Cel­e­brat­ing ex­cep­tional pri­mary in­dus­try em­ploy­ers

New Zealand Logger - - Forest Talk -

THE MIN­ISTRY OF PRI­MARY IN­DUS­TRIES IS OUT TO CEL­E­BRATE busi­nesses that are great em­ploy­ers with the launch of a new award.

The Good Em­ployer Awards are a recog­ni­tion of out­stand­ing pri­mary in­dus­try em­ploy­ers and those that pro­vide ser­vices to the pri­mary in­dus­tries, in­clud­ing forestry.

With a fast-ap­proach­ing clos­ing date of Au­gust 10, the new awards are spon­sored by Min­istry for Pri­mary In­dus­tries (MPI) and the Agri­cul­tural and Mar­ket­ing Re­search De­vel­op­ment Trust.

“New Zealand needs to at­tract, de­velop and keep peo­ple in our pri­mary in­dus­tries,” says As­so­ci­ate Forestry Min­is­ter Meka Whaitiri.

“The pri­mary in­dus­tries em­ploys about one in seven New Zealan­ders and as many as one in three in some re­gions. That’s a lot of peo­ple and it’s time we start cel­e­brat­ing those em­ploy­ers who are do­ing an out­stand­ing job.

“An im­por­tant part of this is pro­vid­ing great work en­vi­ron­ments where em­ploy­ees feel sup­ported, safe and have the op­por­tu­nity to de­velop and grow.

“In our forestry work­force, we need both em­ploy­ees and em­ploy­ers to de­velop new skills that fo­cus on sus­tain­abil­ity, re­silience and ac­count­abil­ity.

The awards recog­nise good em­ploy­ers in the fol­low­ing cat­e­gories: • in­no­va­tive em­ploy­ment prac­tices

• em­ployee de­vel­op­ment

• safe and healthy work en­vi­ron­ments

• Maori agribusi­ness

• Min­is­ter’s Award.

In­di­vid­u­als or busi­nesses must be nom­i­nated by an in­dus­try body or a peer, with forms avail­able on www.mpi.govt.nz/good­em­ploy­er­awards. Win­ners will be an­nounced in Novem­ber.

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