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Students Grow their Careers in Forestry

20 Aug 2008

Students can now look forward to a whole new way of experiencing life in the forest industry instead of the usual one week of work experience.

The Grow Your Career Induction Program is more than just work experience and aims to provide young people with an opportunity to explore and experience the various career pathways available in the forest industry in Tasmania.

This week 20 selected grade nine and ten students from Geeveston, Geilston Bay, Triabunna, Oatlands, Campbell Town and Cressy High Schools will spend four days experiencing life in the forest industry.

Students will visit harvesting sites, a sawmill, a forest equipment supplier and learn about occupational health and safety issues within the industry from TAFE advisors and see cutting-edge forest research at the Faculty of Science, Engineering & Technology at the University of Tasmania.

The program is a joint initiative of industry, education and training sectors including Beacon Foundation, Forestworks, Forestry Tasmania, Forest Industries Association of Tasmania, Institute of TAFE Tasmania, Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Tasmanian Forest Contractors Association, Forest and Forest Industries Council and Timber Communities Australia.

Forestworks Skills Development Officer Damian Peirce said the program will showcase all aspects of forestry jobs from haulage operators through to foresters.

“This first hand experience will assist students to assess their interest and suitability for careers in this industry and provide an opportunity for them to make an informed choice of potential employment and career prospects,” he said.

Forest Industries Association of Tasmania Public Relations Officer Carolyn Docking said after students complete the four day course this week, they will undertake a three day on-the-job work placement during September and October.

“Students will be placed with a range of forest, research and service organisations according to their preferred area of interest,” Ms Docking said.

The program will end with an awards day in October when four students will be presented with bursaries sponsored by industry organisations to encourage them to pursue a career in the forestry and forest products industries.

Beacon Foundation State Manager Hannah Lawson said the students were thrilled to be given this opportunity to broaden their career horizons.

“This program will help young people to make informed decisions about their future and all at no cost to themselves or the schools,” Ms Lawson said.


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