formal, informal and formal learning systems; identified five potential concepts for integration or better recognition of skills gained through non-formal and informal learning and assessed them against a set of criteria. The research will help to shape the planning and implementation of a new project: 21st Century Delivery and Assessment (Session 3).
Presenters: Adam Barker and Julie Moularde, Scarlatti
An update on work done to date and an opportunity to participate in a workshop to help build this concept, with a focus on thinking about the considerations around core content and specialisms required, and how best to streamline qualifications, while meaningfully upskilling the workforce.
Facilitator: Kathryn Koopmanschap, Boost Business Services
5-7pm – Networking (same venue)
Building on the momentum of the work done to date (shared at Forum 2023) Lisa Rogers will provide an update on how what we have learned and how this has shaped the next stage of the project.
Presenter: Lisa Rogers, Rural Leaders
Looking to the future we need to truly understand what food and fibre VET looks like, and what tools we need to develop or evolve. The session will be a blend of presentations, short sharp snapshots and interactive participation giving you an opportunity to contribute to the future of vocational excellence for the food and fibre sector.
Your chance to participate in a workshop to inform what happens with the interactive and self-assessment version of the Vocational Excellence Framework being developed for the food and fibre sector.
Presenter: Mel Escott, Scarlatti
Muka Tangata WDC will provide a brief overview of the platform, and how it is being used and updated in real time.
Presenters: Justine Stephens and Nichola Shackleton, Muka Tangata WDC
As a follow-up to Forum 2023, Paul Hollings, GM Food and Fibre CoVE will share what has happened since and where to from here.
Tapping into their network to begin to understand what’s motivating the next generation to make a difference, FFYN will share insights into the driving forces behind youth getting into the industry, their career aspirations, growth opportunities and the importance of transferrable skills.
Join us for an insightful presentation to understand how we can continue to attract and retain youth within the sector and shape the future of this thriving industry.
Presenters: Ben Purua and Alex Reid, FFYN Council
Muka Tangata and Te Pūkenga have identified the need for provider programmes with delivery models and flexible assessment methods relevant for the 21st Century.
The project will deep dive into delivery and assessment in all its forms, the reasons for change, the implications for learners and the real or perceived barrier(s) to qualification completion, engaging with industry and learners to better understand the challenges and opportunities.
Facilitators: Lester Hoare, Muka Tangata, Andrea Leslie, Primary ITO I Te Pukēnga and Paulette Elliott, KPMG
Sharing the early stages of a research project to understand how current virtual reality, artificial intelligence and gamification technologies are used in education and training, and how best to deploy them across the food and fibre sector.
Presenter: Taryn Eparaima, Skills Group and Lilla du Toit, Food and Fibre CoVE
2pm Forum closes
Our presenters and facilitators, together with our portfolio management team, bring extensive vocational education, research and industry experience.
Born and raised in Canterbury, Canty University Alum. Lisa has had a busy career for 30 years and the common thread throughout has been leadership. A background in Policy, Finance, event management and programme design and delivery, things have always been kept varied and interesting. Some roles have been supported by formal qualifications- others learnt on the job, she doesn’t see formal tertiary education as a prerequisite or a barrier. Lisa’a passion is seeing people develop towards their true potential – it might not be all at once -as long as they are moving in the right direction. Other than her role at Rural Leaders, she enjoys golf, skiing, catching up with friends, and being part of a busy family. Lisa is also (slowly) learning to fly helicopters as a passion project on the side.
Nichola Shakleton and Justine Stephen from the Skills Leadership and Advice Team.