New apprenticeships are set to rapidly grow people's capabilities when it comes to the dairy industry.
The Federated Farmers Apprenticeship Dairy, which is a joint venture with Primary ITO, is being launched on Monday in an effort to provide employers in the sector with motivated and capable staff.
The target for the pilot is to have about 200 Federated Farmers apprentices on farms across the country in the coming months.
This comes as the Ministry for Primary Industries estimates an extra 50,000 qualified workers will be needed in the primary sector in the next eight years.
"Through the apprenticeship we want to recruit bright and motivated New Zealanders onto our dairy farms and show everyone what a great career choice dairy farming is," Primary ITO chief executive Dr Linda Sissons said.
"Our apprentices will have the opportunity to work and learn in an exciting and innovative environment, with an increasing focus on technology, as well as to be a part of their local farming community."
Federated Farmers will ensure dairy farm employers are equipped to offer a quality work environment, while actively supporting the on-job training and development of apprentices.