Supporting industry to adjust to changing job requirements

With advances in technology and new product development, job roles in our industry will continue to change. The Training and Skills Development Service recognises this challenge.

Tasmanian forest and timber industry workers and their employers can now access funds to undertake training and develop their skills to meet the requirements of new job roles and responsibilities. This service also enables workers to gain formal recognition for skills they have already gained.

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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.

Download the Application Form

Download a form to complete electronically

Download a form to complete by hand

Download the Guidelines

For further details about eligibility requirements and the application process.

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Key outcomes of this service

  • Enterprises assisted to meet and respond, to emerging industry directions to support the rebuilding and growth of the Tasmanian Forest and Timber Products Industry.
  • Enterprises supported to increase their performance via a review of future enterprise development objectives, job roles, skills gaps and planning for skills development activity.
  • Employees in the forest and timber industry skilled up and engaged with learning to meet changing work environments and skills requirements.
  • The skills of existing employees are appropriately recognised.

Further resources

This document provides a brief overview of the application process.

Download the Process Flow document

This quick guide is designed to assist you to identify the steps within the life of your TSDS Project.

Download the Employer Quick Guide

These quick guides re designed to assist you in identifying the steps within the life of your TSDS Project.

Download the RTO Quick Guide

Download the RTO Quick Guide for Single Units of Competency

This tool is designed to help you identify skills gaps in your workforce and to plan for training needs.

Download the Strategic Workforce Development Tool

After recently acquiring a drone for use in its production and forest management activities, Sustainable Timber Tasmania sought funding for its employees to undertake a course in “Understanding of drone technologies and applications” at the University of Tasmania.
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Norske Skog Paper Mills accessed funding for employees of its forest management division to undertake a course in “Understanding of drone technologies and applications” at the University of Tasmania.
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Forest Practices Authority successfully bid for $133,750 of funding to cover 80% of the cost for training participants in the Tasmanian forest practices system.
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Arbre Forest Industries Training & Careers Hub Inc. sought funding for a purpose-built, pre-employment pilot program called FIVE + 5.
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Four Seasons Forest Services sought funding to get 6 of their employees’ chainsaw skills upgraded to the intermediate level
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Orana Enterprises sought funding for 3 of their employees to undertake assessment in Fire Weather Evaluation and Trim and Cut Harvested Trees
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Artec Group accessed TSDS funding after an employee 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.
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SD Groves Earthmoving sought funding for one of their employees to undertake an assessment in using a chainsaw, to ensure their employee could safely perform his job function and maintain compliance under the Tasmanian Forest Safety Code 2007.
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Bramich Bulldozing 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.
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Five Forestry Tasmania employees, undertake Threatened Butterfly training through the Forest Practices Authority
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Forestry Tasmania employee undertakes ISO 14001:2015 training through the BSI group
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Casegrande Lumber Pty Ltd employees and sub-contractors undertake assessment in Excavator Harvesting
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Industry Steering Committee

Forest Industries Association of Tasmania    Terry Edwards (Chair)
Forestry Tasmania    Steve Whiteley
Tasmanian Sawmillers Association    Robert Torenius
Tasmanian Forest Contractors Association    Karen Hall
Tasmanian Special Timbers Alliance    Andrew Denman
CFMEU – FFPD Division    Jane Calvert
Skills Tasmania    Stuart Hollingsworth
Department of State Growth    Graeme Nibbs (Observer)

 

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