Arbre Hub Cadet Forester Program up and running

Friday 8 Mar 2019

The Arbre Forest Industries Training and Careers Hub based in Tasmania have announced that their Cadet Forester Program is up and running for 2019. Sustainable Timber Tasmania and Forico have both supported this initiative. STT have taken three students and Forico one student from 16 applications received from across the State.

The Board of the Arbre Hub is recruiting out of schools and colleges around Tasmania and enlist the students through an Australian Schools based Apprenticeship. Greg Hickey, Arbre Hub Director and General Manager Forest Products for STT said “we saw this recruiting model as a brilliant way to engage with the Education system here in Tasmania. Through the promotion of our industry at Career Days in schools and colleges, we can now actively promote real job opportunities as well as well laid out career pathways for students interested in outdoor activity and forest stewardship as a career”.

Bryan Hayes, Arbre Hub Chair and C.E.O of Forico commented that “we saw the Cadet Forester Program as a great way to be able bring young people into our industry through the Australian Schools based Apprenticeship program. We get real training into the students with the Cert 2 Forest Growing and Management package and then have the opportunity of bringing the student into our business on a full-time basis at the end of year 12. They’ve got then a great understanding of our culture, expectations and on-going upskilling opportunities”.

Colin McCulloch, Project Manager for the Arbre Hub felt that it was a great achievement for the Arbre Hub to be able to work along side Skills Tasmania and the Industry here in Tasmania. It gives students both a chance to finish their schooling as well as give themselves every opportunity to continue on in a very rewarding career that could well take them all over the world.”

“It just makes promoting our industry so much easier when you can offer an opportunity to students that are showing interest. And the reaction from the teachers and Education Dept leaders in the State has been such a rewarding experience”. Colin went on to say, “We have learnt that there is strong interest in careers in the forestry sector, so we will now focus our attention on other structured pathways around forest operations, with already strong interest from our Harvest and Haulage members looking to participate”.

Photo: New Cadet Forester, Rosanne Champion with Forico Senior Forester, and Cadet mentor, Stephen Clarke

Source: Arbre Hub

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