Growth in the horticulture sector will not be constrained by capital investment, or by available land; it will be constrained by lack of knowledgeable and job-ready human capability.
Start Afresh offers applied education and training opportunities either in partnership with training institutions, or privately on a fee-payable basis.
Since its establishment in 2015, Start Afresh has conducted several half-day and 1-2 day training courses, with support from a range of education institutions (particularly Massey University).
The courses span an array of topics on fruit physiology, ripening characteristics, refrigeration systems and dynamics etc.
The courses have gained immense popularity across the horticultural sector industry, with specific modules focussed on kiwifruit, apples and berryfruit.
The modules have also become a part of Level 5 qualifications with the Eastern Institute of Technology and Toi Ohomai where students can gain credits while attending these courses.
As of December 2020, over 800 participants have been a part of these training modules.