Careers bus expo opens young eyes to forestry opportunities

WELCOME TO UAWA: The Inzone bus, created by philanthropists Peter and Donna Doake travels around New Zealand helping students to consider career options. In Gisborne and at Tolaga Bay (above), the visit targeted forestry. Picture supplied

The forestry industry here will not be short of future new recruits if the reception a travelling careers expo received in Tolaga Bay is anything to go by.

A visit to Tolaga Bay Area School from the Careers InZone bus clearly resonated with the students, said Eastland Wood Council chief executive Kim Holland.

“The beauty of the visit was that the people we had at the career day were local.

“This is a small community so they knew them and many also had family members already working in the industry, so it was an opportunity to connect with potential recruits.”

Ms Holland said EWC saw huge value in forest industry specific career days and events.

“These are chances for students to talk to people in the industry about their jobs and find out just how they got there.”

There were numerous education and training pathways for those interested in pursuing a career in forestry, including the locally-run Generation Programme, Turanga Ararau, Canterbury University for degree programmes, or on-the-job apprenticeships.

“We sent these students home with all sorts of resources, including a wooden USB stick featuring career videos.”

A panel of experts was also on hand. They included Generation Programme manager Siobhain Fyall, Generation Programme graduate and former Tolaga Bay student Katelynn Hauiti, who is now working for Kuru Logging, PF Olsen harvest manager Sam McDell, Aratu Forest representative Winiata Blane, Kuru Contracting operations manager Ma Parata and Henry Mulligan, who is manager of the Ruapani Forestry Training Centre for Turanga Ararau.

Each shared their stories and pathways.

Created by philanthropists Peter and Donna Doake, the Inzone coach is a rolling careers expo that delivers the latest industry and training information directly to schools.

It was brought to Gisborne to specifically showcase the forest industry.

The bus was based at the Turanga Ararau main campus where around 40 students from Turanga Ararau, Matapuna Training Centre and Campion College had an opportunity to explore career options.

The following day the coach headed to Tolaga Bay Area School and Kahukuranui where students from years 7 to 13 explored the 26 interactive kiosks, navigating their way through the many careers on offer in forestry.

“The students had a lot of fun surfing the sites and looking at the vast range of jobs available,” said Ms Holland.

“With more than 100 students going through the coach, there appeared to be quite a number keen to pursue forestry as a career on leaving school.”

Ms Holland said the visit was an eye-opener for many of the young people, “showing them forestry is not just about using a chainsaw, rather it is an industry that has many diverse jobs available for men and women”.

The forestry industry here will not be short of future new recruits if the reception a travelling careers expo received in Tolaga Bay is anything to go by.

A visit to Tolaga Bay Area School from the Careers InZone bus clearly resonated with the students, said Eastland Wood Council chief executive Kim Holland.

“The beauty of the visit was that the people we had at the career day were local.

“This is a small community so they knew them and many also had family members already working in the industry, so it was an opportunity to connect with potential recruits.”

Ms Holland said EWC saw huge value in forest industry specific career days and events.

“These are chances for students to talk to people in the industry about their jobs and find out just how they got there.”

There were numerous education and training pathways for those interested in pursuing a career in forestry, including the locally-run Generation Programme, Turanga Ararau, Canterbury University for degree programmes, or on-the-job apprenticeships.

“We sent these students home with all sorts of resources, including a wooden USB stick featuring career videos.”

A panel of experts was also on hand. They included Generation Programme manager Siobhain Fyall, Generation Programme graduate and former Tolaga Bay student Katelynn Hauiti, who is now working for Kuru Logging, PF Olsen harvest manager Sam McDell, Aratu Forest representative Winiata Blane, Kuru Contracting operations manager Ma Parata and Henry Mulligan, who is manager of the Ruapani Forestry Training Centre for Turanga Ararau.

Each shared their stories and pathways.

Created by philanthropists Peter and Donna Doake, the Inzone coach is a rolling careers expo that delivers the latest industry and training information directly to schools.

It was brought to Gisborne to specifically showcase the forest industry.

The bus was based at the Turanga Ararau main campus where around 40 students from Turanga Ararau, Matapuna Training Centre and Campion College had an opportunity to explore career options.

The following day the coach headed to Tolaga Bay Area School and Kahukuranui where students from years 7 to 13 explored the 26 interactive kiosks, navigating their way through the many careers on offer in forestry.

“The students had a lot of fun surfing the sites and looking at the vast range of jobs available,” said Ms Holland.

“With more than 100 students going through the coach, there appeared to be quite a number keen to pursue forestry as a career on leaving school.”

Ms Holland said the visit was an eye-opener for many of the young people, “showing them forestry is not just about using a chainsaw, rather it is an industry that has many diverse jobs available for men and women”.

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