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Participants from the OLA Induction and Preparation Training Program cleaning and packing sweet corn at the HACCP acredited NISHI Trading packhouse in Tonga. The OLA Induction and preparation program includes a practical field project component where participants have the opportunity to gain on-job-training in the horticulture sector whilst still in Tonga.


The Ministry of Internal Affairs is committed to further developing the skills of our seasonal workforce to better meet the current needs of the horticulture and other industries in New Zealand while also lifting worker’s employability, productivity and incomes.

PRE-DEPARTURE TRAINING for our workers departing to New Zealand under the RSE programme is mandatory and is conducted in the Ministry of Internal Affairs main office in Nuku’alofa.

OLA ‘O E FONUA (RESULTS FROM THE LAND) TRAINING, including the Induction and Preparation Program and the Leadership Training Program, was piloted in 2015, and will become an ongoing part of the Ministry of Internal Affair’s training for new and returned seasonal workers from 2016 onwards. These OLA Training programs aim to provide practical training for new and experienced RSE workers and have been designed to meet the identified skill needs of RSE workplaces in New Zealand, with training on generic living, learning and employment skills and leadership skills organised around training themes and modules with a horticulture focus. Language, literacy and numeracy training and on-the-job training are some important aspects of
OLA training.

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