Alexandria, La.— Perforex Forest Services, L.L.C. today began its first-ever paid apprenticeship training program for truck drivers and timber-equipment operators in the forest industry.
The Perforex Apprenticeship Program will run approximately one year. Partnering with Perforex in this training are RoyOMartin and Central Louisiana Technical Community College in Alexandria. Apprentices selected for the program will undergo paid classroom and on-the-job training covering logging-truck and timber-equipment operations and certification. Assisting with skills training will be experienced mentors. Upon completion of the Perforex Apprenticeship Program, successful students will have the skills necessary to achieve a Commercial Driver’s License and become a certified Timber Harvesting Equipment Operator. Graduates will then begin working for Perforex on a full-time basis in their chosen field.
“All across the country, including in Central Louisiana and at Perforex, there are shortages of individuals with the requisite skills and training to safely meet the needs of the increasingly more sophisticated and technology-focused wood-operations environment,” explains Perforex Forest Services, L.L.C. General Manager Stephen Dye.
Cade Young, vice president of land and timber for RoyOMartin, adds, “Within the timber-harvesting industry, equipment operators and CDL drivers are in greater demand than ever before. Having recognized this need, the Perforex Apprenticeship Program was developed to offer candidates specialized training, while enabling them to earn a competitive wage. Perforex prides itself on offering a safe work environment and industry-leading benefits and is committed to providing the training necessary to facilitate each candidate’s success.”
“Central Louisiana Technical Community College is excited about RoyOMartin’s investment in this private-public partnership,” states Jimmy Sawtelle, acting chancellor. “This is another great example of industry’s commitment to growing Central Louisiana’s workforce in higher-demand and higher-wage careers. We are proud they look to this college as a part of their workforce solution.”
“Deeply rooted in a 92-year tradition, Perforex Forestry Services and RoyOMartin proudly lead the way in providing a unique opportunity for willing individuals to learn valuable skills that will serve them exceptionally well for many years to come,” states RoyOMartin Vice President of Human Resources and Marketing Ray Peters of the apprenticeship program.