Case Studies

The following case studies provide insight into the benefits that the Training and Skills Development Service has provided to organisations in the Tasmanian forest industry.

Current and potential workers in the Tasmanian forest and timber sector can access this service. Funding is available to both private and public businesses, in both the plantation and native sectors, for training courses that meet the following criteria:

  • training that is of benefit to the Tasmanian Forest and Timber Industry;
  • that is relevant to current and/or future job roles in the forestry sector;
  • and provided by a Registered Training Organisation (RTO).

Funding can also be accessed to support the development or review of a business’ workforce development plan.

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BR & KF Muskett & Sons Pty Ltd (Musketts) operates in the harvesting and haulage sector of the Tasmanian Timber and Forest Industry and has grown over recent years. Musketts has an increased heavy vehicle log truck fleet and personnel are expanding to meet their contractual requirements.

Musketts had employed 5 new drivers and used the availability of the TSDS fund to provide these new inexperienced employees with intensive one-on-one training to quickly help them build their confidence in negotiating narrow, unsealed forest roads. Whilst the new employees had the required heavy vehicle licenses they had not previously driven log trucks.

This program benefited the business as noted by Kevin Muskett, Managing Director. “Without this program and Denis West’s training skills we would have to seriously consider downsizing our operations.”

The program also benefited the learners. “Our driver trainer, Denis West, has enabled us to train drivers who have previously only experienced highway truck driving and did not have the skills to handle logging road conditions,” said Kevin.

Musketts agreed that participation in the TSDS program has resulted in an improvement in their employee’s work practices and skills. They also agreed that training was value for money in terms of their training dollar, the training met their expectations and caused minimal disruption to normal work practices. Overall Musketts were very satisfied with their involvement in the TSDS program and are likely to undertake further training.

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KC & KN Hall Pty Ltd provide harvesting services within the Tasmanian Forest Industry. They are committed to ensuring that their workforce is trained and assessed to the highest possible standards while ensuring all aspects of the Tasmanian Forest Safety Code are maintained.

To demonstrate this commitment to training, assessment and safety KC & KN Hall Pty Ltd established through an internal skills audit that 5 employees needed to complete first aid training – ‘HLTAID003 Provide first aid’.

The availability of the TSDS fund to support this training has benefited KC & KN Halls business as “our employees have been able to upgrade their first aid knowledge,” said Candice Wood, Administration Manager.

“The training enabled us to keep up to date with our first aid,” said one of the learners from this project.

KC & KN Hall Pty Ltd agreed that participation in the TSDS program has resulted in an improvement in their employee’s work practices and skills and that the training caused minimal disruption to normal work practices. They strongly agreed that participation in the program provided value for money in terms of their training dollar and that the training provided by the St John’s Ambulance met their expectations. Overall, KC & KN Hall Pty Ltd were satisfied with their involvement in the TSDS program and are likely to undertake further training.

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TP Bennett & Sons Pty Ltd is a harvesting and haulage company working in the Tasmanian Forest Industry. They are dedicated to ensuring their staff are trained to the highest possible standards while meeting their legislative requirements as an employer in Tasmania.

All TP Bennett & Sons drivers are required to hold the appropriate vehicle license for the vehicle size and type that they are driving. It was identified that one employee needed to be upskilled from a Medium Rigid Vehicle License to a Heavy Combination Vehicle License so together with RTO On Road Off Road and the TSDS program, the training was delivered, and the learner now helps ensure TP Bennett & Sons have a flexible multi-skilled workforce.

This type of upskilling of employees directly benefits the Tasmanian Forest Industry by helping to lift and maintain the safety standards within the industry and meet the broader community’s expectation.

“Quality training is always appreciated, and this program has made this attainable,” said Gerard Bennett, Training Manager at TP Bennett & Sons. “Expansion of funds to continue this training opportunity would be welcomed in an effort to encourage younger people into the industry by being able to offer affordable formal qualifications.”

The training is also beneficial from the learner’s perspective. “I was nervous at first, but the course delivery felt tailored for me,” said Keith Siely, the TP Bennett & Sons learner.

TP Bennett & Sons agreed that participation in the TSDS program has resulted in an improvement in their employee’s work practices, the training provided by the RTO met their expectations and the training caused minimal disruption to normal work practices. They strongly agreed that participation in the TSDS program met their needs in terms of improving employee’s skills and provided value for money in terms of their training dollar. Overall, TP Bennett & Sons were very satisfied with their involvement in the TSDS program and are likely to undertake further training.

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Lee has worked for a number of forest industry employers as staff and also under contract as a GIS specialist. Lee was able to take advantage of the TSDS fund to support her in attending specialist GIS training in a Forest Resource Database system known as GeoMaster, a proprietary product of New Zealand based company ATLAS/Integral.

GeoMaster is a spatially linked database for forest management and is an increasingly adopted specialist technology across not just Tasmanian forestry but world-wide natural resource management.

As this application was outside the TSDS guidelines, it was referred to the chair of the TSDS Steering Committee for advice and guidance on assessment. Seeing the benefit this training would have to the Tasmanian Timber and Forest industry, the application was approved.

Two days of one-on-one training was enabled through the support of the TSDS fund and it was the first time this type of independent training had been undertaken by Integral. The advantage to Lee was that the two days of training were intensive and specialised to meet her needs.

“After eight years away from GIS and GeoMaster taking up this exceptionally valuable opportunity has given me more confidence in the contemporary usage of GeoMaster, and a skill set leading towards greater ability in the use of this application to its full extent”, said Lee.

Lee strongly agreed that participation in the TSDS program has resulted in an improvement in her work practices, provided value for money in terms of her training dollar, the training provided met her expectations and caused minimal disruption to normal work practices. She was very satisfied with her involvement in the TSDS program and is likely to undertake further training.

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As Tasmania’s largest private forestry management company, Forico represents the transition into a new era in plantation forestry in Tasmania. Forico’s forest management team is strongly focused on developing quality, healthy, innovative and sustainable forestry practices.

Forico identified the need for 5 employees to undertake training in FWPHAR3219 – Conduct Excavator Operations with Grabs and FWPHAR3218 Conduct Loader Operations to ensure they held relevant plant and equipment competencies and could operate the machinery safely.

Barry Youl, Acting Site Manager at Forico Long Reach said that “this training has provided our employees with valued knowledge and qualifications which has improved their confidence in safely operating heavy machinery.”

Phil Mullins, one of the learners who undertook this training gave his perspective. “I now have the formal qualification to be able to perform my job to the companies required standard,” he said.

Forico Pty Limited strongly agreed that participation in the TSDS program has resulted in an improvement in their employee’s work practices and skills, provided value for money in terms of their training dollar, caused minimal disruption to normal work practices and that the RTO met their expectation. Overall Forico were very satisfied with their involvement in the TSDS program and are likely to undertake further training.

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The Forest Practices Authority (FPA) is an independent statutory body that administers the Tasmanian forest practices system on both public and private land. Its primary responsibility is regulating the management of forest and threatened non-forest vegetation. The FPA also provide information and training on threatened and endangered species.

FPA identified the need for running a field day focusing on swift parrots. The field day was designed to provide important information and training for those who need to identify the species and species habitat. It also provided information on the risk posed by forest practices and the intent of management actions required under the forest practices system.

The availability and flexibility of the TSDS fund allowed FPA to apply, and be approved, to deliver this non-accredited training to 29 learners from a variety of organisations, including Timberlands Pacific.

Gareth Tempest, Planning Manager at Timberlands Pacific was invited to undertake a satisfaction survey for this training course and he indicated that this program had benefited the business as it “improved awareness of environmental issues.”

Timberlands Pacific agreed that participation in the TSDS program has resulted in an improvement in their employee’s work practices, skills whilst causing minimal disruption to normal work practices. They also agreed that the training provided met their expectations and provided value for money. Overall Timberlands Pacific were satisfied with their involvement in the TSDS program and are likely to undertake further training.

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The Forest Practices Authority (FPA) is an independent statutory body that administers the Tasmanian forest practices system on both public and private land. Its primary responsibility is regulating the management of forest and threatened non-forest vegetation.

With the assistance of the TSDS fund, the FPA was able to offer 4 x 2-day Geology courses to industry, delivered in Gowrie Park (x3) and Hobart. The courses, run by the Earth Sciences program in the FPA, give foresters and others who have not formally studied geology a basic understanding of geological principle and processes, including identification of rock types, the geological timescale, reading geological maps and essential properties of different rock types.

Each course was run over 2 consecutive days with a formal session on the first day focusing on geological process, reading geological maps, identifying rock types and Quarternary processes, as well as a session on using LiDar data for mapping geology and geomorphology. The second day was spent in the field visiting a range of significant geological sites in the nearby forestry estate.

Sustainable Timber Tasmania was one of the organisations that sent employees along to the course. “Courses provided by the Forest Practices Authority such as the Geology course are important for our staff to attend in order to maintain their industry knowledge and are of huge benefit to Sustainable Timber Tasmania in undertaking its special values planning and the implementation of biodiversity provisions of the Forest Practices Code,” said Michelle Howells, Senior People and Culture Advisor, Sustainable Timber Tasmania.

Technical Forest Services was another organization that sent employees along to the course. “They have gained a detailed understanding about the geology of forest soil in Tasmanian forests, thereby enabling them to complete Forest Practice Plans with more confidence and efficiency, said Clive Woolridge, Director at Technical Forest Services of the 2 employees who attended the St Mary’s course.

As a participating employer, Sustainable Timber Tasmania agreed that participation in the TSDS program has resulted in an improvement of their employee’s work practices whilst causing minimal disruption to normal work practices. They also strongly agreed that the program had met their needs in terms of improving employee’s skills, provided value for money in terms of their training dollar and that the training provided by FPA met their expectations. Overall Sustainable Timber Tasmania was very satisfied with their involvement in the TSDS program.

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The Forest Practices Authority (FPA) is an independent statutory body that administers the Tasmanian forest practices system on both public and private land. Its primary responsibility is regulating the management of forest and threatened non-forest vegetation. The FPA also provide information and training on biodiversity.

With the assistance of the TSDS fund, the FPA was able to offer a course to industry on biodiversity. This course gave participants an understanding of the legislation, policy (including objectives and goals), processes and planning tools relating to the management of biodiversity in areas covered by the forest practices system.

Participants were also provided with basic skills and knowledge to apply the biodiversity provisions of the Forest Practices Code when preparing and implementing a forest practices plan, or other planning instrument and attendees have now fulfilled one of the requirements for completing the Forest Practices Officer (FPO) Training Course.

Sustainable Timber Tasmania was one of the organisations that sent employees along to the course. “Courses provided by the Forest Practices Authority such as the Biodiversity course are important for our staff to attend in order to maintain their industry knowledge and are of huge benefit to Sustainable Timber Tasmania in undertaking its special values planning and the implementation of biodiversity provisions of the Forest Practices Code,” said Michelle Howells, Senior People and Culture Advisor,Sustainable Timber Tasmania.

As a participating employer, Sustainable Timber Tasmania agreed that participation in the TSDS program has resulted in an improvement of their employee’s work practices whilst causing minimal disruption to normal work practices. They also strongly agreed that the program had met their needs in terms of improving employee’s skills, provided value for money in terms of their training dollar and that the training provided by FPA met their expectations. Overall, Sustainable Timber Tasmania was very satisfied with their involvement in the TSDS program.

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The Forest Practices Authority (FPA) is an independent statutory body that administers the Tasmanian forest practices system on both public and private land. Its primary responsibility is regulating the management of forest and threatened non-forest vegetation. The FPA also provide information and training on biodiversity.

Overseeing the training of Forest Practices Officers is a function of the FPA under section 4C of the Forest Practices Act 1985. Although training undertaken by the FPA is focused on Forest Practices Officers (FPOs), and other people with training needs to meet the requirements under the Act, course places are occasionally available to others.

With the assistance of the TSDS fund, the FPA was able to offer an FPO course industry at a reduced financial cost to the employers. The course covered:

  • Forest Practices Act 1985
  • FPA policies and Forest Practices Officer responsibilities
  • Road location and construction
  • Timber harvesting
  • Fire management in forest practices
  • Cultural heritage
  • Geomorphology
  • Visual landscape management
  • Native forest silviculture prescriptions
  • Plantation silviculture prescriptions
  • Soils and water
  • Biodiversity
  • Communication/ conflict resolution (incorporated into other units since 2016)
  • Forest Practices Plan Preparation
  • Monitoring and compliance

Successful participants may now apply to FPA to be appointed as a Forest Practices Officer.

