Impacts of a non-formal pilot training programme for women in the New Zealand (NZ) dairy industry

Botha, Neels and Greyling, Willfred (2016) Impacts of a non-formal pilot training programme for women in the New Zealand (NZ) dairy industry. SCUTREA Standing Conference on University Teaching and Research in the Education of Adults, University of Leicester, UK, 5-7 July 2016.

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Pathways is a non-formal pilot training programme for New Zealand (NZ) Women-in-Dairy which aims to build participants’ capacity to enact change and bolster their effectiveness in both their on-farm businesses and local communities. Research has identified the challenges of Women-in-Dairy, specifically highlighting leadership development needs and aspirations for leadership at community and/or board levels. These findings prompted the development of Pathways, which involved two by two-day training modules, placed six months apart and interspersed with three by one-on-one coaching sessions. Learning outcomes were directed at how to lead change in and off-farm; pursue effective acts of influencing and communicating in context; develop a sense of self as leaders; devise goal-based action plans; and secure support for implementing them. These outcomes are important for NZ’s dairy industry: to stay abreast of change depends on the effectiveness of all members of its workforce. The dairy industry contributes significantly to NZ’s economy. Dairy-based baby formula, for example, accounts for more than twenty-five percent of the country’s total export earnings (Blackwell et al., 2010). Pathways, launched in 2015, was tracked by the lead author who evaluated the impact of the training on participants.

Item Type:Item presented at a conference, workshop or other event, and published in the proceedings
Keywords that describe the item:Women-in-dairy, New Zealand, Bandura, self-efficacy, personal agency
Subjects:L Education > LC Special aspects of education
Divisions:Schools > Centre for Foundation Studies
ID Code:4426
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Deposited On:21 Jul 2016 20:15
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