New Zealand Seafood Industry Training Organisation

Historically, training within trades or industry has either been in an apprentice/tradesman type approach or an uncoordinated approach where a qualification might not be recognised in another part of the country or even with another employer located nearby. New Zealand has taken a very coordinated approach to industry training, with over 40 industry training organisations.

SITO is the Industry Training Organisation (ITO) for New Zealand’s seafood industry. Each year they are allocated funds by New Zealand’s Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) to encourage businesses in the seafood sector to provide training for their employees. SITO provides a link between the Tertiary Education Commission and the seafood industry; and ensure funding provided by the Government for industry training in the seafood industry is used effectively.

SITO is developing NZ Aquaculture Best Practice Guideline and a NZ training structure, including developing and reviewing Aquaculture Learning Resources during 2005. They have written a number of unit standards (of assessment) which are registered on the NZ Qualifications Authority (NZQA) web site. These unit standards build into national certificates and qualifications, the content of which can be found on the NZQA web site – search keyword: aquaculture.

SITO have developed a couple of learning resources – one on the biology of a fin fish – Chinook Salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha), and another entitled: Outline How NZ Greenshell™ Mussel (kutai, kuku) Spat Are Obtained And Used.

The unit standards and assessment guidelines can be found on the SITO web site. Please don’t consider this entry to be 100% current – it is as written – but it is a changing world, and SITO will be keeping up to date.

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