Pedersen Holdings wins two training awards
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.’’