Minister Announces New Training Service for Tasmanian Forest Industry

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Tasmanian Minister for Resources, Guy Barnett has announced a new service to support the rebuilding and reskilling of the Tasmanian forest industry.

Minister Barnett announced the new Training and Skills Development Service this afternoon, at a launch event hosted by McKay Timber in Launceston. Read Minister Barnett’s media release here.

The Training and Skills Development Service fund will assist Tasmanian forestry workers adjust to changing job requirements, brought about by advances in technology and new product development.

ForestWorks will deliver the Training and Skills Development Service.

Diana Lloyd, General Manager of ForestWorks, said funding is available to current and new workers in the Tasmanian forest and timber industry.

“Funding is available for training courses that will benefit industry, that are relevant to current and future job roles, and provided by a registered training organisation.”

“We encourage all Tasmanian forestry businesses to take part in this fantastic opportunity. A qualification that consolidates practical experience and knowledge is a reward for both employees and employers,” said Diana.

Brett McKay, General Manager of McKay Timber, said the new training fund is a fantastic opportunity for all sectors of the Tasmania forest industry.

“Training is fundamental to a safe, productive and innovative workplace, and something we value highly at McKay Timbers.”

“This fund provides Tasmanian businesses with the financial support to upskill our workforce. With this funding we have the opportunity to identify any skills gaps, train staff in new activities for the future, and recognise the skills of our existing employees with formal qualifications,” said Brett.

The Tasmanian Training and Skills Development Service is funded by the Australian and Tasmanian Governments to support the rebuilding and reskilling of the Tasmanian forest and timber industry.

For more information visit www.forestworks.com.au/tsds or contact ForestWorks on 03 6331 6077 or tsds@forestworks.com.au

 

From left to right: Eva James, Skills Advisory Manager at ForestWorks; Guy Barnett, Tasmanian Minister for Resources; Diana Lloyd, General Manager of ForestWorks; Brett McKay, General Manager of McKay Timber; and Karen Hall, Chair of the Tasmanian Forest Contractors Association