Often businesses have the inclination and the ability to contribute in the classroom but it is difficult for them to know where to start. The ME Programme provides the framework for businesses and secondary schools to form enduring relationships and establishes clear guidelines about what each party will contribute.
Businesses contribute industry expertise and up-to-date examples, content and resources that support students learning in mainstream classes. Schools provide the learning expertise and collaborate with businesses, providing direction about the types of information required to build students’ knowledge, critical thinking, collaboration and creativity skills.
Over time a network of schools, businesses and resources can be established to provide students with real world insights into careers and the skills that will enable their transition into ongoing training and the workforce. The ME Programme is currently being piloted between the kiwifruit and avocado industries with Katikati College in the Bay of Plenty. The subjects the industries are involved in include English, Statistics, Biology and Environmental Studies at NCEA Level 2 and 3.
Keep up-to-date with the major milestones and small moments that have shaped the ME Programme since 2014.
Neil Harray, Principal of Katikati College called a meeting of industry and community leaders to discuss the idea of a horticulture academy and the response was enthusiastic. Priority One, through its InStep programme, introduced Neil to New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers Inc. and the Ministry of Education also became involved in the support group.
The support group linked five teachers from Katikati College to industry mentors from businesses such as Zespri, Plant & Food Research, Compac Sorting Equipment, KVH, and NZ Avocado for a Resources Project Team meeting. The vision of Katikati College and what the college would like to achieve was introduced and the industry’s perspective was also given. Teachers and mentors were paired and unpacked pre-selected achievement standards and begun developing industry contexts that aligned with the standards.
The Resource Project Team met and linked six teachers from Katikati College to industry mentors from Zespri, Plant & Food Research, Seeka, KVH, and NZ Avocado. Teachers and mentors were paired and unpacked pre-selected achievement standards and begun developing industry contexts that aligned with the standards.
Education and Industry representatives met to build a brand for the learning framework. Each member presented their vision of the framework from both their representative needs and also from the collective perspective. Common values, objectives, and deliverables were identified and prioritised.
The Resources Project Team were taken on an industry tour to gain a better understanding of the industry and see first-hand the opportunities that exist for students and for schools that partner with industry.
The workshop in October 2015 provided the basis for a brand and was followed by several meetings with creative directors that resulted in the ME Programme brand and logo funded by the NZ Fruitgrowers Charitable Trust.
A Business Case was written for the Me programme to support further progress and funding applications. The Business Case was sent to a range of stakeholders to gain their support. Letters of support were received from KVH, HortNZ, NZ Avocado, Ministry of Education, Todd Muller (MP for the Bay of Plenty), BOP Tertiary Intentions, Western Bay of Plenty Council, and Compac Sorting Equipment.
The ME Programme was informed that it was successful in receiving a grant from Bay Trust to enable the development of a detailed project plan.
The NZKGI Executive Committee reviewed and approved the ME Programme Pilot project plan and NZKGI staff involvement. The project plan was also viewed by the Horticulture Capability Group (PipfruitNZ, NZ Avocado, HorticultureNZ, and VegetablesNZ) who also gave their approval of the plan.
Eight achievement standards were selected by teachers to be taught through the Me Programme which were:
AS 91266 2.11 Evaluate a Statistical Report
AS 91264 2.9 Making an Inference
AS 91153 2.1 Carry out a practical investigation in a biology context
Education for Sustainability
AS 90811 2.2 Explain how human activity in a biophysical environment has consequences for a sustainable future
AS 90810 2.1 Undertake personal action, with reflection, that contributes to a sustainable future
AS 91733 2.4 Demonstrate understanding of initiatives that contribute to a sustainable future
AS 91101 2.4 Produce a selection of crafted and controlled writing
AS 91105 2.8 Use information literacy skills to form developed conclusions
A day meeting was held with the teachers involved in the Me Programme to consider progress to date and how the programme may support the delivery of future focussed standards. Di Cavallo the Deputy Principal of Hobsonville Point secondary school was invited and had one on one sessions with the teachers involved and was taken to an innovation hub, postharvest facility and orchard.
The ME Programme Steering Group met for the first time. The purpose of the group is to assist in the sound and robust management of the project. This will enable the Project Manager and Sponsors to achieve the objectives and goals of the project through the steering group providing advice, direction, and a review of key documents and risks.
Steering Group Members:
Andre Hickson (Chair) NZKGI
Terry Collett – Ministry of Education
Mary Black – Zespri International
Di Cavallo – Hobsonville Point Secondary School
Stephen Butler – Trevelyans Pack and Cool, Te Puke High School
Kate Longman – NZKGI
Te Puke High School Principal Alan Liddle met with ME Programme Champions from NZKGI, Ministry of Education, and Trevelyan’s to consider the programme’s fit with the school. The concept of a ME Programme student passport was raised and actions were agreed to towards implementation of the ME Programme at the school.
Mark Jenkins from PacficHort and Hans Dirkse from Seeka hosted Y12 Environmental Studies students to compare and contrast the different management techniques and philosophies between organic and conventionally grown kiwifruit. This will support the Katikati College students’ attainment of NCEA Level 2.2 AS90811.
Teachers and Board of Trustee members from Katikati College and Te Puke High School, along with representatives from NZKGI and InSTEP visited Hobsonville Point Secondary School in order to see first-hand how business and industry are intertwined into students learning at the school and consider how this can be replicated through the ME Programme.
The Primary ITO would like to acknowledge New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers Incorporated (NZKGI) for developing the concept and undertaking the first pilot of the ME Programme.
The ME Programme was developed as a way to attract young people to a career in the Horticulture Industry. The ME Programme aims to contextualise learning through incorporating kiwifruit industry case studies into achievement standards taught in NCEA Levels 1, 2 and 3.
The Bay of Plenty region was the initial focus area of the ME Programme due to development led by NZKGI and the kiwifruit industries growth in the region. The ME Programme was piloted at Katikati College in 2017 across three NCEA Level 2 and 3 subject areas including English, Statistics and Environmental Studies.
The ME Programme Pilot wouldn’t have been possible without the generous support of the following sponsors:
Following the successful completion of the Pilot programme, NZKGI accepted a proposal from Primary ITO to take over the programme and develop it further beyond the pilot in 2018.
The management of the ME Programme – which aims to bridge the gap between careers in horticulture and secondary school students – is moving from New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers Inc. (NZKGI) to Primary ITO this month.
NZKGI Chief Executive Officer, Nikki Johnson says, “Over the past three years NZKGI has worked with industry and education stakeholders to develop and pilot the ME Programme. It’s been a true collaboration of ideas and resources with the aim of providing young people with an insight into the horticulture industry and encourage them to pursue it as a career.”
We are pleased to now be handing over the ongoing management of the programme to Primary ITO. Their nationwide network provides access to horticulture sector employers and this will be key to growing the programme from the pilot.”
Below are a range of documents that provide more detail about the ME Programme and are available for all to view. If you would like more information please use the contact form below.
Thank you to our generous ME sponsors and supporters. If you or your organisation would like to be involved too please use the contact form below.
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