FICA Industry wide training crew meeting

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FICA members are invited to an industry-wide meeting on 23rd August at 1:30pm at the Distinction Hotel in Rotorua. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss a pilot plan for industry training crews alongside several of the major forest management companies.

The meeting organiser is Fraser Field from Rayonier. He is staying in touch with everyone he has discussed with this with in person. He is also working to produce a short document with a “strawman”. Below is an introductory note he has put together. Draw from them as you wish.

The whole thing hangs on polytechnics, because they are the ones who get the maximum funding. It is also based on much heavier use of simulators than we have at the moment. There are about 6 in the country used in forest operations and Fraser’s view is that more needed.

MOST IMPORTANT: We need your input if you are someone who wants or needs new workers for the medium term.

Toi Ohomai has made a good start with their 12 week course resulting in the level 3 Basic Machine Operations Nat Cert.

There are a number of issues that I have no idea how we will tackle, but that is why we need people to come on the 23rd August and provide clarity and agree on a way forward. By the end of that day we should be able to provide some direction.

The content/subject will be: “An industry discussion on proposed developments in Training” More specifically, consultation with as wide a group as possible: Contractors, Forest Owners, Machinery Suppliers, Training providers:


  • proposed structure
  • increased use of Polytechs including machinery
  • issues with training
  • Finding trainers
  • possible training crew setups
  • increased use of simulators
  • practical training options
  • Principles guiding current thinking:
    • Attitude is the most important feature
    • Requirement to gain a NZQA qualification
    • Certainty of employment
    • Use of simulators
    • Bonding

For more information contact:

Fraser Field, Quality Manager, Rayonier – Matariki Forest: DDI 09 358 9773 or  Mob 0274 635 117
John Stulen, FICA: DDI 07 921 1386 or Mob 027 275 8011