June 6th, 2013

Competenz welcomes the Forestry, Wood Manufacturing and Furniture industries

Further consolidation of the ITO sector happened on May 1st when Competenz took over responsibility for the forestry, wood manufacturing, furniture and biosecurity ITO, FITEC.

During the transition process the FITEC website is still available to view here.

“Competenz, as a high performing ITO, is committed to delivering high quality training meeting industry’s needs,” says John Blakey, Competenz CEO. “We will maintain operations in Rotorua, a sector identity for the forestry industry within our brand, and a sector advisory committee structure, and we will continue to engage with all wider industry stakeholder groups.”

The rationale for FITEC’s merger with Competenz is based on the strong links between manufacturing and wood processing where there are already overlaps with training qualifications. There are also links with forestry where increasing mechanisation, in-forest log manufacturing, and use of heavy equipment provide a ready relationship with engineering and manufacturing.

In addition, the forest and wood industries are keen to keep the wood supply chain intact and industry associations have expressed support for the merger.

“The upskilling of the employees in the sectors we cover is vital to the health of the New Zealand economy,” says Blakey, “The merger between Competenz and FITEC will simplify the system and provide benefits not only for learners and companies but for the country as well.

For more information, please contact Fiona Kingsford, General Manager Strategy & Integration, on 09 539 9837, or email