$6m to boost skills

Australian Forests and Timber - - FRONT PAGE -

THE LAUNCH of a new $6 mil­lion Forestry Train­ing and Skills De­vel­op­ment Ser­vice, to be de­liv­ered by ForestWorks, high­lights cur­rent con­fi­dence in the resur­gent forestry sec­tor in Tas­ma­nia.

Tas­ma­nian Min­is­ter for Re­sources, Guy Bar­nett an­nounced the new ser­vice to sup­port the re­build­ing and reskilling of the Tas­ma­nian for­est in­dus­try work­force.

Min­is­ter Bar­nett an­nounced the new Train­ing and Skills De­vel­op­ment Ser­vice at a launch event hosted by McKay Tim­ber in Launce­s­ton. The Tas­ma­nian Train­ing and Skills De­vel­op­ment Ser­vice is funded by the Aus­tralian and Tas­ma­nian Gov­ern­ments.

This in­dus­try-owned not­for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion will of­fer vo­ca­tional train­ing ser­vices that will sup­port skills de­vel­op­ment in the for­est, wood, pa­per, tim­ber and fur­nish­ing in­dus­tries.

“The train­ing and de­vel­op­ment of work­ers, and en­sur­ing there is a re­li­able work­force into the fu­ture, is a key el­e­ment in sup­port­ing the strong growth in the in­dus­try and lock­ing in the jobs that are be­ing cre­ated,” the Min­is­ter said.

“This pro­gram is a di­rect re­sponse to in­dus­try needs and will pro­vide train­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties where the in­dus­try it­self has recog­nised a need.

“With the cur­rent growth in the for­est in­dus­try, the Tas­ma­nian Forestry Train­ing and Skills De­vel­op­ment Ser­vice will be avail­able across the board to cur­rent and new em­ploy­ees as well as po­ten­tial new em­ploy­ees.

“This is just one part of our com­mit­ment to sup­port­ing this vi­tal Tas­ma­nian sec­tor as well as for­est work­ers and har­vest and haulage con­trac­tors, their fam­i­lies and our lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties,” he said.

“It comes at a time when to­tal wood pro­duc­tion in 2015-16 reached its high­est level for five years at 4.4 mil­lion tonnes, and ex­ports have more than dou­bled from just a few years ago.

“It also fol­lows the an­nounce­ment of a new ex­port joint ven­ture deal for South­ern Tas­ma­nian forestry prod­ucts be­tween TasPorts and Qube Ports - an­other ex­am­ple of a resur­gence of the forestry in­dus­try and the cre­ation of 25 jobs on the wharf and hun­dreds more in the com­mu­nity.”

Min­is­ter Bar­nett said the Train­ing and Skills De­vel­op­ment Ser­vice fund would as­sist Tas­ma­nian forestry work­ers ad­just to chang­ing job re­quire­ments, brought about by ad­vances in tech­nol­ogy and new prod­uct de­vel­op­ment.

ForestWorks will de­liver the Train­ing and Skills De­vel­op­ment Ser­vice.

Diana Lloyd, Gen­eral Man­ager of ForestWorks, said fund­ing is avail­able to cur­rent and new work­ers in the Tas­ma­nian for­est and tim­ber in­dus­try.

“Fund­ing is avail­able

“Train­ing is fun­da­men­tal to a safe, pro­duc­tive and in­no­va­tive work­place”

(l-r) Eva James (Skills Ad­vi­sory Man­ager at ForestWorks), Guy Bar­nett (Tas­ma­nian Min­is­ter for Re­sources), Diana Lloyd (Brett McKay (Gen­eral Man­ager of McKay Tim­ber), and Karen Hall (Chair of the Tas­ma­nian For­est Con­trac­tors As­so­ci­a­tion).

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