Bruce MacDonald on passion professionalism and knowledge
“I have been a student of all New Zealand arboricultural training providers including Otago Polytechnic, WINTEC, HITO and a couple of offshore providers too. For me, the point of difference is the professionalism, passion and knowledge delivery skills that Thoughtplanters brings to the student. The training material is excellent in both content, structure and format. The pedigree of Thoughtplanters education staff is the best I have encountered. Thank you for a reputable qualification”
Bruce MacDonald - Senior Consulting Arborist
Kent Thwaites on Johno Smith after running his first FCA (manager to trainer feedback)
Great job bro, you have nothing to worry about and heaps to offer.
We are all proud of the attendance and completion rate for these courses, the YTS [Youth Transition Services] officials are stoked and surprised!
Like Andy said, for some of the trainees this is the most committed they've been to any type of training. Says a lot about you as trainers.
Joe, Johno and Andy - thanks heaps for your flexibility and credibility. It's a pleasure working with you all, and Johno thanks for coming up north to sit in and assist Joe when needed over the past 6 months. He's set you up well and you've run with it.
After a years worth of courses, we've now put quite a few people into arb work places with continued good feed back from the employers. We now are getting trainees expressing interest in heading down the landscape and viticulture paths- they'll be good too.
Andy Nevernam on Johno Smith (trainer to trainer feedback)
I have done a few days the last 2 weeks with Johno and I would like you all to know that he is doing an excellent job. The young Westie boys can be a testing bunch at times and Johno has copped with this well in delivering the course and keeping them focused enough to complete the unit assessments and complete the FCA course. For some of these boys its the first academic certificate they have ever achieved and are looking forward to their graduation ceremony today, which Johno will do with the YTS staff. Johno has also arranged to give them all a hat (not sure if its TP or CE) to wear sideways around West Auckland...
Well done Johno – excellent representation of thoughtplanters and I look forward to training with you more
Training in Christchurch after the Earthquakes“thank you for organising the venue - the facilities were (while a little basic) very comfortable and the students commented that they really enjoyed sitting on the sofas and the informal nature of the venue. Thank you for supplying bottled water, the hand sanitizer and the porta-loo down the road”
Basic botany – WellingtonStudent comments in relation to training by Fiona Eadie
“It was a wonderful learning experience, the teacher was enthusiastic and cheerful”
“[I liked that it was] not a class of students, just equals that were all there willing to learn”
“[I liked] learning about what I do”
Plant selection course – ChristchurchStudent comments in relation to training by Mark Roberts
“I’ve had it [soil pH] explained to me many times and read about it in lots of books and I've never been able to get my head around it – but when you explained it today, it finally became real to me”
Chainsaw training – Palmerston NorthStudent comments in relation to training by Andrew (Andy) Neverman
“The tutor and group were easy natured, which helped me as an inexperienced [chainsaw] user”
Landscape Design - WellingtonStudent comments in relation to training by Micha Mahler
“It was good to improve my knowledge into areas that I haven’t been [thought about] before”
“Good tutor, good notes on material covered”
Chainsaw training – QueenstownStudent comments in relation to training by Andrew (Andy) Neverman
“[I liked] learning the rights and wrongs about what I have been doing for some time”
“[I liked] the hands on and getting shown whilst talking – then putting that into practice”
Tree Evaluation - ChristchurchStudent comments in relation to training by Bryan Gould of Horttraining
"Presented better than equivalent courses".....in reference to relevance compared to other courses he had previously attended.
"Useful websites for relevant information" ......in references to the additional research sources for everyone supplied in the learning material.
"Very worth while doing"
"[I] learned more in the morning of the first day than the whole of the previous course I’d attended with another provider"
Standard plant pests and diseases – WellingtonStudent comments in relation to training by Laurence Overton
“Thanks for making it enjoyable and informative”
“[I liked that the] information was of direct use to me in my work”
“[I liked that the] information was relevant and real for my job”
Electrical awareness - AucklandStudent comments in relation to training by David James
“Great pace and delivery – calm focused and professional”
“The subject was made easy to understand”
Plant structure and processes - WellingtonStudent comments in relation to training by Fiona Eadie
“The tutor has such a vast knowledge and a friendly / fun approach to teaching”
“The tutor obviously loves teaching about plants, she has such a passion about the subject”
“I loved the teachers attitude and enjoyed being part of the class”