One of the main activities occurring in the Australian forest industry over the next few years will be the reform of its entire training system. This will reflect both the move to sustainable forest management and the need to have a more effective and efficient training system in place. This reform will include the implementation of Competency Based Training, and will be very similar to the reforms of the British forestry training system that have occurred over recent years.
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Organisations that truly believe that “People are our greatest asset” are prepared to invest resources, time, money and energy, to ensure that they get the very best out od that human resources. Part of that strategy has to include identifying, not only the gaps that exits now in skills, but must identify the training needs for the future and be prepared to devise strategies for their implementation. It takes a committed management and committed leaders, to makes this happens.
According to Suezone Chow, chairman of British Columbia Council, the forest industries in Canada are going through a transition period. Transition means “opportunity”. Decreasing availability of old growth forest has resulted a greater proportion of lower quality juvenile wood. This coupled with an increasing number of tree species to be utilised have contributed to the changes in global timber supply. The variability in timber supply is occurring at a time when codes and standards are becoming more international as well as more rigorous, and are based on design and performance criteria. Thus, the predictability and uniformity of materials is becoming more important in the development, design and marketing of new products.
The information provided in this report has been based on utilisation of hardwood species in three Australian States. It is hoped this information can be used to contribute to better utilisation of the regrowth Ash-type Eucalypt wood resources as well as provide some element of confidence for designers and specifiers who intend to work with such wood.