New timber training centre planned for Maryborough

A timber company will open a training centre in Maryborough, Queensland, after struggling to fill vacant positions because of unqualified applicants. Sunchip Group managing director Mark Blackberry said roles offering a yearly salary of AU$80,000 and a work-life balance were difficult to fill.

“We are really struggling to find forestry workers as there are not enough skilled people to drive our machines,” Mr Blackberry said. “The timber industry is sustainable and we are needing more people to realise that. Some of the machines cost $1 million each, and we need to be confident in the people driving them.”

The training centre, which hopes to skill people for the timber industry, is predicted to open halfway through this year. It will also offer courses in mechanics. Mr Blackberry said the shortage of skilled timber workers was a national trend, and those who train-up in Maryborough could also take postings in other parts of the country.

Source: Fraser Coast Chronicle

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