Annual Report Now Available

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× Subscribe Stay up to date with all the latest news from ForestWorks by subscribing to one of our newsletters. First Name Last Name Email address State Organisation List choice ForestWorks news Vet Update Women’s Network News Leave this field … Read More

What are the requirements to get a FOLS?

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To receive a FOLS all the documentation you need to provide is: A completed application form A record of your training (which ForestWorks will already have on file if you have provided it previously) A signed Currency Statement by your forest manager … Read More

Three New Training Package Projects Commenced

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The Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) has approved three new projects to review and update units of competency: Prefabricated Building Systems Project Cross laminated Timber Building Systems Project Pulp and Paper Manufacturing Safety Compliance Project Technical Advisory Committees are being established for … Read More

Forest Harvesting Optimisation Project Approved

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The Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) has approved the Case for Endorsement for the updated and revised units of competency, along with a Companion Volume Implementation Guide. The revised units will be released on to training.gov.au by the end of 2017, contained within the FWP Forest and Wood … Read More

A Guide to Renewing Your FOLS

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With many people now renewing their FOLS under ForestWorks’ administration, we are receiving questions about what is required to renew your FOLS. Please find below a quick checklist or guide for FOLS renewals. Complete the renewal application form making sure … Read More

FOLS Assessor/RTO Network

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ForestWorks facilitates a network of Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) and assessors to support them conduct high quality assessments for many competencies covered by the FOLS Skills Verification Program. Benefits of the network include: RTOs and assessors listed on the FOLS … Read More

Forest Harvesting Optimisation Project Update

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The final draft units of competency have been checked for editorial, equity and quality assurance after they received support from the Forest Management and Harvesting Industry Reference Committee (IRC) to proceed to the final stage. The final draft units have … Read More

OneFortyOne Plantations – Academic Scholarship

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OneFortyOne Plantations is offering a full academic scholarship for existing or future forestry students, including holiday work experience and graduate employment. The scholarship will meet all education related expenses for the successful student undertaking either 3rd or 4th year of … Read More

New Projects Announced

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The Australian Industry Skills Committee (AISC) met on 27 July and approved three new projects to review and/or develop units of competency, skill sets and qualifications in the following skills areas. Pulp and Paper Manufacturing Paper and Pulp Manufacturing Compliance – … Read More

Training and Skills Development Service (Tasmania)

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The Training and Skills Development Service (TSDS) in Tasmania continues to be a popular mechanism to assist Tasmanian forestry workers adjust to changing job requirements, brought about by advances in technology and new product development. To date, 100 applications have been … Read More

Women in Forests and Timber Network Updates

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The leadership development programs are part-time and delivered nationally via WLA’s blended learning model. Scholarship funding is strictly limited and will be awarded based on a set of selection criteria being met. Expressions of interest are open until 15 September … Read More

Forest Harvesting Optimisation Project Update

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Draft units of competency and skill sets are now available for your feedback. The units have been reviewed in line with current forest harvesting optimisation technology and the impact on utilisation processes. Feedback is being sought on the content of 10 proposed … Read More

Funding for Training – Available Nationally

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National Skills Needs List About the program: The National Skills Needs List identifies traditional trades that are experiencing a national skills shortage. The list is based on detailed labour market research and analysis. Under the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program, an … Read More

Funding for Training in New South Wales

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Smart & Skilled About the program: Smart and Skilled provides eligible students with: An entitlement to government-subsidised training up to and including Certificate III. Government funding for higher-level courses (Certificate IV and above) in targeted priority areas. Administered by: Training … Read More

Funding for Training in Tasmania

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We encourage all Tasmanian forest and timber industry workers and their employers to access the Training and Skills Development Service (TSDS). This funding is available across all sectors: Harvesting and Haulage, Forest Growing & Management, Timber Manufactured Products, Timber Merchandising, … Read More

AFCA Receives Funding to Deliver Safer Roads

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The Australian Forest Contractors Association (AFCA) has welcomed the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s (NHVR) support for AFCA’s National Forestry Logistics Safety Program (NFLSP) to deliver safer roads as part of the next round of Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative program. The … Read More

Forest Harvesting Optimisation Project Update

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A project is underway to review and update units of competency from the FWP Forest and Wood Products Training Package, in line with the impact on processes of forest harvesting optimisation technology. Draft units of competency are currently being developed in consultation with … Read More

Forest Harvesting Optimisation Project Update

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Skills needs in forest harvesting optimisation processes and technologies have driven the development of new and revised units of competency within the FWP Forest and Wood Products Training Package. First draft units of competency are currently being developed in consultation … Read More

First WA Business Adopts FOLS

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Wilson’s Director, Ian Wilson said the decision to adopt FOLS came at a time when the business was looking for a way to verify and demonstrate the skills of their operators. “We saw an article in Australian Forest and Timber … Read More

NSW Operators move on to FOLS

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Forestry Corporation of NSW, in their northern forests around Coffs Harbour, Wauchope and Grafton, has asked its contractors to move all operators on to FOLS. To date, over half of the expected 200 operators have submitted their applications. It has been quite a smooth process … Read More

New FOLS Online Portal and App

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ForestWorks is currently working with a developer to create a new and improved online platform and a mobile app for FOLS. The new platform and the mobile app will provide forestry businesses, operators and training organisations with greater ease and flexibility … Read More

New ForestWorks Logo

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You may have noticed a small change to the top of our website. ForestWorks has updated its logo to a more contemporary design. The new logo has been streamlined but maintains the signature ‘truss’ design in keeping  with the look … Read More

Funding Available for Training in Tasmania

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Training and Skills Development Service There has been a keen interest in the Training and Skills Development Service (TSDS) program recently released in Tasmania. To date, over $300,000 in funding has been allocated to train 286 employees and learners. These … Read More

