Wood Council launches forestry basecamp

Wednesday 29 Aug 2018

New Programme a ‘Win-Win’ For All – Thanks to the Eastland Wood Council the local forest industry is another step closer to a more sustainable flow of trained workers with the launch of the Generation Programme.

Siobhain Fyall has been appointed programme manager and the first course is set to start on October 15, with another following in late April 2019. Participants will spent six weeks at a forestry base camp industry introduction programme followed by ‘learn while you earn’ work out with contractors complemented with part time courses through EIT Tairawhiti, Turanga Ararau and Competenz. All the while students would receive pastoral care from First Choice Employment.

The new programme is set to produce 12 graduates in the first year, 30 in the second and 60 in the third.

Eastland Wood Council chief executive Kim Holland says the programme is a real collaboration between the region’s key stakeholders that ensures trainees are qualified through a real world introduction to the different sectors within the industry.

“It’s a multi-stakeholder approach with industry and training providers working together to ensure that the training meets industry’s skills needs,” says Ms Holland. “We all want to make sure the programme succeeds and I believe by doing this it will better prepare the young people and increase the uptake by contractors as they will have more confidence in the abilities of the young people to do the work.”

The programme was launched in April with a $220,000 boost as the first initiative to benefit through the Government’s He Poutama Rangatahi Employment Scheme and the Ministry of Social Development.

Base camp trainees will work towards a New Zealand Certificate in Foundation Forestry Skills Level 2, which will then pathway into level 3 qualifications, with on the job training pathways across forestry and harvesting options. Very early on, trainees will get an industry introduction to careers with the ability to talk to people who are working in forestry.

“The base camp will ensure the trainees have the general requirements, including health and safety, site visits, practical skills learning and talking to people in the industry who are keen to share their passion for the work they do.”

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Source: Eastland Wood Council

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