Sustainable Timber Tasmania was one of the organisations that sent employees along to the course. “Courses provided by the Forest Practices Authority such as the Forest Practices Officer course are important for our staff to attend in order to maintain their industry knowledge and are of huge benefit to Sustainable Timber Tasmania in undertaking its special values planning and the implementation of biodiversity provisions of the Forest Practices Code,” said Michelle Howells, Senior People and Culture Advisor, Sustainable Timber Tasmania.

As a participating employer, Sustainable Timber Tasmania agreed that participation in the TSDS program has resulted in an improvement in their employee’s work practices whilst causing minimal disruption to normal work practices. They also strongly agreed that the program had met their needs in terms of improving employee’s skills, provided value for money in terms of their training dollar and that the training provided by FPA met their expectations. Overall Sustainable Timber Tasmania was very satisfied with their involvement in the TSDS program.

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The Forest Practices Authority (FPA) is an independent statutory body that administers the Tasmanian forest practices system on both public and private land. Its primary responsibility is regulating the management of forest and threatened non-forest vegetation. The FPA also provide information and training on threatened and endangered species.

With the assistance of the TSDS fund, the FPA was able to offer a course to industry on eagle habitat identification and management. Eagles are listed as a threatened species in Tasmania and as such are a contentious issue for the Tasmanian Forest and Timber Industry. This course trained people involved in forest management from various organisations in understanding and applying the agreed procedures by which eagles are managed. Course participants also gained an understanding of the rationale behind current management recommendations and how the recommended actions should be applied in different scenarios.

Attendees are now accredited in the identification and design of search areas, conducting field searches for nests and conducting activity status checks of nests during the breeding season. These attendees are also permitted to undertake fieldwork in connection with eagle management or develop forest practices plans that include eagle management.

Sustainable Timber Tasmania was one of the organisations that sent employees along to the course. “Courses provided by the Forest Practices Authority such as the Eagle Habitat Identification and Management course are important for our staff to attend in order to maintain their industry knowledge and are of huge benefit to Sustainable Timber Tasmania in undertaking its special values planning and the implementation of biodiversity provisions of the Forest Practices Code,” said Michelle Howells, Senior People and Culture Advisor, Sustainable Timber Tasmania.

As a participating employer, Sustainable Timber Tasmania agreed that participation in the TSDS program has resulted in an improvement in their employee’s work practices whilst causing minimal disruption to normal work practices. They also strongly agreed that the program had met their needs in terms of improving employee’s skills, provided value for money in terms of their training dollar and that the training provided by FPA met their expectations. Overall Sustainable Timber Tasmania was very satisfied with their involvement in the TSDS program.

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This year is the busiest on record for FPA training, with an unprecedented number of courses being offered – many of which are over-subscribed. In April 2017 the FPA successfully bid for $133,750 of funding from the Tasmanian Skills Development Service, which is administered by ForestWorks. This funding covers 80% of the cost of our training for people working in the forest practices system, which has been much appreciated by the participants.

Eagle Management Course

Jason Wiersma ran the Eagle Management Course in June, with one class-based day and one field day (which was offered in both the north and south of the state). Feedback has been very positive from the 34 learners, who were from the following organisations:

  • Sustainable Timber Tasmania 17
  • Technical Forest Services 3
  • DPIPWE 3
  • Forico 2
  • Technical Fire Service 2
  • City of Launceston 2
  • PF Olsen 2
  • Pentarch 1
  • Timberlands 1
  • FPA Board 1.

FPO Training Course

The FPO Training Course has commenced, with two class-based days in both June and July and field trips in August. Modules covered so far are listed below with the presenters’ names:

  • The Forest Practices Act (Tim Leaman)
  • FPA policies and FPO responsibilities (Tim Leaman)
  • Fire management (Kerry Wakefield)
  • Native forest silviculture (Mark Neyland)
  • Visual landscape management (Amy Robertson)
  • Cultural heritage (Peter McIntosh and Aboriginal Heritage Tasmania)
  • Soil and water (Peter McIntosh)
  • Geomorphology (Adrian Slee and Peter McIntosh)
  • Roading (Kerry Wakefield).

Feedback has been very positive from all sessions. Particular credit should be given to Amy Robertson who reviewed and rewrote the material and presented a difficult subject very accessibly.

There are 21 participants:

  • Sustainable Timber Tasmania 11
  • Forico 3
  • Technical Forest Services 2
  • Pentarch 1
  • PF Olsen 1
  • Timberlands 1
  • Tasmania Training and Safety Services 1`
  • Self employed 1.

The course will continue until November with two days every month, except for September when there will be a four-day biodiversity course. These other sessions include at least one day in the forest.

Mick Rawlings is one of the learners currently undertaking the FPO course and he has agreed that the training organisation is flexible enough to meet the learner’s needs and that the trainers possess good knowledge and experience of the industry. He believes they are effective in their training delivery however they can get too technical at times. Mick is undertaking the course for personal development and comments that is is a “ Good course…. Would recommend it to others in our industry.”

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As Tasmania’s largest private forestry management company, Forico represents the transition into a new era in plantation forestry in Tasmania. Forico’s forest management team is strongly focused on developing quality, healthy, innovative and sustainable forestry practices.

Forico identified the need to upskill 24 personnel who undertake on the job training and assessment as part of their roles. A preliminary Training Needs Analysis (TNA) conducted by the Forico People & Culture Manager identified the need for a more consistent approach to on-the-job training and assessment, and to review and improve existing workplace training and assessment tools and practices.

Working with Transtegic and Triple 0 Solutions, an “Introduction to Workplace Training and Assessment” program was designed to meet Forico’s needs. This collaborative approach ensured that the course was practical, relevant and customized specifically for Forico.

The availability of the TSDS fund allowed Forico to receive financial assistance to put their employees through the training and close the skills gap. Participants were issued with a Statement of Attainment for the unit TAEDEL301 – Provide work skill instruction; formal and national recognition of the training they undertook. The course has allowed for improved training and assessment consistency including best practice, reduction in business risk and assist in operational growth and long-term business sustainability.

“We now have ‘in-house’ trainers to assist with the delivery of training and assessment of competence across our internal functions,” said Amanda Slater, Manager People and Culture at Forico. “This was our first experience with Transtegic and we were extremely impressed with their professionalism and delivery of the training,” she said.

Forico Pty Ltd strongly agreed that participation in the TSDS program has resulted in an improvement in their employee’s work practices and skills, provided value for money in terms of their training dollar and that the RTO met their expectation. They also agreed that the training provided caused minimal disruption to normal work practices. Overall Forico were very satisfied with their involvement in the TSDS program and are likely to undertake further training.

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The Padgett Group is a family owned forestry and logistics service provider, operating state-wide in Tasmania and also in Northern Victoria. They are committed to ensuring that their Tasmanian workforce is trained and assessed to the highest possible standards, while ensuring that all aspects of the Forest Safety Code are maintained.

To demonstrate this commitment to training, assessment and safety, the Padgett Group established through an internal skills audit that 18 employees needed to complete the first aid unit of competency – HLTAID003: Provide First Aid.

Working with their training provider, St John’s Ambulance, the Padgett Group were able to submit a TSDS application and receive approval for financial assistance to have these employees trained at the highest possible standard.

This training has been of benefit not only to the learner, but to the organisation as well. “We were very happy to get assistance with the training needs of our business,” said Peter Roozendaal, Manager at KJ Padgett & Co.

The Padgett Group agreed that participation in the TSDS program has resulted in an improvement in their employee’s work practices, the training provided by St John’s met their expectations whilst causing minimal disruption to normal work practices. They strongly agreed that the training provided value for money in terms of their training dollar. Overall the Padgett Groups were very satisfied with their involvement in the TSDS program and are likely to undertake further training.

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Technical Forest Services (TFS) provides various services to the forest growing and management sector of the Tasmanian Forest Industry. Staff are required to be continuously on the forest floor completing various activities throughout the year, including on State Forest land.

TFS identified that 3 of its employees required training so they could obtain a Certificate II Public Safety (Firefighting) – PUA20713, enabling them to work safely on State Forest land and be qualified to provide assistance during the fire season.

The availability of the TSDS fund provided financial support for these 3 employees to travel to Hobart to attend the training, delivered by Handa Solutions.

“It was great to be able to get everyone trained,” said Clive Woolridge of TFS. Clive said he was “very happy with the TSDS fund and the RTO.”

TFS agreed that participation in the TSDS program has resulted in an improvement in their employee’s work practices and skills while causing minimal disruption to normal work practices. They strongly agreed that participation in the program had provided value for money in terms of their training dollar and that the training provided met their expectations. Overall TFS were very satisfied with their involvement in the TSDS program and are likely to undertake further training.

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Home Frame and Truss are a dedicated trade-only site for the construction of framing and trusses, servicing the needs of the Launceston and surrounding Northern Tasmanian areas. Working with Timber Training Creswick, they identified the requirement for 12 employees to undertake training in the unit of competency ‘Using Hand Held Tools – FWPCOT2219’.

Having the employees undertake this training has ensured that they are recognised as having the appropriate skills and are able to perform their job roles in the truss and frame sector safely.

“We were very happy with the RTO. They gave lots of notice of when the training was going to take place,” said Scott Ryland, Frame and Truss Manager. “It was good to get funding to do this training,” he said.

Home Frame and Truss agreed that participation in the TSDS program has resulted in an improvement of their employee’s work practices and skills. They strongly agreed that participation in the program provided value for money, the training delivered by TTC met their expectations while causing minimal disruption to normal work practices. Overall Home Frame and Truss were satisfied with their involvement in the TSDS program and are likely to undertake further training.

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Jones Forest Management is a small organisation operating in the harvesting & haulage sector of the Tasmanian Forest and Timber industry.

Through their commitment to ensuring its workforce are trained and assessed to the highest possible standards, Jones Forest Management worked with the RTO Forest Industries Skills Training (FIST) to establish that 5 employees would greatly benefit from undertaking Certificate III in Harvesting and Haulage training.

“We were very happy to have the chance to get the guys to complete their Certificate III’s in Harvesting and Haulage,” said Belinda Jones, Director at Jones Forest Management. “We were happy with both the fund and the RTO.” The learners were pleased to sign the final paperwork and gain a formal qualification.

Jones Forest Management agreed that participation in the TSDS program has resulted in an improvement in their employee’s work practices and skills while causing minimal disruption to normal work practices. They also strongly agreed that participation in the program had provided value for money in terms of their training dollar and that the training provided met their expectations. Overall Jones Forest Management was very satisfied with their involvement in the TSDS program and are likely to undertake further training.

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Casegrande Lumber Pty Ltd is part of the Kevin Morgan Group of Companies operating in both the harvesting & haulage and sawmilling & processing sectors of the Tasmanian Forest and Timber industry.

Through their commitment to ensuring its workforce are trained and assessed to the highest possible standards, Casegrande identified the requirement for 26 employees to undertake First Aid training.

Undertaking this training with the assistance of the TSDS fund “helps keep employees up to date with First Aid response if needed,” said Craig Morgan, Manager, Kevin Morgan Group of Companies. “Skills are now recognised; if there is an incident employees have the experience to respond.”

Casegrande Lumber Pty Ltd agreed that participation in the TSDS program has resulted in an improvement in their employee’s work practices and strongly agreed that the training had met their needs in terms of improving employee’s skills while causing minimal disruption to normal work practices. They also strongly agreed that participation in the program had provided value for money in terms of their training dollar and that the training provided met their expectations. Overall Casegrande Lumber was very satisfied with their involvement in the TSDS program and are likely to undertake further training.

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Norske Skog is a larger organisation operating in the forest growing and management sector of the Tasmanian Forest and Timber Industry. They are a world leading producer of newsprint and magazine paper, with 7 paper mills in Europe and Australasia, including 1 in Boyer, Southern Tasmania.

Through their commitment to ensuring the Tasmanian industry utilises best practice techniques, Norske Skog Boyer Maintenance identified the opportunity for 2 employees to undertake a ‘Diploma of Engineering, Advanced Trade Certificate. Both of the employees had completed their trade qualification and were required to further their skills and qualifications in the Mechanical field.

