Connecting & Belonging is not only the name of the Diversity Action Plan that we have developed as an industry over the past two years, but it is also the experience I have had as the manager of this project.
The accomplishments of our 30+ reference group members, in not only developing the DAP, but in connecting with each other, connecting with others outside of the industry and fostering a sense of belonging within our industry. I have felt privileged to be a part of this team and to have so many people share their time, expertise and friendships.
By working together, we have been able to create the GREAT Environment that is the objective of the DAP:
Key initiatives from the past two years of this project are highlighted in the Project Report now available on the TFFPN Website HERE.
We have developed a new training program to support supervisors in leadership; created opportunities to have discussions on what a respectful and inclusive workplace looks like and supported women with scholarships for I-LEAD. This is just a sample of our activities over the past two years.
Whilst this project may have officially concluded, there are many legacy activities that will continue. Keep a look out for the launch of the young forest employee network initiative with RAW and multicultural awareness training with Migrant Resource Centre, North next year. We are also supporting FPA to develop new Aboriginal Cultural Awareness resources that will be available to all forest industry employees to increase their cultural awareness.
The Forest Leadership Skill Set, developed by this project is now taking enrolments for delivery by TasTAFE starting in later January 2024. Find out more, including how to enroll HERE.
I have found the past two years working on this project to be a privilege. I have enjoyed connecting with people from across our industry and community and feel proud to work in forestry. Thank you to those who have supported both this project and me personally, and whilst the project may have concluded, this work is ongoing.
Wishing you all lovely break to recharge and I look forward to seeing you again next year.