Modern approach to learning

Date: Oct 2021

Food New Zealand August / September issue

Technology is all around us and constantly evolving. “Business leaders are looking for ways to keep up with an ever-changing world of customer expectations and regulatory compliance,” says QCONZ general manager business development, Chris Leach.

“Discerning customers have increasing expectations and need reassurance about the origin and quality of the food they purchase,” he says, adding that technology is being used more and more to help support brands by backing up claims with reliable data.

Leach points to three technologies offered by the Hamilton-based food safety and quality company that food companies might consider to help overcome common issues:

e-learning to help retain staff and integrate seasonal workers. He suggests using technology like QCONZ Virtual Coach, which offers interactive, “bite-sized” modules that staff can complete to suit both themselves and the employer. “It’s an extremely cost effective way of supporting and upskilling staff,” says Leach.

Moving to a fully integrated computer system that allows data to be captured, systems monitored and reports generated, “really is a no-brainer,” says Leach. The QCONZ-developed platform, Information Leader means there is a full audit trail of every interaction with the system. Compliance data can be managed and collected centrally, providing a processor with information required to monitor and manage performance and satisfy compliance systems.

Centrally managing teams and communicating with them across multiple devices can often be complex and lead to a confused flow of information. An app such as Sync can help those looking for a simple low-cost, customisable option to capture data over the mobile network, he suggests.

Other news

Believed to be a world first, a new training programme focusing on the benefits of animal wellbeing has been developed by QCONZ in collaboration with UCOL, Fonterra and DairyNZ.

The Fonterra ‘All things milking’ workshop was held in Pongakawa last week and prior to that in Waihi for local dairy farmers.

QCONZ has been successful in our bid to be an approved audit agency for the NAIT accreditation programme assessment which launched this week.

Ko Tatou – This is us – Biosecurity 2025 Biosecurity is important to our business, our sector, farmers, and farming communities and to the overall economy of New Zealand. A proactive approach to biosecurity is good business risk management. It is also part of caring for the communities we live and work in.

On 31st January Josh Wheeler (QCONZ) and Nick Dowson (BOP Dairy Farmer) began their journey to cycle New Zealand from Cape Reinga to Bluff!  This is no mean feat!

Josh Wheeler was invited to speak at a SMASH Fielday in Taranaki this month where he shared helpful pointers to assist farmers with mastitis management and milking efficiency, including demonstrating the benefits of milking by time and MaxT.

Another QCONZ IT development is near completion!  

QCONZ is leading the way with animal wellbeing training set to launch in Autumn 2022. 

QCONZ is excited to announce the appointment of Mark Neal as an independent Director to our Board.

We are pleased to announce that QCONZ will be helping deliver a ‘Reducing Strains and Sprains’ project co-funded by ACC and DairyNZ.