Over the next two months, approximately 200 new operators will move over to FOLS in the northern region of NSW, around Coffs Harbour. The move is being led by Forestry Corporation of NSW as part of an effort to manage the competencies of their workforce. This system will assist in ensuring operators are competent in the tasks they are performing.
FOLS memberships have increased steadily in the past 12 months, as more businesses recognise the benefits of the service. Mid last year HVP Plantations adopted FOLS as their required standard for the recording of training and skills verification for high risk forestry activities.
In July last year, the Australian Forest Contractors Association (AFCA) became advocates of FOLS, signing an agreement with ForestWorks to provide AFCA members and their operators with discounted FOLS fees. The majority of the AFCA Board members have moved their operators over to the skills verification program and ForestWorks is working with the remaining Directors to come on to FOLS.
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