This announcement was originally created by Auburn University and is being distributed by the Great Lakes Timber Professional Association (GLTPA) on behalf of Executive Director Henry Schienebeck
Dear logging firm owner or supervisor,
The logging industry is involved with training every day as new people come into the business, and as businesses adopt new machines and methods. Most of that training has been on-the-job training. Off-site, formal vocational logging training has been attempted throughout the US. In most cases the results were not memorable, and those programs could not be sustained.
Vocational training programs may survive if the program benefits exceed the program costs, and the program can communicate that to its constituents. The basic benefit training programs provide is to jump start job knowledge, behavior or skill which decreases the duration and cost (in lost productivity) of on-the-job training. How much is that worth? Only the employer knows for sure. The costs are more obvious with program tuition and lost wages during training, however state or grant sponsorship may offset some costs. Designing training programs requires an understanding of the costs and benefits of training programs and how that compares to on-the job training and experience. We have designed a survey for logging employers and supervisors that should help describe:
- What job training or experience is worth to employers
- Whether acceptable levels of job performance be accomplished by training; and,
- What kinds of training programs best address employer needs.
If you are a logging business owner or crew supervisor please go to the link and complete the survey. It should take 10-15 minutes of your time. Feel free to forward the link to others.
If you fill out the survey you will receive a web link that will give you access to more detailed study results than will be publicly available.
Thanks for your help
Mathew Smidt, Extension Specialist, Auburn University, firstname.lastname@example.org