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Scholarships aim to build skilled workforce

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MIA chief executive Sirma Karapeeva says the meat industry scholarships provide a pathway into what is NZ’s largest manufacturing industry.
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Primary industry scholarships continue to offer young people pathways to future careers in the sector.

Applications are now open for four Meat Industry Association (MIA) undergraduate scholarships, providing $5000 a year for each year of study and one post-graduate award of $10,000 a year for each year of study, up to a maximum of three years for both. The association also runs a mentoring programme connecting the scholars with industry leaders.

MIA chief executive Sirma Karapeeva says the programme is aimed at scholars from across a wide range of study areas, who are looking to contribute their skills to New Zealand’s largest manufacturing industry.

“Our scholarships provide a great pathway into a productive, innovative and progressive sector. Attracting skilled people and supporting their development is essential to the success of the industry. That in turn is critical to the prosperity and wealth of the country,” Karapeeva said.

“The industry is New Zealand’s second-largest goods exporter and its importance to the economy has been underlined by its resilience and continued strong performance during the global pandemic.”

Current MIA scholars range from undergraduates in their first year of study, through to those undertaking Masters or PhD programmes. They include students of agribusiness, commerce, marketing, food sciences, veterinary science, engineering law, design technology and musculoskeletal health.

Scholars may also have the opportunity of part-time or vacation work in the meat industry.

Scholarship applications must be submitted by December 8. For further details and to download an application form, see the ‘Join the Industry’ section at

Meanwhile, seven young people are joining the Ngā Karahipi Uru Rākau – Forestry Scholarship programme.

Te Uru Rākau – New Zealand Forest Service director of business and spatial intelligence Debbie Ward says the scholarship programme offers students a pathway to higher-level study, where they gain the skills, expertise and capabilities, which the forestry and wood-processing sector needs now and into the future.

The successful scholarship recipients for the 2022 academic year are: Paula Tucker Camano from Hamilton; Phoebe Naske, Gisborne; Stephen Thompson, Rotorua; Emma Plomp, Invercargill; Joe Falloon, Masterton; Tyler Rowe, Wellington; and Whanarua Edmonds, Pukehina.

The scholarship programme, now in its fourth year, aims to develop the capability of the forestry and wood-processing workforce and to increase the number of those that identify as female or of Māori descent, encouraging greater diversity in the industry.

To date, 23 students throughout NZ have received scholarships since 2018, with the first students expected to complete their qualifications at the end of next year.

In addition to the existing Bachelor of Forestry Science and Bachelor of Forest Engineering degrees offered through the University of Canterbury, Te Uru Rākau – NZ Forest Service is also funding three new scholarships this year for the Diploma in Forest Management at Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology in the Bay of Plenty starting 2022.

“We are proud to be partnering with Toi Ohomai to offer these new scholarships, which offer another pathway to a career and opportunities in forestry,” Ward said.

“The diploma course covers a range of topics to prepare students for roles, including business planning, forest health and management, supply chain and harvesting and operations management.”

Applications for the Diploma in Forest Management scholarship to study at Toi Ohomai close on November 17.

More information about the scholarships can be found here.

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