Having these employees complete the Advanced Trade Certificate benefits the Tasmanian Forest and Timber Industry through ensuring the education and skills of the maintenance employees, who work on the functionality and reliability of the paper machines and pulp equipment, is kept current. It also allowed them to access and experience the use of new technology and practices to potentially implement for the future improvement of Norske Skog’s machines.

The availability of the TSDS fund allowed these 2 employees to complete the qualification which “promoted training awareness and interest amongst all employees,” said Lauren Poate, Human Resources Associate at Norske Skog. The training “helped to strengthen the bond between employees and the company by supporting their education and training,” she said. The company is now looking to support other employees who have expressed an interest in further training and will continue to work with TasTAFE to achieve it.

Norske Skog agreed that participation in the TSDS program has resulted in an improvement in their employee’s work practices and skills which has led to an improvement in company productivity, and that the training caused minimal disruption to normal work practices. They also strongly agreed that participation in the program had provided value for money in terms of their training dollar and that the training provided met their expectations. Overall Norske Skog were very satisfied with their involvement in the TSDS program and are likely to undertake further training.

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Norske Skog is a larger organisation operating in the forest growing and management sector of the Tasmanian Forest and Timber Industry. They are a world-leading producer of newsprint and magazine paper, with 7 paper mills in Europe and Australasia, including 1 in Boyer, Southern Tasmania.

Through their commitment to ensuring the Tasmanian industry utilises best practice techniques, Norske Skog initiated a project to have various forest managers attend a recently updated aerial spraying course, run by the Centre for Pesticide Application and Safety at the University of Queensland. The Centre has been running the course on aerial spray optimisation in forest protection for three decades. This is recognised by industry as being the official course for all staff involved in decisions and management of aerial spraying of forests. The course is updated each year as regulations, technologies and modelling progress and advance. With rapidly changing trends, the course in 2017 was significantly updated.

Organisations that were involved in the training included Norske Skog, Tasmanian Helicopters, Sustainable Timber Tasmania, Timberlands Pacific, Forico and PF Olsen.

This program benefits forest managers by “raising awareness of best practice and providing confirmation that not only individual companies but the industry as a whole is on the right track,” said Jye Hill, Silviculture Coordinator at Norske Skog. Jye was also a participant on the course and noted how the training benefited him. “Good technical information was provided, improved understanding and improved skills.”

Norske Skog agreed that participation in the TSDS program has resulted in an improvement of their employee’s work practices and skills. They also agreed that participation in the program caused minimal disruption to normal work practices, had provided value for money in terms of their training dollar and that the training provided met their expectations. Overall Norske Skog was very satisfied with their involvement in the TSDS program and are likely to undertake further training.

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Langan Investments Pty Ltd is a small organisation operating in the harvesting & haulage sector of the Tasmanian Forest and Timber industry.

Through their commitment to ensuring its workforce are trained and assessed to the highest possible standards, Langan Investments in conjunction with TasTAFE, identified the requirement for 6 employees to undertake a mix of training including First Aid, Fire Weather Evaluation, Conduct Mechanical Processing, Skidder and Excavator Operations with Grabs.

“I am very happy to get assistance for the training that is a requirement in our industry,” said Sharon Scott, Administration Manager at Langan Investments. Sharon was very pleased with her RTO and the whole TSDS experience.

Langan Investments Pty Ltd agreed that participation in the TSDS program has resulted in an improvement in their employee’s work practices and skills and that the training provided by the RTO met their expectations while causing minimal disruption to normal work practices. They strongly agreed that participation in the program had provided value for money in terms of their training dollar. Overall Langan Investments were very satisfied with their involvement in the TSDS program and are currently undertaking further training.

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Britton Timbers is Australia’s exotic hardwood specialist operating in both the Forest Growing & Management and Sawmilling & Processing sectors of the Tasmanian Forest and Timber Industry.

Through their commitment to ensuring its workforce are trained and assessed to the highest possible standards, Britton Timbers identified the requirement for 17 employees to undertake First Aid training. The 17 employees were a mix of long and short-term timber industry employees identified as being in the position of first on-site to medical emergencies within the sawmill and plantation operations. Having these employees on site with the skills to confidently treat an injured worker will benefit all employees working both in the sawmill and plantation coupes.

“By having trained first aiders on site we are ensuring the health and safety of our workplace,” said Tania Vincent, WHS Coordinator for Britton Timbers.

From the learner’s perspective, “learning the right way to treat an injury has given me the confidence boost to be a first responder in helping an injured co-worker,” said Tye Williams (pictured below), one of the learners involved with this project.

Britton Timbers agreed that participation in the TSDS program has resulted in an improvement in their employee’s work practices and skills. They also agreed that participation in the program caused minimal disruption to normal work practices, had provided value for money in terms of their training dollar and that the training provided met their expectations. Overall Britton Timbers were very satisfied with their involvement in the TSDS program and are likely to undertake further training.

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Collins Contracting Pty Ltd operates in the forest growing and management sector of the Tasmanian Timber and Forest Industry.

Working with TasTAFE Burnie, they identified that 1 of their employees required excavator training so they could perform their job function safely and maintain compliance under the Tasmanian Forest Safety Code 2007.

The training for this employee has “provided more flexibility within our workforce,” said Leah Wells, Office Manager at Collins Contracting Pty Ltd.

Collins Contracting agreed that participation in the TSDS program has resulted in an improvement in their employee’s work practices and skills and has led to an improvement in company productivity. They also agree that participation in the TSDS program has provided value for money in terms of their training dollar and that the training provided by TasTAFE met their expectations. They strongly agree that the training caused minimal disruption to normal work practices. Overall Collins Contracting were satisfied with their involvement in the TSDS program and are likely to undertake further training.

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Artec Pty Ltd is a large employer operating a woodchip facility and sawmill in the Tasmanian Forest and Timber Industry.

Through their commitment to ensuring its workforce are trained and assessed to the highest possible standards Artec, in conjunction with Forest Industries Skills and Training (FIST), identified the requirement for 7 employees to undertake training in a variety of units of competency so that they could perform their job function safely and maintain compliance under the Tasmanian Forest Safety Code 2007.

After the project had been approved and commenced, it was identified that a further 3 employees also required training along with some changes to the units of competency. The flexibility of the TSDS program meant that Artec could submit a change request for approval before the additional learners had commenced their training. Approval was given so all of the 10 identified employees could receive the most appropriate training.

The opportunity afforded by the TSDS program enabled Artec to have the employees undertake this important training. “All now have the skills they require to do their work safely,” said Heather Hammersley of Artec. “It is good to be able to access the funding.”

As noted by one of the learners in this project, “it is good to be able to get additional skills and my skills are now recognised.”

The photos below show learners undertaking training in:

  • FWPHAR3219 – Conduct excavator operations with grabs
  • RIIMPO321E – Conduct civil excavations wheeled front end loader
  • Dozer Chip Pile

Artec Pty Ltd strongly agreed that participation in the TSDS program has resulted in an improvement in their employee’s work practices and skills and provided value for money in terms of their training dollar. They also agreed that the training provided met their expectations and caused minimal disruption to normal work practices. Overall Artec Pty Ltd was very satisfied with their involvement in the TSDS program and are likely to undertake further training.

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Jakari Enterprise Pty Ltd is a log haulage company working for various forest managers in the Tasmanian Forest and Timber Industry.

Through their commitment to ensuring its workforce are trained and assessed to the highest possible standards Jakari, in conjunction with Transqual, identified the requirement for 7 employees to undertake training in Fatigue Management for Drivers so that they could perform their job function safely and maintain compliance under the Tasmanian Forest Safety Code 2007.

The opportunity afforded by the TSDS program enabled Jakari to have their employees undertake this important training. “We are very happy with TSDS funding and the RTO,” said Shannon Williams, Director of Jakari. “We will now be looking to do additional training.”

As noted by one of the learners in this project, “all the drivers were very happy with the training and are showing improvements from it.”

Jakari Enterprises Pty Ltd strongly agreed that participation in the TSDS program has resulted in an improvement in their employee’s work practices and skills and provided value for money in terms of their training dollar. They also strongly agreed that the training provided met their expectations and caused minimal disruption to normal work practices. Overall Jakari Enterprises Pty Ltd was very satisfied with their involvement in the TSDS program and are likely to undertake further training.

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Seamax Pty Ltd is a log haulage company located in Burnie on the North West coast of Tasmania.

Through their commitment to ensuring its workforce are trained and assessed to the highest possible standards Seamax, in conjunction with Transqual, identified the requirement for 5 employees to undertake training in Fatigue Management for Drivers and Complete a Work Diary so that they could perform their job function safely and maintain compliance under the Tasmanian Forest Safety Code 2007.

The opportunity afforded by the TSDS program enabled Seamax to have their employees undertake this important training. “We are very happy to use the fund to make sure our guys are trained to the NHVR requirements,” said Chelsea Jones, Admin Manager at Seamax.

Seamax Pty Ltd strongly agreed that participation in the TSDS program has resulted in an improvement in their employee’s work practices and skills, provided value for money in terms of their training dollar and the training provided met their expectations. They also agreed that the training caused minimal disruption to normal work practices. Overall Seamax Pty Ltd was very satisfied with their involvement in the TSDS program and are likely to undertake further training.

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Forest Planters Enterprises is a small organization operating in the Forest Growing and Management sector. Through their commitment to ensuring that its Tasmanian workforce is trained and assessed to the highest possible standards while ensuring that all aspects of a safe and compliant workplace are maintained, it was identified that 15 employees needed to complete training and assessment in First Aid.

Working with the RTO OnRoad OffRoad, the employees undertook a tailored HLTAID003 Apply First Aid course, taking the academic and literary skills of the learners into consideration.

With funding support from the TSDS program, “we have been able to ensure staff can react and provide support to any incident relating to first aid,” said Russell Lowery, Silviculture Manager at Forest Planters Enterprises.

“These skills are necessary and required when staff work remotely and first aid training can save a workmate’s life,” said one of the learners.

Forest Planters Enterprises strongly agreed that participation in the TSDS program has resulted in an improvement in their employee’s work practices and that it met their needs in terms of improving employee’s skills. They also strongly agreed that this training caused minimal disruption to normal work practices, that the training provided value for money and that the training provided by OnRoad OffRoad met their expectations. Overall, Forest Planters Enterprises were very satisfied with their involvement in the TSDS program and are likely to undertake further training.

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Technical Forest Services (TFS) provides various services to the forest growing and management sector of the Tasmanian Forest Industry. Staff are required to be continuously on the forest floor completing various activities throughout the year.

As an employer TFS has a duty of care to its employees to ensure they have the appropriate training to help manage risk while they work autonomously across the state. One of the risks employees face is snake encounters, particularly as three types of venomous snakes are found in Tasmania and they inhabit all forest and agricultural areas. It was identified that all ground-based staff would benefit from a snake awareness and safety course specifically designed for people working in and around snake habitats. As such TFS applied for TSDS funding and were given the approval to have their employees attend the course.

The hands-on course covered the following topics;

  • snakebite specific first aid
  • snake habitats
  • snake movement and aggression triggers
  • snake containment if required.

While this course is not delivered by an RTO and is not aligned to a national unit of competency, the flexibility of the TSDS program allowed this course to be approved based on its benefit to the 10 learners who attended.

“We have been able to work more comfortably in our outdoor environment knowing what actions to take around snakes,” said Marc Nunan of TFS. Marc found the training beneficial by “confirming any previously held knowledge about snakes and identifying new processes about handling and interacting with snakes.”

TFS agreed that participation in the TSDS program has resulted in an improvement in their employee’s work practices and skills. They also agreed that participation in the program caused minimal disruption to normal work practices, had provided value for money in terms of their training dollar and that the training provided met their expectations. Overall TFS were satisfied with their involvement in the TSDS program.

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Mechanised Logging has been providing a specialised timber harvesting service to the softwood and hardwood plantation timber industry since 1994. The success of the services offered throughout the Northern regions of Tasmania has been built on developing a systematic approach to harvesting operations that maximises time and production efficiencies.

Mechanised Logging has always been proactive in introducing the latest technologies to the Tasmanian Timber Industry, and using it to offer the greatest opportunity to maximise the yields from the valuable Tasmanian timber resource.

Working with RPAS Training & Solutions, Mechanised Logging established that Anthony Brown, their Managing Director would greatly benefit from undertaking a Remote Pilot’s License (RePL) and CASA Operations Manual (ReOC) combination bundle. This training is of a high standard and can be quite challenging with exams that must be passed at the completion of the course.

