About this resource

BuildingLearning is an on-line training resource business that specialises in developing literacy-assisted course materials for timber workers.

This website is a work in progress. Its aim is to provide on-line learning resources to cover a range of competencies from the FWP (Forest and Wood Products) Training Package.

Stage 1 of the project will concentrate on the following competencies:

The learning material is divided into sections, as shown on the Home page. Each section has a set of lesson pages that provide background information on the topics covered, plus various web links and references to other source documents.

We welcome feedback from users of the site, so if you have any suggestions for improvements or wish to make a comment, please contact David McElvenny at: david@workspacetraining.com.au.

About the development team

Content writer, photographer: David McElvenny

Web developer, voice-over narrator: James McElvenny

Graphic artist: Kath Ware

All images, including photos and line drawings, were produced by David McElvenny and Kath Ware, unless otherwise referenced on the relevant web pages.

The line drawings showing typical softwood and hardwood cell structures are based on images from Wood in Australia by K.R. Bootle, McGraw Hill (1983).

The photos taken through a microscope of softwood and hardwood cell structures are used with permission of the CSIRO.

About BuildingLearning

BuildingLearning is owned and operated by David McElvenny and James McElvenny.

David McElvenny has worked in the timber industry for 45 years. He is a former member of the Standards Australia TM3 (timber grading) committee and has been involved in training timber workers for the last 30 years. Over the years, he has developed a wide range of training resources with LLN (language literacy and numeracy) support built into the technical content, including many resources funded by federal and state government agencies. For more information about David’s training activities, go to: Workspace Training.

James McElvenny is an academic and software developer. With around 20 years' experience in creating innovative computer-based resources, he now focuses on the development of online platforms for the delivery of course material and assessment. For more information about his work, go to his professional webpage.