Non-formal and Informal Learning in the Food and Fibre Sector

Originator/Sponsor: Muka Tangata

Portfolio Managers: Lilla du Toit

Status: Completed August 2023

Lead Agency/Service Provider: Scarlatti Limited

Collaborating partners: Muka Tangata, Ministry of Primary Industries, Te Pūkenga, Primary ITO, NZ Qualifications Authority, Agri-Women’s Development Trust, Dairy NZ


The purpose of the non-formal and informal learning project was to evaluate the opportunity to better integrate the non-formal, informal and formal learning systems and to identify potential solutions either for integration, or to better recognise skills gained through non-formal and in formal learning. A desk research phase was completed in early May 2023, the findings of which have informed the development of the market research phase. The initial intention was to develop one concept for exploration through the market research phase. However, on reviewing the desk research findings and after discussion with the steering group, five concepts were found to warrant further consideration. There was a decision made to focus on employee and employer demand for the concepts; four of the concepts were brought forward into the market research phase.

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The above information was current as at 28 August 2023