Western forest Products (WFP) has been investing in training to ensure the sustainable growth of its business on the coast of B.C.
In September 2012, they launched their Logging Fundamentals Training Program. This 7-week comprehensive program teaches students the fundamentals of logging, providing practical training to work safely, productively and sustainably in a harvesting environment.
Training modules are based on the WorkSafeBC handbooks and form the foundation for theory and practical learning. Students learn to identify and assess hazards, communicate and move safely as they set chokers on logs, rig stumps, buck logs and work safely around equipment. Program graduates become strong candidates for employment in the logging industry.
USW Local 1-1937 recognizes the need to fill a growing labour gap created by the retirement of skilled workers and fully supports WFP’s Logging Fundamentals Training Program.
In November 2012, the BC Government recognized the first class of graduate students.
The 2014 intake dates have not been announced yet, but HFN would like to know if there are Huu-ay-aht citizens interested in this program so that we can support your application. Training takes place in Woss (near Port McNeil and north of Campbell River) or potentially Gold River. Successful student applicants may be eligible for a training wage.
Please contact Sarah Johnson at the Huu-ay-aht Development Corporation (firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-888-644-4555) if this is of interest to you.