Prue Younger, CEO Mes­sage

New Zealand Logger - - Top Spot - 'J)rue--

With the pres­sure on the in­dus­try with in­creased har­vest vol­umes in some re­gions and in oth­ers the po­ten­tial to be part of the bil­lion tree plant, the need to gather more trained and skilled em­ploy­ees is very im­por­tant even bor­der­ing on crit­i­cal. So along with Com­pe­tenz, FICA is work­ing in part­ner­ship to build bet­ter and more suit­able train­ing pro­grammes on site that will en­sure a sus­tain­able work­force. Com­pe­tenz launched a new re­vised ap­pren­tice­ship pro­gramme that will give forestry work­ers the flex­i­bil­ity they need to suc­cess­fully earn cred­its while work­ing and ap­pren­tices could qual­ify for two years of fund­ing un­der the govern­ment's new "fees free" scheme. In­dus­try train­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion Com­pe­tenz has launched two for­est har­vest­ing ap­pren­tice­ships - one in man­ual op­er­a­tions and one in mech­a­nised op­er­a­tions. They have been de­signed with ex­ten­sive in­put from For­est In­dus­try Con­trac­tors As­so­ci­a­tion (FICA) mem­bers, log­ging con­trac­tors and forestry man­agers to en­sure they are mod­ern and prac­ti­cal. Do we think this pro­gramme could be rolled out across other sec­tors of the in­dus­try, let's ask our con­trac­tors and in­dus­try what suc­cess they have had with ap­pren­tices.

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