On the job training brings rewards and satisfaction

After 15 years each in forestry, Brett Jobe and Logan Negus have found the forest industry offers them a diverse and satisfying career.

They work in PF Olsen's second most northern office in Kawakawa, Northland - which covers the area from Mangamuka south to Auckland - with two colleagues, Peter Bullen and Grant Rowe.

Brett says, "The advantage of working in a small four-man team is that there are lots more opportunities to shift between the different roles within the company.

"While I'm currently a Forest Manager involved in all aspects of forest management I have expanded my responsibilities into harvest supervision and inventory work."

That need to be multi-skilled also keeps them on their toes in terms of training, as PF Olsen supports its employees in job related study, as areas of expertise are needed.

"We often find that training in different areas of forestry - like Forest Health - improves our relationships with our clients as we are able to talk to them about forest health issues they may have. This complements the standard forest management services we offer", says Harvest and Marketing Manager, Logan.

"By gaining a National Certificate in Log Making and becoming a trainer and assessor, we are able to confidently offer a training service to some of our harvesting contractors and gain an edge over our competitors", says Brett.

Although it is always a challenge to find the time to train when you are working fulltime, Brett and Logan have between them completed; a Diploma in Forestry, a Bachelor of Science and Technology degree, and six FITEC National Certificates in Forest Establishment, Silviculture, Log Making and Forest Health from Level 3 to Level 5.

Brett and Logan received national certificates at FITEC's regional graduation ceremony in Whangarei in May.

But best of all they get to apply their training and their skills to help clients achieve the best possible results from their forestry investment.