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If you’re keen on work in the South Waikato forestry sector a new course in Tokoroa is offering a pathway in.

Te Wānanga o Aotearoa in Ashworth St, Tokoroa, is offering up to 20 places on a new NZ Certificate in Forest Industry Foundation Skills (establishment and pruning).

TWoA’s local Kaiwhakahaere Ako (manager educational delivery) Zina Manu says the course offers hands-on experience working in the bush with a forestry crew.

“This could lead to future work in the forestry industry,” says Zina.

TWoA has introduced the course as there is a strong forestry industry in the South Waikato region, she adds.

“This programme can potentially provide employment for graduates and they won’t have to move out of our community.”

Zina says the Wānanga has developed a close working relationship with a forestry gang which is willing to provide solid support to tauira (students) while they are out in the bush.

“In particular there is a great opportunity to learn from an experienced forestry worker who has more than 30 years in this industry.

“Having tauira demonstrate commitment and reliability to turn up and do the mahi is one of the keys to successfully gaining employment.”

People wanting to enroll can drop into the TWoA campus at 71 Ashworth St or go online at https://www.twoa.ac.nz/online-enrol. The enrolment deadline is the middle of February.

Anyone with queries can contact Zina on 07 885 0237or email zina.manu@twoa.ac.nz.

Information sessions are also planned as follows:

  • 4 Feb @ 10am-11am & 6pm-7pm – TWoA Campus, 71 Ashworth Street, Tokoroa
  • 9 Feb @ 10am-11am – Putaruru (venue TBC)
  • 9 Feb @ 6pm – 7pm – TWoA Campus, 71 Ashworth Street, Tokoroa
  • 12 Feb @ 10am-12pm – TWoA Campus, 71 Ashworth Street, Tokoroa
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Published On: 22 January, 2021

Article By: Stephen Ward



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