Tipu website launched

UP AND RUNNING :A horticulture labour planning website to provide a hub for growers, contractors or post-harvest facilities wanting to find staff, and local jobseekers looking for opportunities and support has been launched. Picture by Strike Photography


A WEBSITE to address labour shortages in the horticulture industry in the Tairawhiti region is open for registrations.

Officially launched in 2017, Tipu aims to bring together East Coast horticulture businesses to contribute to the development of a skilled and sustainable labour force, and maximise local opportunities. Late last year, Tipu got funding from The Eastland Community Trust for a labour planning website to provide a hub for growers, contractors or post-harvest facilities wanting to find staff, and local jobseekers looking for opportunities and support.

As a result, the Tipu website was launched in August, providing information on production cycles; local employers and job opportunities as well as links to social service and training providers. For employers and jobseekers that register, further resources and content, including templates for contracts, induction programmes and standard operating procedures will be available over the next few months.

In addition, Steve Phelps has joined the Tipu team and has been busy surveying local growers and horticulture businesses over the past few weeks. The survey is intended to provide a clear picture on future growth of the industry, labour and training requirements and identify employer challenges. Of the businesses surveyed to date, there are plans for new developments in apples and kiwifruit over the next two years which will could generate an estimated 130 permanent and seasonal jobs.

“We’re encouraged by participation so far and we’re really excited by the potential for this to have a positive impact on attracting new people to the industry”, says Tipu chairman Tim Egan.

From the feedback, another Tipu event for employers is also being planned focused on recruitment and retention. All local horticulture growers, contractors, post-harvest facilities and jobseekers are encouraged to register on the new website at http://www.tipu.org.nz/register or for more information contact Mr Phelps.

A WEBSITE to address labour shortages in the horticulture industry in the Tairawhiti region is open for registrations.

Officially launched in 2017, Tipu aims to bring together East Coast horticulture businesses to contribute to the development of a skilled and sustainable labour force, and maximise local opportunities. Late last year, Tipu got funding from The Eastland Community Trust for a labour planning website to provide a hub for growers, contractors or post-harvest facilities wanting to find staff, and local jobseekers looking for opportunities and support.

As a result, the Tipu website was launched in August, providing information on production cycles; local employers and job opportunities as well as links to social service and training providers. For employers and jobseekers that register, further resources and content, including templates for contracts, induction programmes and standard operating procedures will be available over the next few months.

In addition, Steve Phelps has joined the Tipu team and has been busy surveying local growers and horticulture businesses over the past few weeks. The survey is intended to provide a clear picture on future growth of the industry, labour and training requirements and identify employer challenges. Of the businesses surveyed to date, there are plans for new developments in apples and kiwifruit over the next two years which will could generate an estimated 130 permanent and seasonal jobs.

“We’re encouraged by participation so far and we’re really excited by the potential for this to have a positive impact on attracting new people to the industry”, says Tipu chairman Tim Egan.

From the feedback, another Tipu event for employers is also being planned focused on recruitment and retention. All local horticulture growers, contractors, post-harvest facilities and jobseekers are encouraged to register on the new website at http://www.tipu.org.nz/register or for more information contact Mr Phelps.

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