“We are now able to safely and legally use the drone within our company operations, providing us with many advantages including pre-harvest inspections, harvest surveillance, skills training surveillance, quality inspections of post-harvest restoration and aerial video material for public relations and marketing purposes,” said Jillian Aylett Brown, Manager – Business Systems at Mechanised Logging.

“Through this training I have gained my Remote Pilot License, providing the legal qualification to fly drones in the workplace,” said Anthony. “I have also acquired a higher skill level which enables me to safely and expertly use the drone to perform various tasks in the workplace, providing many benefits to our business model, and the opportunity to offer our clients a superior service.”

Mechanised Logging strongly agreed that participation in the TSDS program has resulted in an improvement in their employee’s work practices and skills, provided value for money and the training delivered by RPAS met their expectations. The training caused minimal disruption to normal work practices and participation in the program has led to an improvement in the organisation’s productivity. Overall Mechanised Logging were very satisfied with their involvement in the TSDS program and are likely to undertake further training.

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Bazza Jack is a small organisation operating in the Harvesting and Haulage sector. Through their commitment to ensuring that its Tasmanian workforce is trained and assessed to the highest possible standards while ensuring that all aspects of a safe and compliant workplace are maintained, it was identified that 2 employees needed to complete training and assessment in First Aid.

Working with the RTO St John’s Ambulance, the 2 long-term timber industry employees were identified as being in the position of potential first on-site to a medical emergency so they undertook an HLTAID003 Apply First Aid course.

With funding support from the TSDS program, learner Damien McLaren benefited from the training as he needed to keep his first aid up to date to ensure he was suitably trained and confident should his assistance be required at an on-site emergency.

“It was great to use the fund for this training,” said Wendy Evans of Bazza Jack Pty Ltd who was very happy with the whole TSDS program. “We are now working with an RTO to put in another application.”

Bazza Jack agreed that participation in the TSDS program has resulted in an improvement in their employee’s work practices whilst causing minimal disruption. They strongly agreed that this training improved the employee’s skills, provided value for money and that the training provided by St John’s Ambulance met their expectations. Overall, Bazza Jack was satisfied with their involvement in the TSDS program and are likely to undertake further training.

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As Tasmania’s largest private forestry management company, Forico represents the transition into a new era in plantation forestry in Tasmania. Forico’s forest management team is strongly focused on developing quality, healthy, innovative and sustainable forestry practices.

Forico’s management program focuses on optimizing plantation growth whilst keeping risk to a minimum. As such, it was identified that 10 learners should undergo fire training which would provide great benefit to both the company and the industry.

The 10 identified learners were trained by Timber Training Creswick in;

  • Fire Weather Evaluation
  • Bushfire Awareness and
  • Wildfire Suppression.

This fire training conducted with the support of the TSDS program has benefited the business as “fire training is a requirement for staff and contractors who participate in wildfire / planned burning activities,” said Adam Crook, Native Forest and Fire Management Coordinator at Forico.

Forico Pty Ltd agreed that participation in the TSDS program has resulted in an improvement in their employee’s work practices and strongly agreed it has resulted in an improvement to employee’s skills while causing minimal disruption to normal work practices. They also strongly agreed that participation in the program had provided value for money in terms of their training dollar and that the training provided met their expectations. Overall Forico were satisfied with their involvement in the TSDS program and are likely to undertake further training.

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“Forest operations have historically presented a considerable number of ‘high risk’ hazards for operators with many employees suffering fatal or debilitating injuries” (Forest Safety Code 2007, p.8.). As an employer in the Tasmanian Forest and Timber Industry, Sustainable Timber Tasmania (STT) must provide for safe work practices and act to prevent injury. In addition, it must also provide suitable training and supervision to employees and contractors to enable them to perform their work in forest operations in a manner that is safe from injury and risk.

A growing body of research supports the importance of frontline managers and how they act to safely lead their teams. As part of its commitment to safety for its employees and contractors, STT partnered with Leading Safety to deliver the ‘Be A Legend’ program to enable its frontline supervisors, team leaders and ‘bush bosses’ to step up to lead and improve health and safety performance in their teams and crews.

The program is specifically designed for the forest industry and aims to develop the knowledge, mindset and practices of frontline leaders necessary to shape and support safe mindsets and practices in their teams and crews. It provides frontline leaders with an understanding of the importance of their mindset and practices in shaping and sustaining health and culture as well as the tools and resources to be effective frontline safety leaders.

Given that the application was outside the TSDS guidelines due to the non-recognised training and training delivery via a non-approved RTO, the TSDS project team sought advice and guidance from the TSDS Steering Committee in order to have the project approved. The TSDS fund can be used to support non-standard training as long as the benefits to the Tasmanian Forest and Timber Industry can be clearly demonstrated, which in this case they were.

“The program achieved our aim of raising awareness in the attendees of their roles as safety leaders in the workplace and in providing them with the tools and strategies for better safety performance in their daily operations,” said Greg Hickey, General Manager of Forest Products at STT. “While the full benefits of this program will take some time to quantify, its effect is already apparent in the way some crews are now operating and improving trends in both the number of incidents and their management.”

“The program highlighted modern techniques to provide leadership in identifying and managing behavioural issues within our industry generally and more specifically pertaining toward occupational health and safety,” said 1 of the 80 employees and contractors who undertook this training. “It provided strategies to communicate as a leader, to communicate shortcomings in conduct to co-workers, to create a culture of accountability and an understanding of the importance of feedback to create a positive multidirectional conversation. The course provided methods to encourage behavioural consciousness and to achieve the common goal of a healthy functional work environment.”

STT agreed that participation in the TSDS program has resulted in an improvement in the learner’s work practices, met their needs in terms of improving employee’s skills and the training caused minimal disruption to normal work practices

STT strongly agreed that participation in the TSDS program provided value for money in terms of training dollars and that the training provided met their expectations. Overall, STT was very satisfied with their involvement in the TSDS program and are likely to undertake further training.

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Timber Haulage Tasmania Pty Ltd is a small organisation operating in the harvesting & haulage sectors of the Tasmanian Forest and Timber industry.

Through their commitment to ensuring its workforce are trained and assessed to the highest possible standards, Timber Haulage Tasmania in conjunction with TasTAFE, identified the requirement for 1 employee to undertake a Certificate III in Harvesting and Haulage. This has allowed the learner to become a relief operator on their mechanical harvesting operation, which in turn has increased their productivity capability.

“I am more confident in my management and supervisory roles when on site,” said learner Luke Woodhouse. “I have been able to better contribute to team discussions in relation to problem-solving and general issues.”

“Luke now has a more thorough understanding of his role within our company which has assisted with his management responsibilities and overall team effectiveness,” said Sarani Woodhouse, Director at Timber Haulage Tasmania.

Timber Haulage Tasmania Pty Ltd strongly agreed that participation in the TSDS program has resulted in an improvement in their employee’s work practices and skills while causing minimal disruption to normal work practices. They also agreed that participation in the program had provided value for money in terms of their training dollar and that the training provided met their expectations. Overall Timber Haulage Tasmania was very satisfied with their involvement in the TSDS program and are likely to undertake further training.

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Woodstock Forest Services is a small organization operating in the Forest Growing and Management sector. Woodstock Forest Services is committed to ensuring that its Tasmanian workforce is trained and assessed to the highest possible standards while ensuring that all aspects of a safe and compliant workplace are maintained.

Working with the TasTAFE it was identified that 15 employees needed to complete training and assessment in a variety of units of competency including tree faller, civil construction excavator operation, chemical handling, brush-cutter operations and forklift training.

During the course of the project, it was identified that some changes to the units being trained would better suit the learner’s needs. The flexibility of the TSDS program allowed change requests to be submitted and approved to ensure Woodstock Forest Services employees received the most appropriate training to suit their requirements.

“We are very happy with the fund and will be using it again if needed,” said Scott Rigby, Director/Operations Manager at Woodstock Forest Services. “Training was flexible to our needs and it will give us an opportunity to build.”

Woodstock Forest Services agreed that participation in the TSDS program has resulted in an improvement in their employee’s work practices and that it met their needs in terms of improving employee’s skills. They also strongly agreed that this training caused minimal disruption to normal work practices, that the training provided value for money and that the training provided by TasTAFE met their expectations. Overall, Woodstock Forest Services were very satisfied with their involvement in the TSDS program and are likely to undertake further training.

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Sustainable Timber Tasmania (STT) has undergone significant changes to its structure and business processes in recent years. The most significant of these changes were outlined by the Minister for Resources, Mr Guy Barnett, on 26 October 2016, which set out the Government’s plan to restructure Forestry Tasmania into STT by 1 July 2017.

The transition to STT included changes to how the business operates with an organisation restructure, new revenue contracts, several changes in offices including head office, a focus on cost reduction, changes to a number of core systems and processes, and rebranding to STT.

As STT restructured to a sustainable model, it needed to ensure its workforce was able to successfully make the transition. The restructure and reorganisation of roles meant that STT’s people had to deal with many changes to their job scope, assume different roles/tasks or undertake tasks using different processes. There was a risk of losing key staff throughout these changes and STT identified the need to invest in and retain its workforce for the transition to be successful.

To that end STT collaborated with Frameworks for Change to develop two programs to mitigate the loss of key staff through change and to ultimately support its business objectives. These programs were delivered in the south of Tasmania to 38 learners in August/September 2017. Feedback from these sessions was very positive with learners providing the following feedback;

“The training is very timely. You are encouraged to contribute, the material is relevant and you are made to feel valued during the session.”

“Very effective and illustrative training on managing change.”

“It is a good course especially during and after the change process.”

“Very thought provoking with some interesting strategies introduced.”

Given the success of the initial program the training was delivered to the remainder of STT’s people statewide. In addition, feedback from the original sessions included: “It would be great if we as staff weren’t segregated from the managers so that they didn’t hear the outcomes secondhand.”

In response, STT combined the two programs into one and invited both managers and teams to attend group sessions. STT were able to train an additional 72 learners in this program.

Louissa Johnson, People & Culture Consultant at STT noted “the Being At Your Best program provided an opportunity for our staff to look at their current change experiences and identify personal motivators and strategies to manage these changes in the best way. The groups then worked together to articulate their desired change management culture for STT moving forward.”

“I don’t normally feel all that confident talking in a group but Claudia (the trainer) made us all feel comfortable enough to speak up. Everyone contributed, even the quiet ones. Claudia is an excellent communicator that brings relevance to our situation here at STT,” said one of the learners.

STT strongly agreed that participation in the TSDS program met their needs in terms of improving employee’s skills, provided value for money in terms of training dollars and the training provided met expectations.  STT agreed that involvement in the TSDS program resulted in an improvement to their employee’s work practices and that the training caused minimal disruption to normal work practices. Overall STT was very satisfied with their involvement in the TSDS program and is likely to undertake further training.

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Ta Ann Tasmania Pty Ltd (Ta Ann) is a medium sized employer in the wood panel and board production sector of the Tasmanian Forest and Timber industry. They were established in 2007 to make better use of previously wood chipped eucalypt regrowth log billets by peeling them to create a high value veneer for the domestic and international market.

Operating two veneer mills and a plywood plant, Ta Ann is a socially and environmentally responsible company and is committed to best practice in the development of new eucalypt wood products. To that end, Ta Ann worked with Arbre Forest Industries Training and Careers Hub Inc. to determine the best way to address their current and future training needs.

The availability of funding under the Training and Skills Development Service (TSDS) meant that Ta Ann were able to apply for, and were approved, to have Arbre compile 8 workforce development plans across both of their production sites in Smithton and Southwood. Completing these workforce development plans has created a clear plan for the training and development of their staff.

“We are very satisfied with TSDS and the training that is being funded under it,” said Troy Geeves of Ta Ann. “I am very satisfied with the workforce development plans completed by Arbre.”

Ta Ann agreed with training requirements identified in the workforce development plans and strongly agreed that the planning conducted by Arbre met their expectations, caused minimal disruption to normal work practices and provided value for money in terms of their training dollar. Overall Ta Ann were very satisfied with their involvement in the TSDS program and are likely to undertake training as a result of this program.

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The University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) Forest Industries Research Centre (FIRC) is focused on issues as they relate to the forestry value chain, thus the economic and environmental sustainability of forest industries.

