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Time to nominate wood industry trainees, companies

Media release
3 pages
9 June 2008
For immediate release

It’s time to nominate wood industry trainees and companies for the FITEC National Training Awards

There’s only one week left to nominate wood industry trainees and companies for the FITEC National Training Awards.

Friday 13 June is the closing date for nominations for the seventh annual FITEC National Training Awards.

FITEC Chief Executive, Ian Boyd, says, “After hosting graduation ceremonies all over the country recently, we are hoping all eligible trainees and companies will be nominated for the national awards.

“We’ve improved the process, so that it’s simple and easy. There’s a basic two question form for all nominators to fill in, which will be assessed by a FITEC panel who will short list the nominees.”

FITEC will use a series of uniform questions to interview and report on the short listed nominees, before a judging panel of industry representatives will make the final decision.

This year, there are 11 categories covering apprentices, trainees, trainers and companies in the Forestry, Wood Processing, Furniture and Biosecurity industries.
Employers can nominate their apprentices and trainees.

Two awards, Outstanding Business Performance Through People Development and Training Company of the Year, are open nominations, which means that employees can nominate their company. FITEC is also presenting it’s own award - FITEC Training Partner of the Year - which gives FITEC staff a chance to recognise excellence in their industries.

FITEC Chief Executive Ian Boyd says, “Training is a tough yet rewarding challenge and now is the time for the wood industries to recognise excellence in individuals and companies and nominate them for the FITEC National Training Awards.

“Last year, all our winners displayed talent, a passion for their jobs and were committed to training as a way forward in the wood industry – we look forward to seeing the same outstanding industry performance in 2008.”

Nominations close 13 June and winners will be announced at a gala dinner in Rotorua on September 3, 2008.

What do you need to do?
To nominate an outstanding apprentice, trainee or company you can:
• Get more information and nominate online at
• Contact FITEC’s Training Administration Team on 0800 11 99 11 or email info[at] and they will post a nomination form out to you.


What are the FITEC National Training Awards?
The FITEC National Training Awards celebrate individuals and companies who demonstrate real skills, real development and real talent within the wood industries. FITEC is committed to building the profile of the wood industries and its people. This event reinforces the positive impact of industry training and career development.

Why nominate?
To recognise outstanding achievement, dedication and self-development that people and companies in the wood industry have shown throughout the last training year.

Background information about FITEC
FITEC is the industry training organisation (ITO) for:
• Forest establishment, silviculture and harvesting
• Sawmilling, solid wood processing, wood panels manufacturing, pulp and paper manufacturing and tissue converting
Credit control and management

FITEC helps more than 10,000 people each year gain the knowledge and skills they need for productive and rewarding careers.

We offer nationally recognised qualifications for the forestry, wood manufacturing, furniture, biosecurity and credit management industries.

You can find out more about FITEC by visiting their website:

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