The approval of six new skills programmes and two qualifications is great news for workers and employers in the forestry industry as they provide a sound framework for upgrading key skills and competencies that will bring significant benefits for the industry. They also provide valuable opportunities for forestry workers to upgrade their skills and qualifications in a structured, relevant system, providing stepping stones for further studies that will take their careers to a higher level.
The following skills programmes were evaluated and approved by the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) in September:-
|SKILLS PROGRAMME||NQF LEVEL||CREDITS|
|Aerial Chainsaw Operator||3||36|
|Specialised Chainsaw Operator||3||15|
|Forestry Hazard & Risk Assessor||4||35|
|Forestry Incident Investigator||4||32|
|Forestry SHE Representative||3||39|
The SA Qualifications Authority NQF Committee has approved the registration of the following qualifications on the NQF framework:-
|QUALIFICATION||NQF LEVEL||MIN. CREDITS||QUAL ID|
|Occupational Certificate: Forestry Production Foreman||4||96||119462|
|Occupational Certificate: Forestry Production & Operations Foreman||4||240||119447|
“We look forward to implementing these skills programmes and qualifications together with our registered Skills Development Providers together with our contractors and industry role players,” commented Pam Naidoo of the SA Forestry Contractors’ Association. “We continue to champion skills development in the forestry industry for the upskilling of all our contractor and stakeholder employees,” she said.
Pam said that industry representatives had made good progress in the development of three new skills programmes that would be ready for registration by the QCTO in the near future, namely:-
• Silviculture Machine Operator
• Logging Plant Operator
• Small Power Tool Operator
The experts involved in the development of Forestry Skills Programmes include representatives from the following stakeholder organisations: Sappi, Mondi, SAFCOL, FITPA, SAFCA, FSA, Husqvarna, Stihl, FPMSETA, QCTO and Nelson Mandela University.