The FIRC identified an opportunity to hold workshops discussing the emerging technology of cable assisted harvesting for the Tasmanian Timber and Forest Industry. Learning about this type of harvesting is of great benefit to those in the forest growing and management and harvesting and haulage sectors of the industry. Many of the steep-slope harvesting coupes in Tasmania have previously been harvested using expensive cable yarding systems before being replanted.

Timber harvesting on steep terrain has always been, and will remain, a challenge in terms of economic viability, safety and environmental performance. For almost a century motor-manual felling coupled with cable yarding has been the most appropriate harvesting system, but new technologies and innovations have led to machines and systems being developed that are modernizing harvesting operations on steep terrain. Specifically, they provide the opportunity for the mechanization of operations with proven improvements in both safety and cost effectiveness. The additional development of cable-assist machines is potentially making a real step-change by expanding their operating range onto very steep slopes.

Many developments have increased the ability to successfully harvest on steep terrain using ground-based equipment. Improvements have included additions such as self-leveling cabs for operator comfort, and more recently significant modifications of carrier bases to improve traction and stability. A possible major step-change has been the development of cable-assist technology. Cable-assist systems can significantly increase the ability to operate on steep slopes and avoid soil-damaging slip, but the actual implementation and understanding of its limitations is in their infancy.

The cable assisted harvesting workshops covered;

  • the current machines and systems being used in other countries like New Zealand
  • the definition and calculation of slope, operating limits, traction, tension, shock loading and winching types and principles
  • examination of wire ropes, wear, fatigue and connections
  • reviewed steep terrain safety assessment systems.

As a result of market change and demand the Tasmanian Timber & Forest Industry need to explore such new advancements in harvesting technology, while maintaining the current safety standards. The availability of the fund allowed FIRC to work with Eva James, TSDS Project Manager, and submit an application to run 2 workshops – 1 in Hobart and 1 in Launceston – to provide this unique learning opportunity to as many people working in the forest management and harvesting and haulage sectors as possible.

As the application was outside the TSDS guidelines it was presented to the Chair of the TSDS Steering Committee and approval was given. Forest Managers were notified of the learning opportunity and 40 learners from a range of organisations were able to attend the workshops. Organisations that were involved in the workshops included Timberlands Pacific, Forico, Nothrop Logging, Orana Enterprises, PF Olsen, Mechanised Logging, Worksafe Tasmania, Sustainable Timber Tasmania, NSPM, Forest Practices Authority, Muskett’s, Norske Skog and Smartfibre.

“This program has provided harvesting contractors and people from the forest industry with theoretical and practical knowledge on steep terrain ground-based harvesting,” said Mauricio Acuna, USC Senior Research Fellow who conducted the workshops. “Knowledge in harvesting technology and best planning and operation practices will be fundamental to conduct operations in these steep areas in Tasmania efficiently and safely.”

Martin Strandgard, USC Senior Research Fellow also commented that “the workshop introduced attendees to the basics of tethered harvesting operations which could reduce costs in harvest areas with small steep areas currently requiring a combination of ground-based and cable harvesting systems.”

The USC FIRC strongly agreed that participation by industry representatives met their expectations. They were very satisfied with their involvement in the TSDS program and are likely to apply for further training funds where their research identifies a training need.

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Fielding Logging is a small organisation operating in the Harvesting and Haulage sector of the Tasmanian Timber and Forest Industry. As an employer they are committed to ensuring all employees are suitably trained and hold a FOLS card that reflects the skills that they have been trained in, so that they are able to perform their job function safely.

Working with TasTAFE, it was identified that 2 employees required training in Load and Unload Plant and a TSDS application was submitted and approved to support this training.

“I was very happy to be able to access training under the TSDS program and I was very happy with TasTAFE,” said Director, Glenys Fielding. The availability of the TSDS program means “we can make sure that we have all the skills we need to our work.”

Fielding Logging agreed that participation in the TSDS program has resulted in an improvement in their employee’s work practices and skills while causing minimal disruption to normal work practices. They strongly agreed that participation in the program provided value for money in terms of their training dollar whilst causing minimal disruption to normal work practices and the training provided by TasTAFE met their expectations. Overall Fielding Logging was very satisfied with his involvement in the TSDS program and is already undertaking further training.

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Adrian Dodd runs a small organization in the Harvesting and Haulage sector of the Tasmanian Timber and Forest Industry. As an employer he is committed to ensuring all employees are suitably trained and hold a FOLS card that reflects the skills that they have been trained in, so that they are able to perform their job function safely.

Working with TasTAFE, it was identified that 1 employee required training in Fall Trees Manually (advanced) and a TSDS application was submitted and approved to support this training.

“I was very happy with the training and the fund,” said Director, Adrian Dodd. “It has ensured we are able to keep skills up to date.”

Adrian agreed that participation in the TSDS program has resulted in an improvement in their employee’s work practices and skills while causing minimal disruption to normal work practices. He strongly agreed that participation in the program provided value for money in terms of their training dollar and the training provided by TasTAFE met their expectations. Overall Adrian was satisfied with his involvement in the TSDS program and is likely to undertake further training.

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BR & KF Muskett & Sons Pty Ltd (Musketts) operates in the harvesting and haulage sector of the Tasmanian Timber and Forest Industry and has grown over recent years. Musketts has am increased heavy vehicle log truck fleet and personnel are expanding to meet their contractual requirements.

Whilst all of Muskett’s haulage drivers hold the required permits and heavy vehicle licenses for the type and size of truck they are responsible for operating, to ensure they continue to operate at the highest possible safety standard it was determined through an internal skills audit that their business and employees would benefit from additional truck driving training.

Working with Westdale, they developed a training and in-cabin assessment program for their business comprising an assessor spending 8 hours of in-cabin time with each driver, observing them on the road as they go about their daily operations and provide advice and instruction where required.

The project involved training for 16 hours per week, for approximately 12 weeks for 23 employees.

This program benefited the business by providing “safer drivers, improved planning, safer following distance and improved courtesy,” said Helen Wright, Office Manager at Musketts.

From a learner’s perspective, “I feel more confident to carry out daily tasks,” said Daniel Boxal of Musketts.

Musketts strongly agreed that participation in the TSDS program has resulted in an improvement in their employee’s work practices and agreed that the program had met their needs in terms of improving employee’s skills whilst causing minimal disruption to normal work practices.

They strongly agreed that the training was value for money in terms of their training dollar and met their expectations. Overall Musketts were very satisfied with their involvement in the TSDS program and are likely to undertake further training.

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CMTP Pty Ltd operates in the sawmilling and processing sector of the Tasmanian Timber and Forest Industry.

Working with TasTAFE North West, they identified that 4 of their employees required training in workplace health and safety hazard identification, risk assessment and risk control so they could perform their job functions safely and maintain compliance under the Tasmanian Forest Safety Code 2007.

It was decided that this training would take place at the Dorset Trade Training Centre in conjunction with another TSDS funded project. The trainer felt that the participants were all fully engaged and that it was a very positive training session. The Trade Training Centre took the opportunity to promote the training and the TSDS fund via their social media channels – see image below.

“It has allowed us to up-skill our employees, providing local training and good value for money,” said Dale Jessup, General Manager of CMTP Pty Ltd.

CMTP Pty Ltd agreed that participation in the TSDS program has resulted in an improvement in their employee’s work practices and company productivity and they strongly agreed that participation in the program had met their needs in terms of improving employee’s skills.

They strongly agreed that the training provided by TasTAFE North West under this program was value for money and met their expectations and agreed this caused minimal disruption to normal work practices. Overall CMTP Pty Ltd were very satisfied with their involvement in the TSDS program and are likely to undertake further training.

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As Tasmania’s largest private forestry management company, Forico represents the transition into a new era in plantation forestry in Tasmania. Forico’s forest management team is strongly focused on developing quality, healthy, innovative and sustainable forestry practices.

Forico’s management program focuses on optimizing plantation growth whilst keeping risk to a minimum. As such, it was identified that Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) technology could provide great benefit to the management of the Forico plantation estate. The ability to monitor forest health and growth across a wide area of land, more efficiently than is currently employed and in a much safer manner than risking injury from traversing uneven ground covered in forest obstacles.

Working with Victorian UAS Training, a training operator registered with the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), and with the assistance made available through the TSDS program, Forico were able to have 14 employees undertake an accredited course in sub 2 kilogram RPA.

“The training introduced additional staff to emerging innovative technology which has the potential to make some of their existing tasks more efficient and provide greater detail,” said James Dick, Resource Information Officer at Forico. “It also introduced possible applications that were not previously considered.”

Forico Pty Ltd agreed that participation in the TSDS program has resulted in an improvement in their employee’s work practices and skills while causing minimal disruption to normal work practices. They also agreed that participation in the program had led to an improvement in company productivity, provided value for money in terms of their training dollar and that the training provided met their expectations. Overall Forico were satisfied with their involvement in the TSDS program.

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Woodhouse & Sons is a small employer in the harvesting and haulage sector of the Tasmanian Forest and Timber industry

Working with RII Skills Centre, in partnership with Tasmanian Safety & Training Service, Woodhouse & Sons identified that 4 of their truck drivers required training and assessment in Apply fatigue management strategies (TLIF2010A) and Complete a work diary (TLIE3028A). The units are a requirement for drivers to be accredited through the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator.

This training is of benefit to the industry as it ensures that drivers operating in the forestry industry are vigilant when it comes to the fatigue of themselves and other drivers hauling logs. It is also critical that work diaries are recorded with the correct information and are in accordance with policies, procedures and legislation.

“We have not been able to utilize these employees to their full potential. (Thanks to training made available via the TSDS fund we have) increased driving hours which means greater productivity for our business,” said Sarani Woodhouse, Office Manager at Woodhouse & Sons. “Our drivers have commented that they are now able to complete their loads without having to panic about driving hour restrictions. Their confidence is boosted due to them being able to work to the same standards as other drivers.”

Woodhouse & Sons strongly agreed that participation in the TSDS program has resulted in an improvement in their employee’s work practices and skills while causing minimal disruption to normal work practices. Participation in this program has led to an improvement in the organisation’s productivity. They strongly agreed that the training provided value for money and that the training provided by RII Skills Centre met their expectations. Overall Woodhouse & Sons were very satisfied with their involvement in the TSDS program and are likely to undertake further training.

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Casegrande Lumber Pty Ltd is part of the Kevin Morgan Group of Companies operating in both the harvesting & haulage and sawmilling & processing sectors of the Tasmanian Forest and Timber industry.

Through their commitment to ensuring its workforce are trained and assessed to the highest possible standards, Casegrande identified the requirement for 26 employees to undertake First Aid training.

Undertaking this training with the assistance of the TSDS fund “helps keep employees up to date with First Aid response if needed,” said Craig Morgan, Manager, Kevin Morgan Group of Companies. “Skills are now recognised; if there is an incident employees have the experience to respond.”

Casegrande Lumber Pty Ltd agreed that participation in the TSDS program has resulted in an improvement in their employee’s work practices and strongly agreed that the training had met their needs in terms of improving employee’s skills while causing minimal disruption to normal work practices. They also strongly agreed that participation in the program had provided value for money in terms of their training dollar and that the training provided met their expectations. Overall Casegrande Lumber were very satisfied with their involvement in the TSDS program and are likely to undertake further training.

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Arbre Forest Industries Training & Careers Hub Inc. is a not-for-profit organisation, created by industry leaders to promote careers within the Tasmanian Timber and Forest Industry. (Arbre’s primary function is to capture any interest in the industry, then offer a pre-employment training program to cater for that interest.)

Arbre worked with industry and the RTO TransTrain to develop a Log Truck Driver SAFE Driving Program, which covers the delivery and assessment of 2 units of competency;

TLIB2004A Carry out vehicle inspection, and FPICOT3261 Transport forestry logs using trucks.

Log trucks, the logs being transported and the drivers themselves are the unofficial face of the Tasmanian Forest and Timber Industry. Establishing an industry standard such as Professional Log Truck Driver SAFE Driving Program helps lift and maintain the safety standards within the industry this also meets the broader community’s expectation of a well-trained, safe and professional workforce. This pilot program is funded by Skills Tasmania under the Skills Fund.

To enhance the learning and professional development outcomes from this pilot it was identified that a verification of competency for Excavator with grabs would be of benefit, not only to the industry, but to the truck drivers and their employers as well.

All log truck drivers entering a Tasmanian logging coupe that are required to load logs themselves must hold a current FWPHAR3219 conduct excavator operations with grabs. Completing this refresher has strengthened what was learnt in the Professional Log Truck Driver SAFE Driving Program.

