Kia ora koutou,
Its been great to be out visiting so many managers and students over the past two weeks. We appreciate your time, and acknowledge the many supportive workplace environments helping upskill our workforce. Time is the biggest factor to completing our courses – we have pushed the students pretty hard to complete assessments earlier in the year so they do not start snowballing into something monstrous come November, when they are even more busy. If you have any suggestions on how we can improve our system and get more work in earlier we would love to hear them.
We hope to have the majority of our Level 4 students complete this year, and will have a healthy cohort from Level 3 going into that course for 2024. We are taking enrolments for all courses from late November, and would appreciate getting everyone’s names down by mid December. So please talk to your staff and if you want further information do not hesitate to contact us.
Level 3 students should now have completed the irrigation workbook. It encourages the student to understand what their irrigation in the workplace looks like and assesses how well they understand how to maintain different parts in the system. They also have a thinning workbook which asks the students to describe a chemical or hand thinning task and consult with their manager on the standards they achieve. This is due on the 1st of December.
Level 4 has nearly finished all classes for the year. Steven will be visiting the students to help motivate them to finalise all assessments by the 12th of December and more importantly to complete the apprenticeship and graduate on the 1st February 2024!
Please remind students to apply for the HBFA scholarships before Nov 30th via the link we have texted, or through the website https://hbfa.co.nz/level-3-4-scholarship-application/ . This is paid direct to the student.
Noho ora mai,