Developing our Future Leaders – BC Timber Sales Forest Technologist Entry Level Program

Developing our Future Leaders – BC Timber Sales Forest Technologist Entry Level Program


FTELP stands for the forest
technologists entry-level program it’s a two-year entry-level training
development program for forest technologists who are coming straight
out of their diploma programs for BC timber sales it’s been a challenge for
us to be able to recruit and and retain people within the organization in the
past we’ve been able to rely on hiring people that had many years of experience
so the the concept of maybe we need to look at look at a different solution
start recruiting right out of the colleges and universities so build a
program that would would give them that experience we lived in a very forest
dependent community and it has always been a challenge for government and for
companies to get young professionals to move to our communities
secession finding is a huge issue for any industry and this is a perfect
example how to do it and how to do it right and do it successfully my
experience with the program has been full-on kind of an intensive training on
all things forestry and especially all things BCS for the first year you really
build a solid foundation in field skills and practical technical skills and then
in the second year we move a little bit on to more advanced skills as well as
contract management it’s not just forestry skills that I’ve been able to
get more training on it’s also people skills and passing on knowledge one of
the big things we did at the beginning of developing the FTELP program was
to hold these curriculum development workshops where we had long-established
ministry staff from different divisions people throughout BCTS get together and
brainstorm on what needed to go into this two-year curriculum everything that
the Forest techs are learning in their first two years in one way or another
been influenced by what people told us in the
he’s curriculum development workshops being able to go out to the colleges and
the universities and actually see the level of candidates that are coming out
of the universities it’s an exciting place to work it’s an exciting office to
come into seeing all of the new young faces that are that are eager to
participate in the forest sector now honestly what excites me the most about
the FTELP is is having brand new people come into government with their
fantastic ideas and I also think watching the impact that these texts
have had on the community as well they’ve all really like set up roots in
in Mackenzie and it’s really cool to see what kind of impact that has on a
community of this size

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