Fruition Diploma in Horticulture Production

The programme leads to the, NZ Diploma in Horticulture Production Process Improvement (Level 6).

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Fruition Diploma in Horticulture

  • NZQF Qualification Level: 6
  • NZQA Credits: 120
  • Location: Online or Classroom
  • Classes: Every Wednesday 4-9pm
  • Duration: 72 Weeks (over 2 years)
  • Funding: Free Trades Training (TTAF)

This programme develops the skills and knowledge of those employed or seeking employment within horticulture enabling them to contribute at an advanced technical or managerial level. This programme focuses on the specialist requirements for ‘horticultural production and process improvement’ for the purpose of meeting domestic and international market requirements and emerging opportunities for horticultural products.

Programme GPOs

Learners who successfully complete the programmes following Graduate Profile Outcomes (GPOs) will be awarded the New Zealand Diploma in Horticulture Production (Level 6) [Ref: 2667] with a strand in Process Improvement. Graduates will be able to:

  • Critically analyse data to determine production and performance trends
  • Critically analyse products or technologies that contribute to business outcomes
  • Research, design, and manage ongoing strategies for continuous improvement of horticulture production or technologies 

Selection (Entry) Criteria

  • No formal prerequisites.
  • Desirable that the participant have successful completed a Level 4 certificate or above (or equivalent), preferably in the Primary Industries subject area.
  • Students must demonstrate significant workplace experience (e.g. a supervisory and/or management role or equivalent) or demonstrate a commitment from an organisation that can support learner within the horticulture industry.
  • For applicants 20 years or older without any of the above academic criteria, evidence of relevant knowledge and experience, and the ability to undertake tertiary study at diploma level is required.

In all cases the applicant will be required to participate in an online pre-commencement interview with the purpose of verifying the students overall ability of undertake tertiary study. In exceptional circumstances an applicant who does not meet the academic entry requirements may be granted entry to the Fruition Diploma where they supply evidence to satisfy the Academic Committee of their ability to succeed on the programme.

Field Trip

  • Location - TAURANGA
  • 3 days and 2 nights
  • Scheduled for October 2022
  • All costs included in tuition.

Learners are required to participate in a 3 day fieldtrip/workshop series where learners are introduced to the range of horticultural production systems in New Zealand. Workshops include presentations from leading growers/processors in New Zealand speaking on the current and future issues and opportunities, and industry norms for data analysis and reporting.

Graduates of this programme will be able to apply in-depth horticulture production knowledge and skills to inform strategic business decisions.  Learners will develop advanced technical skills to enable enhanced employment opportunities across a range of horticulture production operations.  The horticulture industry will benefit by having experienced technical specialists who can optimise workplace efficiency and lift the competitive edge of organisations servicing the domestic and international markets.

Applicants seeking funding for this programme must secure confirmation that they are eligible for Fees Free or the Targeted Training Apprenticeship Fund before submitting an enrolment form. All NZ Citizens and Resident Visa Holders* are eligible for government tuition subsidies are eligible to access TTAF. If you are unsure of eligibility please check your residency status and/or seek further clarity by contacting Immigration New Zealand on 0508 558 855 before enrolling to the programme.

 

  • Production Enhancement
  • Performance Management
  • Technology Trends
  • Product Innovations
  • Production Systems
  • Continuous Improvement

The aim of this course is to develop students’ knowledge and skills in critical data analysis to understand historical production enhancements and forecast trends within horticulture at an industry and enterprise level.

Topics include:

• Analysis of key industries in New Zealand horticulture including timeline, performance analysis and strategic factors instrumental in their relative success.
• Using analysis to identify opportunities for performance improvement of industries and enterprises.
• Understanding and managing environmental aspects of horticultural enterprises.
• Methods and tools for analysis of spotlighted industries and enterprises including use of quantitative and qualitative data.
• Principles and tools for industry forecasting.

This course will include a compulsory 3-day fieldtrip and workshop programme covering a range of horticultural operations and presentations from leading growers, industry and processor representatives. Assessment will be via a key project and presentation, which may relate to the learners’ workplace, field trip reports and a workplace journal.

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This course will develop students’ knowledge and skills enabling them to problem-solve performance issues and analyse products or technologies to improve performance within horticulture industries or enterprises.

Topics include:

• Performance-focussed leadership and culture.
• Strategic planning and responses.
• Applying tools and innovative technologies to problem-solving.
• Team approaches to implementing solutions.

Assessment will be via a report and presentation for a key project and minor project, which may relate to the learners’ workplace, and a workplace journal..

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This course will develop students’ ability to critically analyse products or technologies and successfully introduce them into a horticultural workplace.

Topics include:

• Technology trends in key horticultural industries or enterprises.
• Strategic response to technology trends.
• Business case development for recommending new technology including economic analysis and risk.
• Models and planning for successful technology adoption.

Assessment will be via a report and presentation for a key project and minor project, which may relate to the learners’ workplace, and a workplace journal.

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This course will develop students’ knowledge and skills to design and implement research leading to product innovation in horticulture.

Topics include:

• Principles and processes for market-led and supply-driven product innovations.
• Case studies for effective and unsuccessful product innovations in horticulture Industries and enterprises.
• Development and funding of product innovations.
• Effective research design to support product innovation within an industry or enterprise.

Assessment will be via a report and presentation for a key project and minor project, which may relate to the learners’ workplace, and a workplace journal.

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This course will develop students’ knowledge and skills to analysis and understand horticultural production systems from ‘paddock’ to plate and the impact of systems on product quality and wider social and environmental issues and assurances.

Topics include:

• Production systems and post-harvest performance in horticultural industries and enterprises
• Analysis of inputs and outputs and key systems for assurance of quality, environmental and social impacts from ‘paddock’ to plate.
• Processes for product improvement including designing, funding and conducting research.

Assessment will be via a report and presentation for a key project and minor project, which may relate to the learners’ workplace, and a workplace journal.

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This course will develop students’ knowledge and skills to implement processes for continuous improvement within horticultural industries or enterprises.

Topics include:

• Systems for quality management and continuous improvement, such as ‘Lean Manufacturing’, within horticultural industries and businesses.
• Market-and legislative drivers for continuous improvement within horticultural systems.
• Environmental, social and community sustainability within horticulture systems, industries and enterprises.
• Implementation of continuous improvement within horticulture systems, industries and enterprises.

This course will include a compulsory 3-day fieldtrip and workshop programme covering assurance systems and continuous improvement at a range of horticultural operations and presentations from leading growers, industry and/or processor representatives. Assessment will be via a key project report and presentation, which may relate to the learners’ workplace, field trip reports and a workplace journal.

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