Workforce Council work underway

Friday 11 Dec 2020

 
The Forestry and Wood Processing Workforce Council has been established in New Zealand to oversee the actions specific to developing workforce capability and capacity for forestry and wood processing through implementing actions on the Forestry and Wood Processing Workforce Action Plan. It will take the lead in working to address the sector's workforce development challenges. The Council is made up of representatives nominated by their industry body to represent the wide range of skills required in a thriving forestry sector.

The inaugural meeting of the Workforce Council was the culmination of a huge amount of collaboration between Te Uru Rākau, Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), and the forestry and wood processing sector. Work is already underway with vigorous discussion over direction, graduates passionate about their career in forestry, veterans keen to mould reformed vocational education into a fit-for-purpose training system that creates engaged and knowledgeable professionals, and ministry research specialists assessing workforce demand and developing better methods of monitoring trends.

During 2019, representatives from across the forestry sector worked with MPI to develop an action plan to support a skilled, safe, and diverse workforce. The Forestry and Wood Processing Workforce Action Plan 2020–2024 aims to support the development of a skilled workforce.

Forestry and Wood Processing Workforce Action Plan.

Council input on the Reform of Vocational Education

The Forestry and Wood Processing Workforce Council keeps a watching brief and provides input on behalf of the forestry and wood processing sector into the following three developing reforms in vocational training:

- The planned Primary Industries Workforce Development Council. This new body, one of six nationally, will develop training resources and lead vocational education and the development of the workforce in the primary industries.

- The New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology: Te Pūkenga (NZIST) includes all polytechnic structures around New Zealand and will be tasked with organising and delivering training nationally across all industries.

- The Primary Industry Centre of Vocational Excellence is a specific body currently being set up to use a project-based approach to create innovative new learning systems within the primary industries.

Progress and updates will be supplied in future issues. If you have any questions please make contact with the Forestry and Wood Processing Workforce Council Chair, Fraser.field@rayonier.com

Forestry and Wood Processing Workforce Council

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