"Globalisation is changing the forest sector’s operating environment. There is a risk that expertise and technology management will move away from Finland", fears Finnish Forest Industries Federation’s President Anne Brunila.
"The markets and competition are in a state of transition, while demand is growing rapidly in Asia and on other developing markets but only slowly on the traditional markets. There is overcapacity in the mature markets and the cheapest raw materials are found in Latin America,” summarises Brunila. "Success will depend on our ability to renew and this will happen only through concentrating on expertise. Training needs improving to bring it in line with forest industry requirements."
Finland’s success is based solely on knowhow, specialization, high productivity, and a competitive operating environment.
The importance of expertise and training as a strategic corporate and community success factor continues to grow. Systematic, persistent work to develop training leads to a competitive edge which can be benefited from throughout the world. In addition, a swift reaction will ensure that Finland will remain the leading training centre for the forest cluster in the future as well. That means we must start improvements now because investments in education do not bear fruit until 5-10 years hence.
The Finnish Forest Industries Federation’s training and expertise objectives:
• professional training to support wide-ranging worker aptitude
• from basic qualifications to skilled industrial process employees
• vocational training to be concentrated
• sound foreman/-woman training
• training for forest harvester/forwarder operators and timber
haulage drivers must be increased.
University and college level education
• top science units for forest cluster
• professorships for fields important to the forest industry and
its customer sectors
• globally competitive top universities
• more priority for business skills in education.