$6m to boost skills
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).