STA Training Sdn Bhd

In 1996, the Sarawak Timber Association (“STA”) started a training programme for chainsaw operators which were managed by its Technical and Research Division. With the recruitment of the late Mr Jean Mato a Forest Industries Training & Educational Council (“FITEC”) registered trainer from New Zealand, STA started its first training for chainsaw operators in August 1996. This innovative programme was drawn up for training tree-felling operators in logging camps throughout Sarawak. Since then training requirements have grown significantly.

As such, STA Training Sdn Bhd (“STAT”), a subsidiary company of STA, was incorporated on 26 March 2002 mainly to take over the training functions of STA to ensure forestry workers employed by Member Companies of STA can comply with the then Section 54B of the Forests Ordinance (Sarawak Cap. 126) had now been renumbered under Section 51(1) of the Forests Ordinance, 2015 (Sarawak, Cap. 71). This Section, passed by the State Legislative Assembly at its sitting on 31 October 2001, requires all logging companies (as Employers) to hire properly trained workmen to carry out forestry activities, including harvesting operations. In response to this, STA and Forest Department Sarawak (“FDS”) engaged the then FITEC, New Zealand in 2004 as the consultant to design and implement training for the State. FITEC developed a training system based on unit standards and assessment documents for training forest workers under the Sarawak Modular Training Framework (“SMTF”).

Since then, STAT has been working closely with the State Government through the FDS to implement an integrated training system for the State. STAT currently has a staff strength of fifteen. Currently, STAT manages both Management Training and Skills Training.

STAT also aims:

  • To promote education and training related to forestry and forest management,
  • To undertake and transact all kinds of business related to the gathering and distribution of knowledge, and of information of every sort or kind relating to forestry and forest management, and
  • To co-operate with and to provide financial assistance to educational establishments or institutions for setting up courses related to forestry and forest management.

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