In this project Arbre Hub coordinated the learners and worked with AFCA (Australian Forest Contractors Association) to provide verification of currency training with 37 log truck drivers.

Denise DeBattista, Administration Manager at Arbre Hub said, “the current feedback from contractors involved in this project is that they would like to have the rest of their drivers complete this accreditation.”

Both Arbre and AFCA strongly agreed that participation in the TSDS program has resulted in an improvement in the learners work practices and skills whilst causing minimal disruption to normal work practices. The training provided met expectations and it was agreed that the program provided value for money in terms of training dollars. Overall both parties were very satisfied with their involvement in the TSDS program and are likely to undertake further training.

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HJ & MJ Stacey Pty Ltd is a small company operating in the harvesting & haulage sector of the Tasmanian Forest and Timber industry.

Through their commitment to ensuring its workforce are trained and assessed to the highest possible standards, HJ & MJ Stacey Pty Ltd, working with TasTAFE, identified the requirement for 3 employees to undertake various training including First Aid, Tree Falling, Chainsaw Harvesting, Excavator Operations and Fire Weather Evaluation.

“We are very happy with training provided and that it was funded under the TSDS program,” said Maxine Stacey, of HJ & MJ Stacey Pty Ltd. “We were also very happy that we could use the assessor we wanted.”

At the completion teleconference held by the TSDS Project Manager, employers are able to confirm the names of learners who have completed training and they are given the opportunity to advise whether they were happy with how the project went. Maxine indicated that she was very happy with the TSDS program and the training provided.

HJ & MJ Stacey Pty Ltd agreed that participation in the TSDS program has resulted in an improvement in their employee’s work practices and skills. They also agreed that participation in the program caused minimal disruption to normal work practices, had provided value for money in terms of their training dollar and that the training provided met their expectations. Overall HJ & MJ Stacey Pty Ltd were satisfied with their involvement in the TSDS program.

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Sustainable Timber Tasmania (STT) is committed to using technology to leverage its current strengths and to position itself to become an even stronger and more adaptable organisation into the future. One of its key goals is to improve the efficiency of STT’s operations by ensuring its people have access to appropriate technology and are highly skilled in its use so as to successfully undertake their job activities to meet business objectives.

Drone technology is one such area which offers STT the opportunity to be at the forefront in the application of emerging technology within the forest industry. STT recently acquired a drone for use in its production and forest management activities. Key staff members have been identified to join a working group on the implementation and use of the drone for:

  • planning and assessing regeneration and fuel reduction burns
  • assessing seed crops
  • assessing potential hollow bearing trees and other visual surveys.

The University of Tasmania offered a short course in the “Understanding of drone technologies and applications” which gave STT staff foundational knowledge and practical skills to make the most of drone technology generally and the application of STT’s drone program.

“The employees that attended the course came back with knowledge of, and exposure to, a range of potential applications for this emerging technology. Of specific interest was the thermal imaging, importance of a fit-for-purpose platform and potential to do quantity surveys on assets such as quarry stockpiles. While we may not implement the technology directly in-house, it has given some staff a perspective on options for remote sensing that could be potentially contracted in. The course also highlighted that the technology is currently focused on fields and agriculture, with limited forays into the forested environment. In this respect our practitioners have an opportunity to lead UAV application development and courses like these provide background knowledge to do so” said a spokesperson for STT.

Adrian Walls was one of STT’s staff selected to attend the course and he had this to say about his experience, “this course has given me a good understanding and knowledge of all the aspects required to use a drone to capture aerial imagery for our business. It has supplied reference material, contacts and recommended software and procedures, which will improve the quality of our product.”

STT agreed that participation in the Training and Skills Development Service (TSDS) resulted in an improvement to their employees’ work practices and skills, while causing minimal disruption to normal work practices. Overall, STT were very satisfied with their involvement in the TSDS program and are likely to undertake further training.

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Sustainable Timber Tasmania has undergone significant changes to its structure and business processes in recent years. The most significant of these changes were outlined by the Minister for Resources, Mr Guy Barnett, on 26 October 2016, which set out the Government’s plan to restructure Forestry Tasmania into Sustainable Timber Tasmania by 1 July 2017.

The transition to Sustainable Timber Tasmania has included changes to how the business operates; an organisation restructure; new revenue contracts put in place; several changes in offices, including head office; a focus on cost reduction; changes to a number of core systems and processes; and rebranding to Sustainable Timber Tasmania.

Sustainable Timber Tasmania needs to support its workforce as the restructure and reorganisation of roles has meant that its people have to deal with many changes to their job scope, assume different roles/tasks or undertake tasks using different processes. There is a risk of losing key staff throughout these changes and Sustainable Timber Tasmania therefore recognised the need to invest in and retain its workforce.

To that end, Sustainable Timber Tasmania collaborated with Frameworks for Change to develop two programs to mitigate the loss of key staff through change and to ultimately support its business objectives. These programs were delivered in the south of Tasmania to 38 learners in August/September 2017. Feedback from these sessions was very positive with learners providing the following feedback.

“The training is very timely. You are encouraged to contribute, the material is relevant and you are made to feel valued during the session. I don’t normally feel that confident talking in a group but Claudia made us all feel comfortable enough to speak up. Everyone contributed, even the quiet ones. Claudia is an excellent communicator that brings relevance to our situation here at Sustainable Timber Tasmania,” said one of the participants.

Given the success of the program Sustainable Timber Tasmania has now sought funding for, and has been given approval to deliver this training to those people who were unable to attend the sessions in the south and also to the remainder of its people in the north and north east of Tasmania.

Louissa Johnson, People & Culture Consultant at Sustainable Timber Tasmania noted that “the Being At Your Best program provided an opportunity for our staff to look at their current change experiences and identify personal motivators and strategies to manage these changes

in the best way. The groups then worked together to articulate their desired change management culture for Sustainable Timber Tasmania moving forward.”

Sustainable Timber Tasmania strongly agreed that participation in the TSDS program has resulted in an improvement in the learners work practices, met their needs in terms of improving employee’s skills, provided value for money in terms of training dollars and the training provided met expectations.  Sustainable Timber Tasmania agreed that the training caused minimal disruption to normal work practices. Overall Sustainable Timber Tasmania was very satisfied with their involvement in the TSDS program and is likely to undertake further training.

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Sustainable Timber Tasmania (STT) is committed to ensuring all its employees are suitably trained and hold a FOLS card that reflects the skills that they have been trained in, so that they are able to perform their job function safely.

Working with TasTAFE, STT identified that two of their employees required assessment in Fall Trees Manually (advanced) and a TSDS application was submitted and approved to support this training.

“The training that I completed helped me with my reaccreditation for my FOLS card which is a requirement for my job,” said Phillip Cole, one of the learners involved in the project.

“FOLS reaccreditation is essential for our staff in order to carry out the requirements of their roles,” said Louissa Johnson, People and Culture, STT.

STT agreed that participation in the TSDS program has resulted in an improvement in their employee’s work practices and skills while causing minimal disruption to normal work practices. They strongly agreed that participation in the program provided value for money in terms of their training dollar and the training provided by the RTO met their expectations. Overall STT were very satisfied with their involvement in the TSDS program and are likely to undertake further training.

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Sustainable Timber Tasmania (STT) manages and develops geographic information system (GIS) services and acts as the principal advisor on spatial data and GIS related matters to both internal and external stakeholders to inform sustainable, effective and efficient forest management.

The data that the GIS services utilises is stored in Oracle databases. In order for STT to administer these databases and ensure key information is available for stakeholders, staff have to have a firm foundation in the administration of an Oracle database, its architecture and how to support, manage and recover it in an effective and efficient manner.

Following consultation with Oracle University in Sydney, it was determined that undertaking the Oracle Database 12c: Administration Workshop Ed 3 course would ensure that STT’s Senior Systems Administrator had the skills to effectively manage database resources. This in turn ensures the integrity of GIS services and the availability of data to STT and its stakeholders for forest management practices.

The TSDS fund supported this training, even though it had to take place at Oracle University located in Sydney. The learner’s travel costs were included as part of the application along with a justification of why the training should take place outside of Tasmania.

Given that the application was outside the TSDS guidelines, the TSDS project team sought advice and guidance from the TSDS Steering Committee in order to get it approved. The TSDS fund can be used to support non-standard training as long as the benefits to the Tasmanian Forest and Timber Industry can be clearly demonstrated.

“The training has provided a good overview of the Oracle Administration fundamental to ensure we can support our business,” said Nathan O’Brien, IT Infrastructure Manager at STT.

STT agreed that participation in the TSDS program has resulted in an improvement in the learners work practices, met their needs in terms of improving employee’s skills, the training provided met expectations and the training caused minimal disruption to normal work practices

STT strongly agreed that participation in the TSDS program provided value for money in terms of training dollars, overall were very satisfied with their involvement in the TSDS program and are likely to undertake further training.

Norske Skog Paper Mills (Australia) Ltd is a large employer in the paper making industry with its own forest management division.

The forest management division identified that drone technology could provide their personnel with the ability to monitor forest health and growth across a large area of land, more efficiently than the current labour intensive approach, and in a much safer manner than risking injury from traversing hazardous ground that occurs within a forest environment.

The TerraLuma research group at the University of Tasmania held an intensive “Understanding of drone technologies and applications” course, in a face-to-face lecture-based environment that provided a strong foundation in remote sensing, specifically for drone applications, as well as practical skills needed to make the most of the latest advances in drone technology.

“I now have a better understanding of the current state of development of drone technology and how it is being employed across a range of industries and more particularly how other forest management organisations are utilising the technology,” said participant Peter McLoughlin, the Forest Information Specialist at Norske Skog.

The training has been of benefit not only to Peter, but to his colleagues as well. “The skills developed by the participant have been shared with other employees and raised the profile of this technology and its potential benefits to the organisation,” said Sandra Hetherington, the Softwood Procurement Team Leader.

Sandra suggested that improvements could be made in the way individuals or organisations apply for funding and found that there were too many forms and documents to be completed to make it worthwhile for only a small number of employees to attend a short training course. Sandra’s suggestion was an express option for training courses under $1,000, which has been raised with, and is under consideration by, the TSDS Project Team.

Norske Skog agreed that participation in the TSDS program has resulted in an improvement in their employees’ work practices. They strongly agreed that the training provided value for money whilst causing minimal delays to normal work practices and that the training provided by University of Tasmania met their expectations. Overall Norske Skog were satisfied with their involvement in the Training and Skills Development Service and are likely to undertake further training.

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2017 has been the busiest year on record for training at Forest Practices Authority (FPA), with an unprecedented number of courses being offered – many of which are over-subscribed. In April 2017, the FPA successfully bid for $133,750 of funding from the Tasmanian Skills Development Service, which is administered by ForestWorks. The funding covered 80% of the cost for training somebody in Tasmanian forest practices system, which was much appreciated by the participants.

 Eagle Management Course

Jason Wiersma ran the Eagle Management Course in June, with one class-based day and one field day (which was offered in both the north and south of the state). Feedback has been very positive from the 34 learners, who were from the following organisations:

  • Sustainable Timber Tasmania – 17 learners
  • Technical Forest Services – 3 learners
  • Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (Tasmania) – 3 learners
  • Forico – 2 learners
  • Technical Fire Service – 2 learners
  • City of Launceston – 2 learners
  • PF Olsen – 2 learners
  • Pentarch – 1 learner
  • Timberlands – 1 learner
  • Forest Practices Authority Board – 1 learner

 Forest Practices Officer Training Course

The Forest Practices Officer Training Course included two class-based every month, a four-day biodiversity course in September, and various field trips to the forest. There were 21 participants:

  • Sustainable Timber Tasmania 11
  • Forico – 3 learners
  • Technical Forest Services – 2 learners
  • Pentarch – 1 learner
  • PF Olsen – 1 learner
  • Timberlands – 1 learner
  • Tasmania Training and Safety Services – 1 learner
  • Self employed – 1 learner

Mick Rawlings is one of the learners currently undertaking the FPO course and he agreed that the training organisation is flexible enough to meet the learner’s needs and that the trainers possess good knowledge and experience of the industry. He believes they are effective in their training delivery; however they can get too technical at times. Mick undertook the course for personal development and commented that it “was a good course and I would recommend it to others in our industry”.

