Skills for Industry - Silviculture Subsidy

 Let us introduce you to the subsidy scheme for silviculture contractors employing "Kiwi Locals" that has been approved by the Ministry of Social Development MSD.
This is a taxable subsidy and is available for employees in the industry
from 1 May -  30 September 2020 (extended). 

The subsidy offers the industry:

  • Sustainability in our sector

  • Driving change for this sector

  • Creating long term jobs 

  • Ensuring together with the forest owner/management company we collectively take responsibility to work towards gaining job security

This support package per participant is based on a series of milestones which MUST be met to receive full funding to support the 2020 planting season

  • $1,250 upfront payment to contractor to cover transport, up-skilling PPE etc

  • $1,250 paid to the contractor if the employee is still employed at 30 days

  • $1,250 paid to the contractor if the employee is still employed at 182 days

  • $500 paid to the contractor to go directly to the employee if they are still actively employed and enrolled in Unit Standard 1234 at 30 days

  • $500 paid to the contractor to go directly to the employee if they are still actively employed at 91 days 

Total Funding $4,750 pp

Basic Criteria

  • Candidates must be in employment for 2 weeks or have worked 60 hours to be eligible for funding

  • Candidates must be NZ citizen or permanent resident to be eligible for funding

  • Candidates must be new employee to industry not returning (start date 1 May onwards)

  • Candidates DO NOT need to be a long-term beneficiary

  • Candidates must be enrolled in Unit Std 1234 – Plant Plantation Trees (Micro-credential) FEES FREE NOW APPLIES

  • Candidates will also have the option to achieve further work ready unit standards as part of the micro credential suite

  • FICA will administer the funding and qualify the contractors 

  • In-work support will be provided to the employee and employer by Te Heki Mai

 

The subsidy will be paid against a GST invoice within a 30 day cycle once the milestone has been met with exception to the first upfront payment. Proof of payslips will be requested.

 

FICA & Competenz also encourage the employee to undertake these units as they are required by many forest management companies and are often the first units contractors get new employees to do, so fits well with this programme. 

The micro-credential (Forestry Essentials) is made up of three unit standards: FEES FREE NOW APPLIES

  • 17769 - Demonstrate knowledge of general health, safety, and environmental requirements in forestry

  • 22994 - Demonstrate knowledge of factors that affect the performance of forestry workers

  • 17772 - Demonstrate knowledge of environmental requirements in forestry operations

 

This programme would cost an additional $300 per person if a contract assessor was used.

FICA - Forest Industry Contractors Association

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