Forestry trainees to earn as they learn

New Zealand Logger - - Forest Talk -

A SCHEME TO EN­ABLE YOUNG PEO­PLE start­ing off in forestry to ‘earn as they learn’ has been un­veiled.

The in­no­va­tive forestry train­ing scheme sees in­dus­try, train­ing providers and iwi com­ing to­gether to pro­vide a new path­way into train­ing and As­so­ci­ate Min­is­ter of Forestry Meka Whaitiri, who for­mally launched the Tupu Ake scheme, says it could be repli­cated else­where.

Tupu Ake aims to im­prove train­ing and in­crease the num­ber of youth in the forestry in­dus­try where cur­rently there is a short­age of skilled work­ers.

Led by Keven Ihaka’s For­est Pro­tec­tion Ser­vices (FPS), the pro­gramme aims to of­fer 15-24 year-olds who want to work in forestry a chance to gain ter­tiary qual­i­fi­ca­tions, life skills, and a job at the end of the 12-month pro­gramme.

FPS is part­ner­ing with Te Mata­rau Trust, which is pro­vid­ing the life skills and pas­toral sup­port com­po­nent of the pro­gramme and Northtec, which is pro­vid­ing the class­room el­e­ment to de­velop the tech­ni­cal skills. Three of the five days are spent in the for­est with FPS. The per­sonal devel­op­ment and train­ing days are funded by the Min­istry of Busi­ness In­no­va­tion and Em­ploy­ment through He Poutama Ran­gatahi, a pi­lot ini­tia­tive fo­cused on tack­ling youth un­em­ploy­ment.

“This tran­si­tional care is very im­por­tant to the suc­cess of the pro­gramme,” says Mr Ihaka, Manag­ing Direc­tor of FPS, which is putting the stu­dents on its pay­roll.

He says it not only gives trainees money to sup­port them­selves but en­ables them to qual­ify for ad­di­tional pay in­cen­tives as they progress.

He hopes the pro­gramme will show young trainees the op­por­tu­ni­ties avail­able in forestry and ex­pose them to pos­i­tive work­ing con­di­tions and the team en­vi­ron­ment.


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