 

Images: Forest Practices Officer Training Course

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Arbre Forest Industries Training & Careers Hub Inc. is a not-for-profit organisation created by industry leaders to promote careers within the Tasmanian timber and forest industry. Arbre’s primary function is to capture any interest in the industry, then offer a pre-employment training program to cater for that interest.

The availability of the Training and Skills Development Service fund allowed Arbre to seek funding for a purpose-built, pre-employment pilot program called FIVE + 5. The pilot program was delivered over 2 weeks, with the units delivered adjusted to best suit the interests of the course participants. The idea was to contextualize further programs for different sectors, based off the success of the pilot.

Eight prospective industry employees undertook the FIVE + 5 program, delivered by Timber Training Creswick. Of the 8 places approved, 7 were filled and 4 learners went through to completion and directly into employment as a result of the course. Of the 3 learners that withdrew from the course, 2 left for casual employment and 1 left for reasons unknown.

Jack Lawton was one of the FIVE + 5 learners. The program “very much fulfilled my expectations on what to expect when I enter a sawmill. Everything covered in the course gave me a very good grounding in the day to day tasks expected of me,” said Jack.

Not only did the learners consider the course beneficial, so did the company who went on to employ 4 of those learners, Neville Smith Forest Products (NSFP).

“This course has enabled NSFP to fill much needed positions in production with job hardened candidates. It also has given NSFP a good look at employees in our work environment,” said Jason Crick, Production Manager, NSFP, who went on to employ the 4 completed learners.

Colin McCulloch, Project Manager of Arbre Hub, strongly agreed that participation in the TSDS program resulted in improvement to learners” work practices and skills, whilst causing minimal disruption to normal work practices. Overall, he was very satisfied with his involvement in the TSDS program and is likely to undertake further training.

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Casegrande Lumber Pty Ltd is a large employer in the harvesting and haulage business and part of the Kevin Morgan Group.

Working with TasTAFE Burnie, Casegrande identified that 12 of their employees and sub-contractors required assessment in Excavator Harvesting so they could perform their job function of loading and unloading log trucks safely and maintain compliance under the Tasmanian Forest Safety Code 2007.

The availability of the TSDS fund “allowed a group of truck drivers to be assessed at one time, which has been of great benefit to us,” said Paul Morgan, Director, Casegrande Lumber Pty Ltd.

“fund has ensured that all operators and sub-contractors entering our coupes have the required qualifications as per the Forest Safety Code,” said Paul.

All drivers entering Casegrande coupes can now load their own trucks safely.

Casegrande agreed that participation in the TSDS program has resulted in an improvement in their employees’ work practices and skills, while causing minimal disruption to normal work practices. They agreed that the training provided value for money and that the training provided by TasTAFE Burnie met their expectations. Overall, Casegrande were satisfied with their involvement in the TSDS program and are likely to undertake further training.

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Bramich Bulldozing Pty Ltd operate in the forest growing and management sector of the Tasmanian Timber and Forest Industry.

Working with TasTAFE Burnie, they identified that one of their employees required training in Bush Fire Evaluation so he could perform his job function safely and maintain compliance under the Tasmanian Forest Safety Code 2007.

The availability of the TSDS fund supported the employee to become “qualified to work for our clients,” said Hollie Bramich of Bramich Bulldozing Pty Ltd. Nathan Edwards, Bramich Bulldozing employee, said the training improved his knowledge.

Bramich Bulldozing said participation in the TSDS program resulted in an improvement to their employee’s work practices and skills, while causing minimal disruption to normal work practices. They agreed that the training provided value for money and that the training provided by TasTAFE Burnie met their expectations. Overall Bramich Bulldozing were satisfied with their involvement in the TSDS program and are likely to undertake further training.

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SD Groves Earthmoving Ltd is a civil earthmoving business operating in the harvesting and haulage sector.

They identified that one of their employees needed assessment in using a chainsaw, so they took the opportunity to apply for Training and Skills Development Service funding to ensure their employee could safely perform his job function and maintain compliance under the Tasmanian Forest Safety Code 2007.

“My skills are now recognized with a formal qualification,” Wayne Gillam, of SD Groves was pleased to note.

SD Groves Earthmoving Pty Ltd said participation in the TSDS program resulted in an improvement to their employee’s work practices and that the program met their needs in terms of improving their employee’s skills. They also agreed that the training provided value for money whilst causing minimal disruption to normal work practices and that the training provided by TasTAFE met their expectations. Overall SD Groves Earthmoving Pty Ltd were satisfied with their involvement in the TSDS program.

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An employee of Artec Group was involved in a workplace incident which highlighted the need for the employee to receive urgent ‘one-on-one’ training to ensure he could carry out his duties to a safe and acceptable standard.

The incident was of a serious nature and required both medical attention and follow up from Workplace Standards.

The availability of the Training and Skills Development Service (TSDS) fund allowed Artec Group to seek funding for this training to occur. The funding was sought and approved in a rapid timeframe to ensure there were no delays to the training delivery.

“This was a benefit to the business as it was a requirement of Worksafe Tasmania and being able to access this fund as a business enabled us to speed up the outcome,” said Kevin Rowbottom, Harvesting Manager, Artec Group.

The employee involved was glad to have received the training, stating it “allowed me to continue to do my job confidently”.

Artec Group agreed that participation in TSDS resulted in an improvement in their employee’s work practices and skills, whilst causing minimal disruption to normal work practices. Overall, Artec Group were very satisfied with their involvement in the TSDS program and are likely to undertake further training.

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Orana Enterprises is an employer in the harvesting and haulage sector, based in Riverside, Launceston.

Orana Enterprises identified that three of their employees required assessment in Fire Weather Evaluation and Trim and Cut Harvested Trees. Partnering with TasTAFE Burnie, Orana Enterprises were able apply for Training and Skills Development Service (TSDS funding to ensure these 3 employees were able to perform their job safely.

“Non core work can now be achieved without interrupting production,” said Phil Triffitt, Business Manger at Orana Enterprises.

The training has been of benefit not only to the business but to the employees as well. Kye Clark, one of the learners said he was please to get trained in chainsaw in order to effectively do his work.

Orana Enterprises agreed that participation in the TSDS program resulted in an improvement in their employees’ work practices and strongly agreed it met their needs in terms of improving employees’ skills. They agreed that the training provided value for money, whilst causing minimal delays to normal work practices and strongly agreed that the training provided by TasTAFE Burnie met their expectations. Overall, Orana Enterprises were very satisfied with their involvement in the TSDS program and are likely to undertake further training.

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Four Seasons Forest Services is a small employer in the forest growing and management sector, based in Yolla, northwestern Tasmania.

Four Seasons Forest Services was contracted to Forico to rehabilitate streamside reserves, to ensure that they meet industry standards under the Tasmanian Forest Safety Code 2007 and were compliant with Forico’s forest practices plans. Four Seasons Forest Services sought funding support through the Training and Skills Development Service (TSDS) to get 6 of their employees’ chainsaw skills upgraded to the intermediate level.

Partnering with Forest Industries Skills Training (FIST), Four Seasons Forest Services up-skilled their 6 employees by supporting them to complete FPIFGM3212 – Fall trees manually (intermediate).

It was discovered that one of the employees did not have the pre-requisite chainsaw training so FIST were able to submit a change request and get approval to add this additional unit to the project. The level of flexibility within the TSDS program is important to ensure learners get all the training that they require.

“It was great to be able to upskill our employees. This will help our business grow,” said Tim Willcox, Director of Four Season Forest Services.

The training has been of benefit not only to the business but to the employees as well. “I really enjoyed being able to be up-skilled,” said one of these employees.

Four Seasons Forest Services agreed that participation in TSDS resulted in an improvement in their employees’ work practices and met their needs in terms of improving employees’ skills. They strongly agreed that the training provided value for money, whilst causing minimal delays to normal work practices and that the training provided by FIST met their expectations. Overall, Four Seasons Forest Services were very satisfied with their involvement in the TSDS program and are likely to undertake further training.

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Forestry Tasmania is a Tasmanian Government Business Enterprise responsible under State legislation for:

  • sustainably managing approximately 800,000 hectares of public production forest (Permanent Timber Production Zone land);
  • undertaking forest operations for the production and sale of forest products from these forests (including making available at least 137,000 cubic metres of high quality eucalypt sawlogs and veneer logs per annum).

“Forestry Tasmania aims to be recognized for its sustainable forest management of Tasmania’s public production forests and as a commercially viable supplier of wood to a strong Tasmanian forest industry,” said Dion McKenzie, Forest Tasmania’s Manager, Engagement and Land Management.

The majority of Forestry Tasmania’s customers and stakeholders now require that wood products are sourced from independently certified sustainably managed forests. One of the key ways of demonstrating that forests are sustainably managed is to comply with the ISO 14001 Environmental Management System (“EMS”) standard.

The availability of the Training and Skills Development Service (TSDS) fund allowed Forestry Tasmania to have one employee, Daniel Hodge, undertake ISO 14001:2015 training through the BSI group. “This training has provided the skills and knowledge that allow me to understand our organisation’s environmental management system, how it meets the requirements of the ISO 14001 standard and also see potential for its improvement,” said Daniel.

Forestry Tasmania agreed that participation in the TSDS program has resulted in an improvement in their employee’s work practices and skills while causing minimal disruption to normal work practices. Overall Forestry Tasmania were very satisfied with their involvement in the TSDS program.

Forestry Tasmania is a Tasmanian Government Business Enterprise responsible under State legislation for:

  • sustainably managing approximately 800,000 hectares of public production forest (Permanent Timber Production Zone land);
  • undertaking forest operations for the production and sale of forest products from these forests (including making available at least 137,000 cubic metres of high quality eucalypt sawlogs and veneer logs per annum).

The majority of Forestry Tasmania’s customers and stakeholders now require that wood products are sourced from independently certified sustainably managed forests. One of the key ways to sustainably manage its forests and meet its legislative obligations is for Forest Tasmania to ensure appropriately trained Forest Practices Officers throughout the organisation.

The availability of the Training and Skills Development Service (TSDS) fund allowed Forestry Tasmania to have five employees, undertake Threatened Butterfly training through the Forest Practices Authority. “It will benefit me by being able to identify potential butterfly habitats for rare, threatened or endangered species as well as identify the butterflies themselves. It enables me to identify the best times to search and where to search. Even if I cannot identify the butterflies themselves it is also possible to determine the type of butterfly that may be present by other signs such as the way shelters are built,” said one employee.

“Courses provided by the Forest Practices Authority such as the Threatened Butterfly Species are important for our staff to attend in order to maintain their industry knowledge and are of huge benefit to Forestry Tasmania in undertaking its special values planning and the implementation of biodiversity provisions of the Forest Practices Code,” said Dion McKenzie, Forest Tasmania’s Manager, Engagement and Land Management.

Forestry Tasmania agreed that participation in the TSDS program has resulted in an improvement in their employee’s work practices and skills whilst causing minimal disruption to normal work practices. Overall Forestry Tasmania were very satisfied with their involvement in the TSDS program.

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TDF contracting operate in the forest growing and management sector of the Tasmanian Timber and Forest Industry.

Working with TasTAFE Launceston, they identified that ten of their employees required first aid training and one employee required assessment in two skills sets and one unit of competency, so they could all perform their job function safely and maintain compliance under the Tasmanian Forest Safety Code 2007.

Training and/or assessment was completed for the following units of competency:

  • Apply First Aid
  • Conduct forestry operations using a crawler tractor

Training and/or assessment was completed for the following skills sets:

  • Fire weather evaluation
  • Bush fire awareness

“Doing group training really helps with efficiency at our work place,” said Todd Frankcombe, Director of TDF Contracting. “Getting funding assistance means that we can stay compliant without being out of pocket.”

TDF Contracting agreed that participation in the TSDS program has resulted in an improvement in their employee’s work practices and skills, while causing minimal disruption to normal work practices. They strongly agreed that the training provided value for money and that the training provided by TasTAFE Launceston met their expectations whilst causing minimal disruption to normal work practices. Overall TDF Contracting were satisfied with their involvement in the TSDS program and are likely to undertake further training.

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Collins Contracting Pty Ltd operate in the forest growing and management sector of the Tasmanian Timber and Forest Industry.

Working with TasTAFE Burnie, they identified that three of their employees required excavator and crawler tractor training so they could perform their job function safely and maintain compliance under the Tasmanian Forest Safety Code 2007.

