Cover It cov­ers it per­fectly with FOLS

Australian Forests and Timber - - In the News -

COVER IT Pty Ltd is the first har­vest­ing con­tract­ing busi­ness in north­ern NSW to move all of its oper­a­tors over to the FOLS Skills Ver­i­fi­ca­tion Pro­gram.

Cover It Pty Ltd is one of 18 NSW har­vest­ing com­pa­nies that has made the com­mit­ment to adopt FOLS, fol­low­ing a Forestry Cor­po­ra­tion of NSW ini­tia­tive.

In Fe­bru­ary this year, Forestry Cor­po­ra­tion of NSW, in their north­ern hard­wood forests around Coffs Har­bour, Wau­chope and Grafton, asked its con­trac­tors to move all oper­a­tors on to FOLS.

Boyd Young, Owner of Cover It Pty Ltd, said mov­ing their oper­a­tors over to FOLS had been a smooth process.

“It is go­ing to be so easy to man­age our em­ployee cre­den­tials and train­ing records now, as every­thing is housed in one place.

“FOLS will be a use­ful tool for new em­ploy­ees es­pe­cially, pro­vid­ing a sim­pler process for lo­cat­ing and fil­ing peo­ple’s train­ing records and de­ter­min­ing the cur­rency of peo­ples’ skills,” said Boyd.

Diana Lloyd, Gen­eral Man­ager of ForestWorks, said a new on­line sys­tem and mo­bile app for FOLS is only weeks away, and will pro­vide fur­ther ben­e­fits to busi­nesses look­ing for an easy way man­age the skills of em­ploy­ees.

“With the new FOLS app, you will be able to ac­cess and demon­strate your port­fo­lio of skills any­time and any­where, so long as you have a mo­bile de­vice on you,” said Diana.

A sum­mary of each op­er­a­tor’s FOLS en­dorse­ments will be utilised by Forestry Cor­po­ra­tion of NSW to iden­tify train­ing gaps and a plan will be de­vel­oped to ad­dress these. Forestry Cor­po­ra­tion NSW will be re­im­burs­ing oper­a­tors for a third of the cost of the 3 year FOLS once it is is­sued.

Forestry Cor­po­ra­tion’s Har­vest and Haulage Con­trac­tor and Pro­cure­ment Man­ager Mark Hitchins said he ex­pected the new sys­tem to make life eas­ier for both Forestry Cor­po­ra­tion and con­trac­tors.

“We re­quire all oper­a­tors work­ing in State forests to have cer­tain skills and ac­cred­i­ta­tions and we see FOLS as a one stop shop. FOLS al­lows us to quickly and eas­ily con­firm that our con­trac­tors and their staff have the nec­es­sary com­pe­ten­cies and iden­tify gaps where train­ing is re­quired,” said Mark.

“Our con­trac­tors do a great job in main­tain­ing high lev­els of skills and ac­cred­i­ta­tion and the good news for our con­trac­tors is that they can also use this na­tional pro­gram to swiftly ver­ify the skills and train­ing needs of new and ex­ist­ing staff, so it’s a real win-win.”

The other con­tract­ing busi­nesses in the process of mov­ing their oper­a­tors to FOLS are:

Arm­fields Earth­mov­ing & Log­ging Pty Ltd

• Brian Smith Tim­ber Trans­port Pty Ltd

• Bur­gundy Heights Pty Ltd

• C& E Log­ging Pty Ltd

• Cooper Log­ging Pty Ltd

• Davis Earth­mov­ing and Quar­ry­ing Pty Ltd

• DJ & JB Log­ging Pty Ltd

• Green­sill Bros Pty Ltd

• Haulers & Fallers Pty Ltd

• Hoff­mans Haulage Pty Ltd

• Hoff­mans Tim­ber­line Pty Ltd

• Newells Creek Sawmilling Pty Ltd

• Pa­cific Con­tract­ing Pty Ltd

• Taw­mar Tim­bers Pty Ltd

• Two Matt’s Pty Ltd

• Warda Pty Ltd

• Wood­har­vesters Pty Ltd FOLS is a na­tional in­dus­try-led pro­gram, man­aged by ForestWorks. For more in­for­ma­tion about the FOLS Skills Ver­i­fi­ca­tion Pro­gram, visit

Cover It oper­a­tors (l-r) Ge­orge Con­nor, Boyd Young, Jamie Young and Kelvin Young.

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