|NEW ZEALAND'S EDUCATION
16 February 2012
New Zealand Equine ITO joins AgITO
The New Zealand Equine Industry Training Organisation (NZEqITO) has joined the Agriculture
Industry Training Organisation (AgITO).
Continuing pressure on funding means it is more cost effective for NZEqITO to operate in
AgITO?s framework. AgITO?s industry coverage has been extended to include the equine
industry, including the thoroughbred, harness and greyhound racing industries. Equine
Industry Training will operate as a business unit within AgITO.
?AgITO and NZEqITO already have a shared history of working together through the primary
sector group of ITOs,? Kevin Bryant, AgITO Chief Executive says. ?There will be no
interruption of service to trainees or employers in the equine industry, and we anticipate
that given AgITO?s larger size and access to resources, service provided will improve.?
Benefits to the equine industry include retaining the ability to deliver national qualifications
to trainees, access to AgITO?s considerable expertise in resource development, policies and
procedures, as well as support services not currently available to NZEqITO like information
technology, qualification recording systems, finance, marketing and communications,
qualification development and printing services.
?The integration of the NZEqITO within the AgITO is a great outcome which will provide a
strong base for the extension of industry training throughout the NZ equine industry?,
NZEqITO Chairman Greg Purcell says.
The number of staff employed is also set to increase, with AgITO looking to recruit up to
three part time training advisers with knowledge and experience in the equine industry,
improving the service delivered to trainees and their employers in the industry.
Off job training will continue to be delivered by training provider New Zealand Equine
Education Trust (NZEET) and NZEqITO qualifications offered through other accredited
providers and through Gateway programmes in secondary schools will continue to be
?AgITO is committed to supporting growth in the skills and knowledge of those in the equine
industry,? Mr Bryant says. ?We will continue to work proactively with and consult
stakeholders in the equine industry.?