Two forestry train­ing ini­tia­tives for Gis­borne

New Zealand Logger - - Forest Talk -

THIS MONTH SEES THE START OF TWO new train­ing pro­grammes to help at­tract more peo­ple into forestry on the East Coast and equip them with the right skills and safety knowl­edge.

The East­land Wood Coun­cil is be­hind the Gen­er­a­tion Pro­gramme that was an­nounced back in April, while Gis­borne-based train­ing provider, Train Me Qual­ity Ser­vices, has de­vel­oped a new forestry train­ing model to be run un­der the ban­ner of the Na­tional Net­work of Mana­iaSAFE Forestry Schools.

Coin­ci­den­tally, both train­ing pro­grammes are set to start on Oc­to­ber 15 and while they will run sep­a­rately at first, the East­land Wood Coun­cil and Train Me Qual­ity Ser­vices told NZ Log­ger they aim to work more closely in the fu­ture.

Both pro­grammes have been set up with the as­sis­tance of govern­ment fund­ing, with the Gen­er­a­tion Pro­gramme to re­ceive $215,000 over three years from the He Poutama Ran­gatahi em­ploy­ment scheme, plus an ad­di­tional $60,000 from the Min­istry of So­cial De­vel­op­ment. The Mana­iaSAFE Forestry School is get­ting $301,000 to pi­lot its log­ging train­ing pro­gramme from the Provin­cial Growth Fund (PGF), plus sup­port from the East­land Com­mu­nity Trust and the For­est Grow­ers Levy Trust.

The Gen­er­a­tion Pro­gramme will see par­tic­i­pants will spend six weeks with a forestry base camp in­dus­try in­tro­duc­tion pro­gramme, fol­lowed by ‘learn while you earn’ work with con­trac­tors, com­ple­mented by part-time cour­ses through EIT Tairawhiti, Tu­ranga Ara­rau and Com­pe­tenz. All the while stu­dents will re­ceive pas­toral care from First Choice Em­ploy­ment.

The new pro­gramme is set to pro­duce 12 grad­u­ates in the first year, 30 in the sec­ond and 60 in the third.

East­land Wood Coun­cil Chief Ex­ec­u­tive, Kim Hol­land, says the pro­gramme is a real col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the re­gion’s key stake­hold­ers that en­sures trainees are qual­i­fied through a real-world in­tro­duc­tion to the dif­fer­ent sec­tors within the in­dus­try.

“It’s a multi-stake­holder ap­proach with in­dus­try and train­ing providers work­ing to­gether to en­sure that the train­ing meets in­dus­try’s skills needs,” says Ms Hol­land.

“We all want to make sure the pro­gramme suc­ceeds and I be­lieve by do­ing this it will bet­ter pre­pare the young peo­ple and in­crease the up­take by con­trac­tors as they will have more con­fi­dence in the abil­i­ties of the young peo­ple to do the work.”

Ms Hol­land says base camp trainees will work to­wards a New Zealand Cer­tifi­cate in Foun­da­tion Forestry Skills Level 2, which would path­way into Level 3 and 4 qual­i­fi­ca­tions, with on-the-job train­ing path­ways across forestry and har­vest­ing op­tions.

Mean­while, the Mana­iaSAFE scheme is be­ing run in part­ner­ship with the East­ern In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy to test the fea­si­bil­ity of the most com­plex part of the train­ing model – us­ing the net­work’s har­vest­ing sites to de­liver prac­ti­cal har­vest­ing train­ing.

The in­no­va­tive fea­ture of the train­ing model is ac­cess to a learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment that is fully health and safety com­pli­ant, and fit-for-pur­pose that sup­ports Maori kau­pa­pabased teach­ing and learn­ing prac­tice.

“We have been en­gag­ing with in­dus­try and other key stake­hold­ers for the past two years to en­sure that our train­ing model is ro­bust, de­liv­ers the right out­comes and in­volves the right peo­ple,” says the school’s Manag­ing Di­rec­tor, Steve Beach.

“Dur­ing the pi­lot we will be look­ing for op­por­tu­ni­ties on how the train­ing en­vi­ron­ment can be best lever­aged to pro­vide young peo­ple with safe pas­sage into the in­dus­try and also to up­skill our cur­rent work­force.”

East­land Wood Coun­cil’s Kim Hol­land says that ul­ti­mately the pi­lot log­ging school will be­come a train­ing path­way within the new East­land Wood Coun­cil-driven Gen­er­a­tion Pro­gramme, which aims to en­sure that new trainees are given a real-world in­tro­duc­tion to the dif­fer­ent sec­tors within the in­dus­try.

Henry Koia is charged with project manag­ing the Mana­iaSAFE pi­lot where a ca­ble har­vest­ing op­er­a­tion will be used to de­liver learn­ing out­comes with­out the nor­mal pro­duc­tiv­ity tar­gets of a com­mer­cial crew.

He says: “This is the dif­fer­ence be­tween our model and or­tho­dox train­ing that hap­pens on the job-site.”

Six in­dus­try ex­pe­ri­enced men­tors will be avail­able to trainees on-site to pro­vide the Tuakana-Teina as­pect of teach­ing and learn­ing. Trainees will re­ceive travel as­sis­tance and pas­toral care that sup­ports their well­be­ing while they learn.

Grad­u­ates of the 20-week pi­lot train­ing pro­gramme will hold the New Zealand Cer­tifi­cate in For­est Har­vest­ing Op­er­a­tions at Level 3, with strands in ei­ther tree-felling and qual­ity con­trol, break­ing out ca­ble, or man­ual pro­cess­ing and qual­ity con­trol.

More im­por­tantly, the grad­u­ates will be work-ready says Mr Koia: “This means they can be em­ployed on a com­mer­cial log­ging op­er­a­tion with the knowl­edge they need to do their jobs safely and ef­fi­ciently.”

FICA Chief ex­ec­u­tive, Prue Younger, says train­ing for task and train­ing on-site is what re­ally works for this in­dus­try, adding: “To have the priv­i­lege of train­ers work­ing side by side with new­bies in the in­dus­try is prov­ing the only way to go.”


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