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Fitec congratulates 2009 Emerging Leaders

8 December 2009
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Fitec congratulates 2009 Emerging Leaders Scholarships Christmas recipients

For the second time in 2009 Fitec has selected four of New Zealand’s potential leaders in the wood industries for a Fitec Emerging Leaders Scholarship – just in time for Christmas!
The scholarships are an initiative to identify emerging leaders, promote excellence and encourage a higher level of training for those working in the forest and wood manufacturing sectors.
Ian Boyd, Fitec Chief Executive, says that over the last eighteen months since the initiative was launched, a total of 13 scholarships have been awarded – a reflection, he says,  of the calibre of applicants and the interest businesses have in developing future leaders.
The four Christmas recipients are:

·       Rochelle Russell, Carter Holt Harvey Woodproducts LVL, Marsden Point

·       Warren Ropiha, HB Forestry, Hawkes Bay

·       Douglas Allan, Carter Holt Harvey Woodproducts Plywood Mill, Tokoroa

·       Frankie Taituma, Lake Taupo Forest Trust, Turangi

The scholarships must be undertaken over the next 12 months and recipients choose from either an eight-day Outward Bound Navigator Leadership Development Programme, or a three-day NZ Institute of Management Leadership, Motivation and Team Building course.
“Both courses offer recipients the opportunity to stretch and develop their skills so that they can take on new levels of responsibility and become effective future leaders,” says Mr Boyd.
Warren has picked the eight-day Outward Bound Navigator Leadership Development Programme while Rochelle, Frankie and Douglas have chosen the three-day NZIM Institute of Management Leadership, Motivation and Team Building course.
Of the 20 applications that were received, 10 finalists were short-listed and interviewed. Their employers provided more in depth information via phone interviews, before a Fitec panel chose the recipients.
Ian Boyd says, “Fitec is pleased to be able to help them step up to the next level and we hope they gain a lot from their course.”
The next round of scholarships will open in May 2010, with up to four more scholarships being awarded in August 2010.
Interested applicants need to be over 21, have at least three years work experience, a minimum of a Level 3 National Certificate and want to be a leader in the forest, wood manufacturing or furniture industry (see:
Fitec is the Industry Training Organisation for the forestry, wood manufacturing, biosecurity and furniture industries,


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