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CNIWC partner with Timberlands Ltd for new Generation Programme

A partnership Generation Programme with Central North Island Wood Council (CNIWC) and 'Timberlands Ltd' is starting on Monday 13 March at the Toi Ohomai Institute NZ Waipa campus in Rotorua.

Timberlands Ltd has recently developed and endorsed seven strategic Restorative Development Goals with 35 x 2050 targets. This includes - 'by 2050 we will........ have an employment pathway where people from disadvantaged local communities become engaged in all facets of our workforce'.  

Whilst completing a NZ Certificate in Forestry Industry Foundation Skills, Level 2 the students will get to see first hand the employment opportunities across the supply chain of the iconic Kaingaroa Timberlands Forest estate, spanning across 200,000ha in the Central North Island. The programme opens opportunities to partner with community, Iwi, government and industry.

This is a very exciting advancement of the 'Generation Programme' and whilst Timberlands Ltd will be connecting CNIWC with its networks CNIWC is also keen to hear from anyone that wants to get involved in the programme. 
The 'Generation Programme - Whakatipua to tatou Iwi - Industry Training Pathway to Employment in FOREST & WOOD', is a comprehensive 12 week introduction to the Forest & Wood Industry, providing students with the fundamental skills for entry level employment. This training will give the students a better understanding of the Forest & Wood Industry, allowing them to make informed decisions about employment opportunities within the industry.

The programme includes:
· Industry field trips and site visits
· Career pathway presentations
· Simulator training
· Developing work-ready skills
· Health & nutrition - breakfast and lunch is provided
· Personal protection equipment - a basic kit of PPE is issued to all students
· First Aid - gain your certificate
· Transportation to and from the programme
· Pastoral care including drug and alcohol education and support
· CV writing and interview skills, and 
· Much more 

The only entry requirements are the students need to be aged at least 16 years old, willing to learn, have a positive attitude, are reliable and are committed to completing the programme. On completion of the programme students will  be presented with employment or further study opportunities.