Advise on graduate success

LETTER

Re: Urgent need for forestry graduates.

Thanks for the first reply from EIT, Turanga Ararau and Eastland Wood Council. You ask for my ideas on addressing the situation: Give The Gisborne Herald the number of graduates you each produced between 1/1/16 and 31/12/16 who have worked in silviculture or logging for six months or longer since graduation. This will achieve two critical results, benchmarking and accountability, and all other solutions will follow from there. This release of information should be done each June and each December.

Remember we, the public, the forest owners and the contractors, are your employers and customers.

In my first letter I said each training provider needs to produce 40 logging workers a year to handle the increase in logging. In addition, there will also be a big increase in the number of silvicuture workers required due to the replanting programmes after logging. These workers need to come via our training providers, and they will feed top athletes into the logging crews.

One of our largest forestry companies has delayed its start of planting for 2017 by two months because it cannot obtain enough workers . . . “mission critical”.

Local Forester

Re: Urgent need for forestry graduates.

Thanks for the first reply from EIT, Turanga Ararau and Eastland Wood Council. You ask for my ideas on addressing the situation: Give The Gisborne Herald the number of graduates you each produced between 1/1/16 and 31/12/16 who have worked in silviculture or logging for six months or longer since graduation. This will achieve two critical results, benchmarking and accountability, and all other solutions will follow from there. This release of information should be done each June and each December.

Remember we, the public, the forest owners and the contractors, are your employers and customers.

In my first letter I said each training provider needs to produce 40 logging workers a year to handle the increase in logging. In addition, there will also be a big increase in the number of silvicuture workers required due to the replanting programmes after logging. These workers need to come via our training providers, and they will feed top athletes into the logging crews.

One of our largest forestry companies has delayed its start of planting for 2017 by two months because it cannot obtain enough workers . . . “mission critical”.

Local Forester

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