Forestry Workforce Roadshow 2020

Te Uru Rākau hosted the 2020 Forestry Workforce Roadshow to support forestry contractors and employers of seasonal forestry workers with their recruitment activities for 2021.

About the roadshow

The workforce roadshow connects forestry employers and contractors with government agencies and key forestry organisations. Information and tools are provided to support effective recruitment and retention of good employees. The roadshow builds on the success of the roadshows held over the past 2 years.

For the first time, roadshow events were held online as well as in Wellington and Rotorua. 

Presentations were delivered by:

  • Te Uru Rākau
  • Immigration New Zealand
  • Ministry of Social Development
  • Department of Corrections
  • Forest Industry Safety Council
  • Forestry and Wood Processing Workforce Council
  • Tertiary Education Commission.

Videos, transcripts, and slideshows are available for these presentations.

Watch the roadshow

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Te Uru Rākau discusses expanding and utilising forest resources to benefit our people, environment, and regions

2020 Forestry Workforce Roadshow – Te Uru Rākau slideshow [PDF, 873 KB]

In this video, Marion Schrama (manager skills, training and workplace safety, Te Uru Rākau) talks about how Te Uru Rākau works with industry and across government to sustainably expand, manage, and utilise forest resources to benefit our environment, our regions, and our people.

Find out about the areas of work which help achieve this. This includes the Forestry and Wood Processing Workforce Action Plan, One Billion Trees Programme, Ngā Karahipi Uru Rākau – Forestry Scholarships, and more.

If you have questions about this presentation or the work that Te Uru Rākau does, email teururakau@mpi.govt.nz

Understanding the labour market and effective recruiting

2020 Forestry Workforce Roadshow – Ministry of Social Development slideshow [PDF, 938 KB]

The Ministry of Social Development (MSD) provides services and support to help employers meet their labour needs and support new staff members when they get started.

Kal Marsden (corporate account manager, Ministry of Social Development) covers how MSD can help employers find training support, get wage subsidies, work with work brokers to assist with recruitment, and more.

If you have questions about this presentation or how MSD can assist you, phone MSD’s Employer Line on 0800 77 80 08.

Migrant recruitment into the forestry sector under current visa settings

2020 Forestry Workforce Roadshow – Immigration New Zealand slideshow [PDF, 358 KB]

The recent changes to the Essential Skills Work Visa in 2020 may impact how employers recruit overseas workers.

In this video, Hiro Kuroki (relationship manager, sectors and skills, Immigration New Zealand) discusses the criteria that employers need to meet to hire short- and long-term critical workers and recruit overseas workers under New Zealand’s current immigration system.

If you have questions about this presentation or how to recruit overseas workers, phone Immigration New Zealand at 0508 558 855.

Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund and Apprenticeship Boost

Find out about how to access the Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund and Apprenticeship Boost from Deirdre Marshall (manager delivery and projects) and Jane Duncan (team manager) from the Tertiary Education Commission.

The Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund pays for employee apprenticeships, training fees, and compulsory costs for vocational qualifications and programmes in targeted areas, including forestry.

The Apprenticeship Boost is a payment to employers to help them keep their apprentices and take on new apprentices. The boost helps learners continue to train in their programmes and to complete their apprenticeships.

If you have questions about this video or the different funds, email customerservice@tec.govt.nz

Corrections Prison Industries and employment services

2020 Forestry Workforce Roadshow – Department of Corrections slideshow [PDF, 838 KB]

Julie Wilson (manager employment services, Department of Corrections) provides an overview of the support that the Department of Corrections offers to place the people within its care into post-release employment.

The Corrections Forestry-related Prison Industries offer qualifications, training, and soft-skill development to help people find employment after release.

If you have questions about this presentation or support the Department of Corrections offers:

Changing health and safety thinking in the forest industry; moving from compliance to care and successful work

2020 Forestry Workforce Roadshow – Forest Industry Safety Council slideshow [PDF, 1.1 MB] 

Good health and safety are an outcome of successful work. Find out from Fiona Ewing (national safety director for the Forest Industry Safety Council (FISC)) how FISC builds capability through Safetree Certification, promotes and supports better engagement with health and safety in forestry, and builds leadership skills at all levels: worker, contractor, forest owner/manager, and investor.

If you have questions about this presentation or how to build a safe work environment, email enquiries@fisc.org.nz

Introduction to the Forestry and Wood Processing Workforce Council

2020 Forestry Workforce Roadshow – Forestry and Wood Processing Workforce Council slideshow [PDF, 523 KB]

The Forestry and Wood Processing Workforce Council has been established to oversee the actions specific to developing workforce capability and capacity for forestry and wood processing.

In this video, Fraser Field (chair of the Forestry and Wood Processing Workforce Council) introduces you to the Workforce Council, the Forestry and Wood Processing Workforce Action Plan, and the Council’s primary projects that, when successful, will achieve the goals set out in the Action Plan.

If you have questions about this presentation or the Workforce Council, email workforcecouncil@mpi.govt.nz

Roadshow host and supporters

The roadshow is hosted by Te Uru Rākau (Forestry New Zealand) with the support of:

Forestry and wood processing workforce action plan

The Forestry and wood processing workforce action plan 2020–2024 aims to support the development of a skilled workforce in the forestry and wood processing sector.

Forestry and wood processing workforce action plan

Jobs are here

The Opportunity grows here website has information about careers, training, and links to jobs available in forestry.

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