Forestry training boost

TAFE has plans to reinvigorate its Forest Industry Training Centre at Tumut.

In some welcome news for an industry hit hard in the last two weeks, TAFE has outlined its plan to reinvigorate the Forest Industry Training Centre at Tumut’s TAFE campus.

Recruitment is underway for a new centre leader and sawdoctoring teacher, while TAFE is also updating courses to meet modern industry needs.

Scott Glyde, Head of Agribusiness Skills Team, TAFE NSW said TAFE NSW was committed to the Forest Industry Training Centre as a centre of excellence.

“We recognise our critical role in producing skilled professionals for the forest industry, as one of only a few providers in the country delivering some of the specialist courses industry is calling for,” he said.

Mr Glyde said the new Centre Leader would be responsible for reinvigorating the centre of excellence, leading engagement with industry partners and taking the quality education and training we provide for the forest industry “to the next level”.

“What we’re looking for is someone with a strong background in the industry who can provide the leadership to drive the Forest Industry Training Centre forward as a centre of excellence,” he said.

“Recruitment is also open for additional teaching positions to expand our capacity to deliver quality training in speciality areas, and consistent with industry demand.”

“We’re seeking world-class educators and innovative industry experts to join our dynamic team.”

TAFE NSW has an important role in delivering the workforce that meets the needs of employers, he said, and TAFE would continue to engage closely with industry in the design and delivery of our courses.

TAFE has been consulting with industry to confirm the broad course profile planned for delivery this year at the Forest Industry Training Centre.

“Discussions with employers and forest owners have led to TAFE NSW identifying a skills gap in log making, with workers in this field requiring upskilling in the use of optimisation technology,” he said.

“To address this need, the Forest Industry Training Centre has worked with our Agribusiness SkillsPoint and industry representatives to develop associated learning and assessment materials, which we plan to introduce early this year.

“The new unit of competency covers the use and application of on-board optimisation systems and computer systems in mechanical harvesting, and will be offered as both a new short course and as an elective within the Certificate III in Harvesting and Haulage.

“Our course content offers the hands-on skills and theory needed for students to gain a rewarding career in forestry and associated industries.”