The Timber Forest Training College (TFTC) in Lae, Papua New Guinea has sent six students to New Zealand for employment for the first time this year. This is after 39 years of offering certificates in skills training. College principal Vagi Lovo said this was history for the school during the 39th graduation last week.Source: PNG Post Courier
“TFTC was led and administered by New Zealanders in the 1980s. To this day the school as the only institution in the country that provides skills training to young people in the downstream processing of the forest sector is a result of the good relationship with New Zealand,” he said.
Mr Lovo said the school generates its own revenue through timber, furniture sales and sawmill and chainsaw servicing.
“New Zealanders have also been of great help in providing technical assistance with the machines of the school,” he added.
Mr Lovo said that six students selected for employment in New Zealand are all certified with certificates in log scaling, small sawmill operations and apprentice stage one block course in wood machining and saw doctoring.