“Employees appreciate the training, which ensures continued work and productivity improvements for the company. We will continue to use the program,” said Leah Wells, Office Manager at Collins Contracting Pty Ltd.

Collins Contracting agreed that participation in the TSDS program has resulted in an improvement in their employee’s work practices, however they are unsure whether this has resulted in an improvement in company productivity at this stage. They strongly agree that the training caused minimal disruption to normal work practices. Collins Contracting agreed that the training provided value for money and that the training provided by TasTAFE Burnie met their expectations. Overall Collins Contracting were satisfied with their involvement in the TSDS program and are likely to undertake further training.

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L Wells & P Whelan operate in the harvesting and haulage sector of the Tasmanian Timber and Forest Industry.

Working with TasTAFE Burnie, they identified that one of their employees required assessment in Conducting Excavator Operations with Grabs so he could perform his job function safely and maintain compliance under the Tasmanian Forest Safety Code 2007.

Perry Whelan, Director at L Wells & P Whelan and the learner for this project, stated that it was a “great opportunity to do this important training. It ensures that I can work safely and the trainer was very good.”

L Wells & P Whelan agreed that participation in the TSDS program has resulted in an improvement in their employee’s work practices and skills while causing minimal disruption to normal work practices. They strongly agreed that the training provided value for money and that the training provided by TasTAFE Burnie met their expectations. Overall L Wells & P Whelan were satisfied with their involvement in the TSDS program and are likely to undertake further training.

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CMTP Pty Ltd operates in the sawmilling and processing sector of the Tasmanian Timber and Forest Industry. CMTP is committed to ensuring that its Tasmanian workforce is trained and assessed to the highest possible standards, while ensuring that all aspects of safe and compliant workplace are maintained.

Working with the RTO OnRoad OffRoad, CMTP Branxholm identified that four of their employees required forklift training.

Completing the TLILIC2001 unit of competency, demonstrated that CMTP employees are professional and highly skilled, which is a benefit not only to their business but the Tasmanian Timber and Forestry Industry as a whole.

“It was beneficial that the training was provided in the local area and funding assistance made the program high value for money,” said Dale Jessup, General Manager at CMTP.

CMTP agreed that participation in the TSDS program resulted in an improvement in their employees’ work practices and strongly agreed that it met their needs in terms of improving employees’ skills. They agreed that the training caused minimal disruption to normal work practices and strongly agreed that the training provided value for money and that the training provided by OnRoad OffRoad met their expectations. Overall, CMTP were very satisfied with their involvement in the TSDS program and are likely to undertake further training.

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Timberlink Australia Pty Ltd is a well-known employer operating three sawmills in regional areas across Australia and New Zealand. Timberlink have a strong focus on safety and feel their most important responsibility is returning their employees home safely, every day.

Working with TasTAFE, Timberlink’s Bell Bay mill identified that eight of their employees required training and assessment in ‘Contribute to WHS hazard identification, risk assessment and risk control’ – BSBWHS404.

The training demonstrates that Timberlink employees are professional and highly skilled, which is a benefit not only to their business but the Tasmanian Timber and Forestry Industry as a whole.

“Giving our leaders within the business the ability to identify risks and hazards within their work areas is creating a safer workplace,” said Corrie Shipton, WHSE and Compliance Coordinator at Timberlink.

Timberlink strongly agreed that participation in the TSDS program has resulted in an improvement in their employees’ work practices and skills and agreed that this training caused minimal disruption to normal work practices. They strongly agreed that the training provided value for money and that the training provided by TasTAFE met their expectations. Overall, Timberlink were very satisfied with their involvement in the TSDS program and are likely to undertake further training.

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Meander Valley Tree Services is a small company operating in the harvesting and haulage sector of the Tasmanian Forest and Timber industry.

Through their commitment to ensuring its workforce are trained and assessed to the highest possible standards, Meander Valley Tree Services, working with TasTAFE, identified the requirement for four employees to undertake training in First Aid, excavator operations and tree falling.

Jo Gurr, Director of Meander Valley Tree Services said she was “very happy that we were able to get this training done. We were very happy with the trainer, Jason Towns. Everything was spot on.”

Meander Valley Tree Services agreed that participation in the TSDS program has resulted in an improvement in their employee’s work practices and skills. They strongly agreed that participation in the program caused minimal disruption to normal work practices, had provided value for money in terms of their training dollar and that the training provided met their expectations. Overall Meander Valley Tree Services were very satisfied with their involvement in the TSDS program and are likely to undertake further training.

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S&A Rowe is a small company operating in the harvesting and haulage sector of the Tasmanian Forest and Timber industry.

Through their commitment to ensuring its workforce are trained and assessed to the highest possible standards, S&A Rowe, working with TasTAFE, identified the requirement for five employees to undertake various training including First Aid, excavator, feller buncher and forwarder operations and tree falling.

“We have been able to make sure our guys have all the tickets they need in the bush,” said Steven Rowe, Director of S&A Rowe. “We were also very happy that we could use the assessor we wanted.”

At the completion teleconference held by the TSDS Project Manager, employers are able to confirm the names of learners who have completed training and they are given the opportunity to advise whether they were happy with how the project went. Steven indicated that he was very happy with the TSDS program and the TasTAFE assessor.

S&A Rowe agreed that participation in the TSDS program has resulted in an improvement in their employees’ work practices and skills. They also agreed that participation in the program caused minimal disruption to normal work practices, had provided value for money in terms of their training dollar and that the training provided met their expectations. Overall S&A Rowe were satisfied with their involvement in the TSDS program and are likely to undertake further training.

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The Tasmanian Fire Service (TFS) is the operational arm of the State Fire Commission and plays a key role in the Tasmanian Forest and Timber industry. They are responsible for managing wildfires within Tasmania and as part of that role, specialised crew members can be called upon to deal with hazardous trees. TFS work in partnership with Forestry Industry Companies to safely manage and carry out tree felling duties as and when required.

Through their commitment to ensuring its workforce are trained and assessed to the highest possible standards, TFS in conjunction with TasTAFE, identified the requirement for 6 specialised crew members working in the forest industry to undertake additional tree faller training so that they can perform their job function safely and maintain compliance under the Tasmanian Forest Safety Code 2007.

The availability of the TSDS program enabled TFS to obtain financial assistance to undertake this training which resulted in “improved efficiencies as we now have a bigger pool of qualified Fallers to pull from,” said Al Williams, Officer (Planning & Capability), Tasmanian Fire Service. “Further to that, as a result of the training received workplace procedures have also been improved resulting in an overall improvement in safety.”

From the learners perspective, “the training provided has improved skills and confidence when falling difficult,” according to Al who undertook this training. “The formal qualification allows clarity of competence when working with others during inter-agency operations during bushfire incidents.”

TFS strongly agreed that participation in the TSDS program has resulted in an improvement in their employee’s work practices and skills. They also strongly agreed that participation in the program caused minimal disruption to normal work practices, had provided value for money in terms of their training dollar and that the training provided met their expectations. Overall TFS were very satisfied with their involvement in the TSDS program and are likely to undertake further training.

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Phil Pearn is a small organisation operating in the Forest Growing and Management sector of the Tasmanian Forest and Timber Industry.

Through their commitment to ensuring its workforce are trained and assessed to the highest possible standards, Phil Pearn in conjunction with TasTAFE identified the requirement for 16 employees to undertake training so that they can perform their job function safely and maintain compliance under the Tasmanian Forest Safety Code 2007. This training included First Aid, Fire Weather Evaluation, Bushfire Awareness, Crawler Tractor operations and Civil Construction Excavator operations.

The opportunity afforded by the TSDS program enabled Phil Pearn to have his employees undertake this training. Whilst the project was underway, a need for additional employees to undertake training was identified. The flexibility of the TSDS fund allowed for change requests to be made and approved to ensure that all required training was supported and completed.

“It’s good to be able to do this training and use the fund,” said Phil Pearn, Director. “We are very happy with the training received.”

Phil Pearn agreed that participation in the TSDS program has resulted in an improvement in their employees’ work practices and skills. They also strongly agreed that participation in the program caused minimal disruption to normal work practices, had provided value for money in terms of their training dollar and that the training provided met their expectations. Overall Phil Pearn was very satisfied with their involvement in the TSDS program and will consider further training if they identify the need.

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Taslog Transport operates in the Harvesting and Haulage sector of the Tasmanian Forest and Timber Industry, based in Lilydale.

Through their commitment to ensuring its workforce are trained and assessed to the highest possible standards, Taslog Transport in conjunction with Forest Industries Skills and Training (FIST) identified the requirement for 12 employees to undertake training in Complete a Work Diary and Apply Fatigue Management Strategies, so that they could perform their job function safely and maintain compliance under the Tasmanian Forest Safety Code 2007.

The opportunity afforded by the TSDS program enabled Taslog Transport to have the employees undertake this important training. “It was great to be able to access this training funding,” said Heather Hammersley of Taslog Transport. “We have been able to upskill our employees.”

Taslog Transport agreed that participation in the TSDS program has resulted in an improvement in their employees’ work practices and skills. They also strongly agreed that participation in the program had provided value for money in terms of their training dollar and that the training provided met their expectations. Overall Taslog Transport was very satisfied with their involvement in the TSDS program and will consider further training if they identify the need.

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Eyewood operates in the sawmilling and processing sector of the Tasmanian Timber and Forest Industry, based in Westbury. They have eight employees and hope to expand in the near future.

Working with Timber Training Creswick, Eyewood identified the need for workforce development planning to ensure that their current employees have the correct skills for their current roles and to identify what skills the expanded workforce would require.

A comprehensive workforce development plan will aid Eyewood into the future and will reward the employees with qualifications when the training has been complete.

Lorna van Tilburg, Owner/Office Manager at Eyewood noted that the workforce development planning process has provided “better understanding of their key product which has enabled better milling practices.”

The TSDS fund can be used for workforce development planning and/or training. In this instance, Eyewood started with an application for a workforce development plan and hope to submit further applications for TSDS to support the identified training requirements.

Eyewood strongly agreed that participation in the TSDS program met their needs in terms of identifying employee’s skills requirements, provided value for money in terms of their training dollar and the workforce plan provided by the RTO met their expectations. Eyewood agreed that the workforce development planning caused minimal disruption to normal work practices and participation in the program had led to improvements in company productivity and staff retention rates. Overall, Eyewood were very satisfied with their involvement in the TSDS program and are likely to undertake further training.

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Technical Forest Services (TFS) are a small organisation operating in the Forest Growing and Management sector of the Tasmanian Forest and Timber Industry.

TFS hold a variety of contracts and due to the different nature of each, they required a separate Workforce Development Plan for four key areas of their business. They engaged Timber Training Creswick to prepare these plans in order to identify training gaps in the teams.

The opportunity afforded by the TSDS program enabled TFS to have this planning exercise undertaken. “Completing the Workforce Development Plans has allowed us to look at each division of our business,” said Clive Woolridge, Director of Technical Forest Services. “We will now be reviewing the recommendations from the plans and look to apply for more TSDS funding to have the training completed.”

TFS agreed with the training requirements identified in the completed Workforce Development Plans and were very happy with the work undertaken by Timber Training Creswick. They agreed that the work undertaken by TTC to prepare the plans caused minimal disruption to normal work practices and strongly agreed that participation in the program provided value for money in terms of their training dollar. Overall, TFS were very satisfied with their involvement in the TSDS program and are likely to undertake training as a result.

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PF Olsen Australia provides independent, unbiased forestry services to a wide range of the Australian forest and forest products industries. Our team of experienced and committed professional foresters work on all aspects of forestry.

Working with Timber Training Creswick, PF Olsen identified that one of their employees required training and assessment in the FOLS fire skills set – Level 1, 2 and 3 – Fire Weather Evaluation, Bushfire Awareness and Wildfire Suppression.

The TSDS program “has allowed us to meet our training needs at minimal impact to our business,” said Stephen Rymer, Regional Manager – Tasmania, of PF Olsen.

From the learner’s perspective, Brett Eastley said he “will be happy to have Wildfire Suppression on my FOLS card.”

PF OIsen agreed that participation in the TSDS program has resulted in an improvement in their employee’s work practices and strongly agreed that participation had met their needs in terms of improving employee’s skills. They agreed that this training caused minimal disruption to normal work practices and that the training provided by Timber Training Creswick met their expectations. They strongly agreed that the training provided value for money and overall, were very satisfied with their involvement in the TSDS program and are likely to undertake further training.

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