Both Levels 3 and 4 students are now delving into the theory of training systems and pruning, ahead of their winter of block development and canopy maintenance. In class they will be looking at new and adopted training systems in Hawkes Bay, and current best practice on their development and ongoing maintenance. The Level 4 students are asked to move towards supervising a crew, so please do your best to give them this experience.
The Level 3 students have two botany classes, and there is the option of a catch-up class during tutorial time to make sure this part of the assessment is completed in a timely fashion. Level 4 students completed Complying with Market Needs course now, and that assessment work should be finalised in the next few weeks. Manager attestations cover their students performance over harvest, as well as their understanding of market requirements, focusing on maturity.
Level 5 are discussing what type of leader makes a good role model for employee engagement and motivation. This class is very involved and the students are confronting some challenging issues in the industry. We are impressed with the high level of discussion.
Steven and Clare will be out and about visiting students making sure trainers are aware of what work is due, and what needs to be focused on, but feel free to contact us directly with any questions.
We look forward to seeing our graduates at the HBFA awards night as well as cheering on current and past students in the Young Fruitgrower of the Year.