Second Meeting of Vic Industry Advisory Groups

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Ten Industry Advisory Groups (IAGs) consisting of representatives of industry, unions and employers were formed last year to provide advice to the the Victorian Skills Commissioner (VSC), Neil Coulson, on matters including skill demand pressures and future industry skills needs. … Read More

Forest Harvesting Optimisation Project Update

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Units of competency from the FWP Forest and Wood Products Training Package are being reviewed and updated in line with current forest harvesting optimisation processes and technologies. Consultation has begun with the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) for the project, to … Read More

WFTN Afternoon Teal

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Thank you to those who joined us in Melbourne late last month for an Afternoon Teal, and to those who donated. Afternoon Teal is a play on words of afternoon tea and teal which is the international colour of ovarian cancer. … Read More

New Workforce Training and Innovation Fund for VIC

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The Victorian Government recently launched a new $40 million Workforce Training Innovation Fund (WTIF). The WTIF provides grant funding for industry and training provider partnerships to develop and deliver innovative strategies for improving training outcomes and the relevance of training … Read More

WFTN Afternoon Teal

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Join us in Melbourne on 23 February to network with others in our industry and, at the same time, help raise awareness and funds for a key women’s health issue – ovarian cancer. ForestWorks will be hosting the event on … Read More

Forestry Better Business Update

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This program has been developed in Tasmania, with the view that it will become available to all states and territories in the near future. Interest in this program has been broad, with discussions in the Green Triangle region about developing … Read More

FOLS to Increase in 2017

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The number of operators signing up to FOLS increased in 2016, as more businesses recognise the benefits of the service, and see it as a solution to manage the high risk competencies and currency of their workforce. FOLS is an accepted practice in … Read More

Project to Support Optimisation of Log Production

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Industry stakeholders have identified the need to update occupational skills standards in line with current forest harvesting optimisation processes and technologies. This skills gap was recognised by the Forest and Wood Products Industry Reference Committee (IRC) as a priority skill … Read More

New General Manager for ForestWorks

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  “It is an exciting time for ForestWorks, as we work with industry on new developments.” “I look forward to driving our services to support industry skill needs. ForestWorks is a well-known and respected industry body, that has a strong … Read More

New Skills Development Service in Tasmania

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ForestWorks has been appointed to administer a Training and Skills Development Service on behalf of the Tasmanian Department of State Growth. The Training and Skills Development Service will assist forestry workers adjust to changing job requirements in the Tasmanian forest … Read More

Vic Govt Announces New Industry Advisory Structure

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The Victorian Government has launched a new approach to engaging industry and employers with Victoria’s training system. Minister for Training and Skills Steve Herbert joined Victorian Skills Commissioner Neil Coulson last Wednesday to launch the new Industry Engagement Framework, which … Read More

Draft 4 Year Work Plans Available for Feedback

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Draft Four Year Work Plans for our industry training packages are now available for feedback. Four Year Work Plans provide notice to industry, training providers and government about what skills standards and qualifications are being considered for future development. Details of the key priority skill … Read More

New Directors for ForestWorks Board

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ForestWorks has welcomed three new Directors to our Board: Colin McCulloch, Mark Nelson and Leo Skourdoumbis. Antoinette Hewitt (who performs the role of Company Secretary for ForestWorks) said Colin, Mark and Leo join ForestWorks’ ongoing Directors Jane Calvert, Tony Price … Read More

Review of Industry Reference Committees

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The Forest and Wood Products Industry Reference Committees (IRCs) are currently being reviewed in a process established by the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC). The structure and membership of all 70 IRCs (that together cover all Australian industries) are … Read More

CDMA Training Awards – Judging Completed!

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Judging took place in our office last week for the Cabinet Makers and Designers Association (CMDA) Training Awards. The award winners will be announced at the CMDA Annual Dinner, to be held in Melbourne on Friday 8 July 2016. The 2016 Awards include Apprentice … Read More

HVP Adopts FOLS Skills Verification Program

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HVP have endorsed FOLS as their preferred tool to manage operators’ high risk competencies This week HVP Plantations (HVP) have adopted FOLS as their required standard for the recording of training and skills verification for high risk forestry activities. FOLS … Read More

Forestry Better Business Program Update

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We are currently testing and trialling the online portal for the Forestry Better Business program with three contracting businesses. The businesses cover harvesting, haulage and silvicultural activities in Tasmania. Feedback from these businesses will be incorporated in the updates to the … Read More

NSW WHS network meeting

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The WHS network for the northern NSW hardwood industry regrouped this month, with a meeting taking place in Coffs Harbour on Tuesday 3 May 2016. The purpose of the forum was to discuss workplace health and safety matters in a … Read More

AUSTimber2016 Report

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As a part of this year’s successful event, ForestWorks hosted a session about the opportunities for industry-led initiatives to manage safety issues facing the industry.   Participants were able to learn about new systems, processes and programs that are being … Read More

Entries Open – ACE & AFIA Furniture Awards

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ForestWorks is proud to support this year’s ACE and AFIA furniture design awards. Two key awards on the furnishing industry calendar, both awards are managed by the Australian Furniture Association. The winners for both awards will be announced at the Australian Furniture Industry … Read More

ISP Cases Studies Now Available!

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The case studies highlight the successes and learnings from each of the Innovation Working Groups and the program as a whole over the past two years.   The Innovation Skills Program was part of a two year government funded project … Read More

Feedback still open for reformatted units

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There is still time to submit feedback on the reformatted FPI11 Forest and Forest Products Training Package units of competency.   Units have been rewritten into a new format determined by the Australian Government. They will make up the new FWP Forest and … Read More

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