Funded by MfE, the $1.3m capability improvement project works with the sector to understand current capability across the wide range of resource management skills and competencies, to identify any region-specific gaps in capacity, and to address those gaps with targeted training.
This wide ranging project includes:
The below activities have been delivered (November 2023):
NZARM’s new Capability Assessment Tool - CAT - is a fast, independent, online assessment that provides those in the resource management sector with a personalised capability profile, opportunities for their career growth and pre-assessment for the Freshwater Farm Plan Certifier process. What you can gain:
NZARM CAT is supported by the Ministry for the Environment and is free for all applicants. Completing the CAT gives you a year’s membership to NZARM.
We are expanding training opportunities in freshwater management and other targeted competency areas. Based on NZARM CAT reports, we will be matching resource management professionals with mentors and training courses to share knowledge and experience to grow New Zealand’s capacity.
New training modules are content are being developed with iwi and key partners.
We are growing a directory of qualified professionals, so that farmers, growers and councils can find qualified freshwater management professionals and talent in their region.
For government and planners:
The programme will provide a detailed picture of current capability and any region-specific gaps, and to address those gaps. In the short term, this will particularly focus on regional capacity to deliver freshwater farm plans.
For individuals and resource management consultancies:
The Register allows identification of regional capacity gaps to inform growth and training plans.
For land managers and farmers:
The searchable register will allow you to find qualified professionals that meet your specific needs.
The programme seeks to understand current capability and any region-specific gaps, and to address those gaps. We’ll be co-developing new learning opportunities by leveraging the existing capability frameworks for freshwater farm plans and creating new training content together with iwi and key partners.
Alongside the training programmes and resources, we are growing a directory of qualified professionals, so that farmers, growers and councils can find qualified freshwater management professionals and talent in their region.
Engagement with the NZARM capability programme is free to all members.
With the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management (NPS-FM) heralding a new era in farm and pastoral land management, farmers and growers around the country need access to skill sets to help them manage their freshwater ecosystems.
To build capability and capacity in New Zealand freshwater management, NZARM has earned $1.3 million in government funding over three years from the Essential Freshwater Fund (EFF), part of the Jobs for Nature programme. The EFF supports implementation of the Essential Freshwater reforms by investing in capability and capacity across the spectrum of roles associated with the freshwater management system. The capability-building programme timeline started in 2022 and will run until 2025.
Deliver with confidence, develop your career, and find new opportunities in resource management.
All resource managers, asset managers, consultants, scientists, planners and engineers are invited to register for early access to NZARM CAT, and be part of our industry's planning for the future of resource management in Aotearoa New Zealand
Questions about the Capability Project can be directed to email@example.com.