Ped­er­sen Hold­ings wins two train­ing awards

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

Toko­roa’s Ped­er­sen Hold­ings Limited – Round­wood has won two cat­e­gories at the Na­tional Train­ing Awards run by FITEC, the for­est and wood in­dus­try train­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion.

The com­pany won the judges’ nod in the Train­ing Com­pany of the Year – Wood Man­u­fac­tur­ing cat­e­gory. Ped­er­sen’s Trevor Wil­son was also named FITEC Train­ing Leader of the Year at a gala din­ner in Ro­torua on Septem­ber 9.

Ped­er­sen, which has for al­most four decades made round­wood, poles and other round prod­ucts for Carter Holt Har­vey Wood Prod­ucts, has about 28 of its 30 em­ploy­ees in train­ing, about 12 more than last year. Most of the firm’s staff are do­ing the FITEC Health & Safety cour­ses to Level 3, as well as log yard man­age­ment, log yard con­trol, log load­ing and ad­vanced log mak­ing.

Ped­er­sen cel­e­brates its em­ploy­ees’ achieve­ments through ac­knowl­edge­ment at morn­ing briefings and bar­be­cues and is also de­vel­op­ing an hon­ours board. These steps are great for im­prov­ing em­ployee morale, says man­ager Kevin Davies.

Trevor Wil­son, who is site su­per­vi­sor, health and safety co­or­di­na­tor and on-site FITEC as­ses­sor for Ped­er­sen said ‘‘the most in­no­va­tive way we’ve found to train is to try and get three or four peo­ple do­ing the same unit.

‘‘They’re all in­volved, they talk to each other, they brain­storm ideas and, at the same time, they learn to lis­ten to other peo­ple’s ideas. They learn to com­mu­ni­cate with each other, they re­spect each other and this also helps with the cul­ture change that we’ve got on site.

‘‘The pro­duc­tion im­prove­ment that we have on site is al­ways an easy way to mea­sure the im­pact of the train­ing. But the cul­ture change and the per­sonal growth of our peo­ple mean a lot to me.’’

Man­ager Kevin Davies says the FITEC train­ing has pro­duced mul­ti­ple ben­e­fits for the busi­ness in­clud­ing all em­ploy­ees be­ing mem­bers of a health and safety com­mit­tee, an im­prove­ment in staff work skills, a pos­i­tive work­ing cul­ture, as well as a huge im­prove­ment in yield.

‘‘The big thing that has come out of it is that my guys have a huge re­spect for the busi­ness, my­self, their fel­low work­mates and also our cus­tomers,’’ says Kevin. ‘‘With that goes that huge im­prove­ment we’ve seen in self­es­teem, lit­er­acy, com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills and peo­ple ac­cept­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity for their own work and their mis­takes.’’

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