Skills for Industry - Silviculture Subsidy

We are pleased to offer 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 engaged in the industry from 1 March - 30 September 2021
 

The subsidy is offered to FICA Members ONLY

• 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 2021 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 employer if they are still actively employed and enrolled in Unit Standard 1234 at 30 days (voucher option)

• $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 and 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

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

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

• Candidates must be on employment agreements NOT contracts

• FICA will administer the funding and qualify the contractors.

 

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:

• 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

 

FEES FREE UNTIL 2022

Register your business and new employees on www.fica.org.nz TODAY

 

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