Training and Education Needs Analysis for the Forest Industry (2010-11)

"Training and Education Needs Analysis for the Forest Industry" 
is the guideline document for FTEI forestry skills funded programmes.

See following link;

FTEI 2011 : Training and Education Needs Analysis for the Forest Industry

Details are available on the 'Tenders' page of this website.


FTEI, with the assistance of the Forest Service, has been charged with encouraging and supporting the provision of Forestry Education and Skills training.

The Board of FTEI has agreed that and an analysis of the education and skills requirements of the forestry sector is vital to identifying priorities and develop a plan for the future.
The Training and Education Needs Analysis (TENA) will be carried out by an independent body who will tender for the work. See below for the detailedscoping document which clearly defines the objectives.

In broad terms the TENA objectives are as follows;
1.Present a concise historical report on forestry and education and skills training since the foundation of the state.

2.Describe the structure and state of forestry education and skills training in Ireland today.

3.Develop scenarios on how Irish forestry will develop over the next 10 years and broadly identify the education and training needs.

4.Prioritise the short to medium term education and training needs.

5.Look at forestry education in other countries for good models appropriate to Ireland.

6.Identify how the existing education and training structure best serve future needs and what changes or innovations may be required.

7.Identify what encouragements and supports will be required to ensure that forestry education and skills training meet the needs and full potential of Irish forestry.

 The TENA document was undertaken and completed by Purser Tarleton Russell Ltd  after successful completion of FTEI Tendering Process.


Training Needs Analysis with specific reference to Harvesting of Thinnings(2008/9)


A new standard of harvesting professional is required, in Ireland, to deal with the special challenges of thinning. They need to be versatile, well trained individuals capable of interacting with both producers and consumers, effectively managing their machinery while optimizing the long term value of the crop.They should also have the capacity to manage safety procedures in line with current legislation and maintaining the integrity of the environment.

 FTEI are working towards a plan for the forest industry to develop a structured training and career path for general harvesting personnel and are of the opinion that the specialist requirements of thinning operations should be recognised.

 We believe it necessary to identify the most suitable candidates for training and then identify how best to support and encourage them to stay in the industry.To achieve this proposal and get specialized training in place, FTEI have taken the first crucial step by undertaking a training needs analysis (TNA) from which will come reliable training needs requirements. This TNA involved broad consultation and a thorough examination of current practices, future requirements, numbers of trained operators, skills shortages and has endeavored to reach a situation of identifying detailed training needs.

 Objectives and Recommendations of the Timber Harvesting (Thinning) Operators Training Needs Analysis – 2009

This is an analysis of training needs specific to current and future requirements for skilled harvesting machine operators to thin our developing forest resource.  Its principle objectives are:

1.     To quantify the scale of the forest resource to be thinned over the next decade and from this, provide an estimate of the potential volumes of timber available to be harvested from this resource;

2.     To estimate the number of thinning machine operatives required to carry out the forecast thinning operations and present a clear vision regarding the skill sets and competence levels required among these operatives to ensure best operational practice and optimal timber supply chain efficiencies;

3.     To provide an understanding of the current state of play of the Irish Forest Industry regarding how we train and accredit operatives within our harvesting infrastructure;

4.     To present a new vision for harvesting machine operator training and accreditation in Ireland.

The following list summarises the principal recommendations arising from this analysis of training needs:

1.     Provide a new level of training to equip operators with additional skills to work within the private sector under very low levels of supervision and management;

2.  Develop a new nationally standardised Operator Training & Certification System, implemented through a modularised and phased approach using existing training and educational resources in Ireland wherever possible.  This new Operator Training & Certification System should be modular, to allow participants to develop their skill base over time while working productively within the industry and gaining valuable experience;

3.     Develop a new group of FETAC awards specific to harvesting machine operators.   This award group should cater for three operator standards:

                      I.        Forwarder Operator (FETAC Level 5)

                     II.        Harvester & Forwarder Operator (Clearfell) (FETAC Level 5)

                    III.        Harvester & Forwarder Operator (Thinnings) (FETAC Level 6)

4.  Develop and promote a recognised and structured career path for machine operators linked to the FETAC system;

5.   Develop a new and objective system of profiling and screening potential new entrants to the new Operator Training & Certification System;

6.  Ensure that the proposed modular structure of the new Operator Training & Certification System allows existing operators to gain certification at the various standards, either immediately or through further training and development.



email the FTEI Secretary:
Post to; Forestry Training and Education Ireland Ltd, Main Street, Delvin, Co.Westmeath

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