Find out first hand what it's like to Live, Learn & Earn in Ireland

Earlier this year, NZ Dairy Careers Director Matt Jones, met with Farm Relief Services (FRS) in Ireland to create opportunities for worker exchanges between Ireland and New Zealand which correspond with each country’s off-season. The main purpose of the exchange is to address the current agriculture labour shortage that each country has been experiencing, while giving successful candidates the opportunity to live, learn and earn in new surroundings.

FRS are a farmer-owned co-operative organisation, established in 1980, and are the single biggest supplier of farm labour in Ireland. Through growth and diversification FRS have expanded throughout Ireland with 20 offices nationwide. Padraig Madden and John Bronson from FRS are coming to New Zealand in partnership with NZ Dairy Careers to promote agricultural opportunities available to young people. Together, they will be hosting an event at the Hotel Ashburton, 7:00 pm on December 13th for agricultural workers who want to “Live, Learn & Earn” in Ireland.

NZ Dairy Careers are pleased to present FRS to the Mid Canterbury community and allow young agricultural workers and their parents to hear first-hand about the opportunities on offer via the exchange programme. The exchange programme is open to anyone who has agricultural experience and would like to work and travel to Ireland.

Applicants will require some farming background and will be interviewed and selected based on experience and having a good attitude to work.

Opportunities for New Zealanders will run throughout the year and assistance is provided to ensure a smooth transition, we work with applicants every step of the way. Upon arrival in Ireland, FRS will meet workers and provide support throughout their time in Ireland.

This is perfect for young people wanting an overseas experience. It’s not just about a job though, it’s also about having an experience in Ireland with three to twelve month placements. The exchange aims to deliver an overall experience that will further develop the skills of each individual for their future careers in agriculture and to enhance their general life skills.

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Phone (0) 3 971 5564
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Irish Dairy Farm Exchange Set To Address Skilled Worker Shortage

Up to 50 young dairy farm workers could be experiencing St Patrick’s Day in Ireland as they begin filling short term employment gaps on the Emerald Isle. NZ Dairy Careers Consultant, Matt Jones, has hammered out a deal with Irish farming organisations and dairy companies to create opportunities for worker exchanges between Ireland and New Zealand to correspond with each country’s off-season. The main purpose of the exchange is to address the current labour shortage that each country has been experiencing, particularly in the area of dairy farming, while giving successful candidates the opportunity to live, learn and earn in dynamic new surroundings.

With herd numbers consistently rising in New Zealand and Ireland, farm owners now find themselves in a position where they need more employees, which are increasingly difficult to find locally. "We needed to think outside the box to source more skilled farm workers to meet the growing demand for dairy staff in New Zealand. The exchange is the perfect way to supplement each country’s workforce at the times it is needed the most. Ireland and New Zealand have both used various methods to attract domestic workers, but it has become abundantly clear from the engagement that I've had with farmers and businesses, that neither country have the capacity to fill farming jobs with local labour,” says Jones.

An estimated 3,000 skilled dairy workers will be needed over the next decade in Ireland and NZ Dairy Careers are currently inviting New Zealand dairy workers to apply for the exchange. Our partners in Ireland Farm Relief Services are on tour in New Zealand early December to meet with our young farmers interested in travelling to Ireland and New Zealand Dairy Industry Groups.

Placements for New Zealanders in Ireland will run during the New Zealand off season - from January-June 2018. NZ Dairy Careers assist with all of the paperwork to ensure a smooth transition and will work with candidates every step of the way. Upon arrival in Ireland, Farm Relief Services will met workers and provide pastoral care throughout their time in Ireland.

A wage of €10.00 - €12.00 per hour is expected to be paid to New Zealand workers, with farm managers commanding more. “This is perfect for young people wanting an overseas experience. It’s not just about a job though, it’s also about having an experience in Ireland with three to twelve month placements. If you’ve got a season’s work under your belt, you’re good to go.”

If you would like to know more about the exchange, please visit www.nzdairycareers.co.nz or email info@nzdairycareers.co.nz