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New Programme a ‘Win-Win’ For All
The local forest industry is another step closer to a more sustainable flow of trained workers with the imminent start of the Eastland Wood Council driven Generation Programme.
Siobhain Fyall has been appointed programme manager and the first course is set to start on October 15, with another following in late April 2019. Participants will spent six weeks at a forestry base camp industry introduction programme followed by ‘learn while you earn’ work out with contractors complemented with part time courses through EIT Tairawhiti, Turanga Ararau and Competenz. All the while students would 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.”
New Manager Excited to be Making a Difference
Newly-appointed Eastland Wood Council driven Generation Programme manager Siobhain Fyall can’t wait to get
underway. For years she has listened to her husband – a forestry veteran of 25 years – talk about the issues the forestry industry has faced . . . and now, she has the chance to help make a difference.
“I hear a lot about the issues they face trying to find workers,” says Mrs Fyall. “It comes down to having basic common sense, a good attitude and an understanding of what it is to have a decent work ethic. Finding workers with these basic skills seems to be increasingly hard to find.”
She has 25 years tertiary teaching experience predominantly with youth, and focused on employment skills and work-based training.