A Government announcement last month that will establish a workforce development council is a positive step for the dairy sector, says DairyNZ.
The council will aim to ensure people graduate with the right skills at the right time to address labour shortages.
“This is a positive step – we all need to work together to resolve long-term workforce issues to support our sector’s ongoing success,” said DairyNZ general manager Jenny Cameron.
“We have real concerns for the current situation where many dairy farmers are struggling to employ the staff they need on farms.”
DairyNZ wants the council to take on an industry promotion role to make sure people are aware of the dairy sector and the opportunities it affords.
“As a sector, we strive to offer competitive employment packages and value the importance of having a positive workplace culture,” Ms Cameron said.
“We want to attract more Kiwi workers to the dairy sector, where we offer great jobs and lifestyles. We also need our valued migrant workers.”