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Scholarships a boost for forestry career

An extra incentive is on offer for those keen to further a career in forestry with the help of two $1500 scholarships.

Eastland Wood Council offers two scholarships each year, for those either wanting to enter the industry or people already in forestry and keen to upskill or retrain, work in the region and/or whakapapa to Tairawhiti.

Chief executive Kim Holland said it is all part of the Wood Council's commitment to growing its people.

“There are a wide range of further learning opportunities for people within the forest industry — from on-the-job training through industry training organisations, to the diploma offered by Turanga Ararau/Toi Ohomai and on to degree level programmes at Canterbury University,” she said.

Principal companies offer internships and work experience for those looking to study at Canterbury, as the graduates are highly sought after.

Last year's two scholarship recipients reflect the spectrum of opportunities in forestry — one completing a tertiary qualification and the other working in the industry and upskilling.

Reihana Fisher completed his Bachelor of Forest Science at the University of Canterbury and Wade Brunt is studying towards the New Zealand Certificate in Exercise, to enhance the work he has been doing to improve the health and wellbeing of his workmates.

Applications for the 2020 scholarships must be in by 5pm, March 31. For more information and the application form, head to http://eastlandwood.co.nz/growing-our-people/scholarships/ 2020, or email info@eastlandwood.co.nz