September 3rd, 2013

Forest & Wood Award Finalists - Training Leader of the Year

Adrian Greig – Juken New Zealand
Adrian Greig jokes that his department deals with basically everything nobody else wants.  It’s certainly a full brief promoting industry training, providing in-house training, identifying literacy and numeracy issues within the workforce and encouraging pro-active maintenance of machinery. 

The ESOL programmes Adrian promotes have been particularly beneficial to members of staff who struggle with English or have literacy issues.  ‘We do believe that as a result of training we are seeing increases in productivity and quality.  They understand the purpose behind it.  It’s just really helping them work smarter.’  And the fact that Adrian came from the factory floor himself helps enormously.  ‘A lot of guys out there feel they can do training too and get something out of it.’  

Les Bak – Nelson Forests Limited
Les leads the health and safety efforts of Nelson Forests and takes responsibility for 35 forestry staff, 70 staff at the Kaituna sawmill, and another 500 employed as part of the contract workforce.  It’s a role he takes very seriously. 

Through his efforts in the role he’s turned a relatively reactive and compliance-based workforce into one that is pro-active and focussed on achieving aspirational goals. Great communication skills have served Les well, as has his ability to employ the right tools such as the widely read newsletter he produces each week.  Mostly it’s his genuine concern for the health and wellbeing of everyone he works with that makes Les far more than a health and safety enforcer. His practical knowledge and enthusiasm for health and safety have directly contributed to an 80% reduction in serious injuries in the past five years.  

Woodwise Established in 1986, Woodwise provides high quality training and education to the wood manufacturing sector.   The company’s Managing Director, Paul Carpenter says some training relationships go back over 10 years.  Certainly the highly respected team at Woodwise have collectively been responsible for developing the skills of many in the wood manufacturing industry throughout New Zealand.  Those who have undergone training with Woodwise regularly comment on their increased self-confidence, skill levels, motivation, and productivity. Paul Carpenter says training benefits even those with decades of experience.  ‘It’s always interesting; we find that they all have gaps in their knowledge and skill so training reveals that for everyone.’