On Thursday this week, Packages of Learning students participated in a work exposure workshop and on-site opportunity delivered by the Forest Education Foundation of Tasmania.  

The day began with an overview of the Forestry Industry, and the career path opportunities available to students including, apprenticeships, traineeships, and a School Forestry Work Experience Program.  

This was followed by guided networking tours of Britton Bros Veneer Mill at Somerset, Timber displays at UTAS, and the Forico Forestry Mill at Hampshire, where students were exposed to operations and equipment and informed of potential career opportunities in the respective workplaces.    

The culminating activity was a visit to a forestry harvest operation near Tewksbury where students experienced a working timber coupe and the processes involved in a harvest, as well as viewing enormous and sophisticated heavy machinery in action.  

Packages of Learning students and teachers wish to extend their sincere thanks to Darcy Vickers and Emily Nash from Forest Education Foundation, Drew McDairmid from Britton Timbers, Clarissa Forster from UTAS, Paul Sturzaker from Forico, and assisting ex-Marist students now in the Forestry Industry – Rosanne Champion and Luke Chamley, for facilitating this awesome opportunity to engage with the Forestry Industry and to network in relation to future work experience opportunities. 

Mr Jack Filz 

POL Teacher