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Beyond the Bale : September 2015
ON FARM 47 AWI funding helps improve the skill levels shearers and wool handlers and therefore the quality of woolgrowers' clip. Pictured here is AWI shearer trainer Ian Elkins, who was inducted into the Australian Shearers' Hall of Fame this year, training young shearers. AWI funds training for shearers and wool handlers to attract and retain new entrants into the wool harvesting industry, build the capacity and longevity of existing staff, and increase returns to woolgrowers through improved clip preparation practices. SHEARER AND WOOL HANDLER TRAINING Adequate numbers of highly skilled professional staff to harvest and handle a high quality Australian wool clip in a timely manner are key to the profitability of the Australian wool industry. AWI therefore funds hands-on practical training for shearers and wool handlers in the shed, aimed particularly at increasing their skill development. The training for harvesting staff covers a wide range of experience, from learner to professional shearers and novice to professional wool handlers. The training is provided by registered training organisations and also through AWI's Independent Coaching Program that contains trainers of the caliber of Ian Elkins from the ACT and Kevin Gellatly from WA who were both recently inducted into the Australian Shearers' Hall of Fame. The Independent Coaching Program, which was introduced two years ago, provides AWI with the direct contracting of trainers and is a cost effective way of the providing training. This program is proving very popular with all stakeholders. AWI investment in the promotion and recruitment of shearers and wool handlers has resulted in significant numbers trained at all levels. In 2014/15, 2490 shearers and 1127 wool handlers were trained directly through AWI-funded programs across Australia. An additional 350 participants in 2014/15 were trained in crutching and other shearing and woolhandling workshops. These workshops serve an important role in providing a range of training services to the wool industry -- from an introduction to wool harvesting and basic skills for new shearers and wool handlers, through improver to advanced and professional workshops for continued development of wool harvesting professionals. In 2014/15, high school students in WA in the Agricultural school system were also provided with training in the wool harvesting industry by AWI-funded coaches through in-shed or at school demonstrations of shearing and woolhandling. AWI also makes available training resources that are in constant demand, such as shearing and wool handling videos. The videos, which are available on USB from the AWI Helpline on 1800 070 099, are a complete reference guide for shearers, wool handlers, woolgrowers, instructors and students working in various areas of wool harvesting. Packed with tips, hints and practical advice, the videos include advice from experienced shearers, wool handlers and wool classers such as Shannon Warnest, Dwayne Black and Rachel Hutchinson. MORE INFORMATION www.wool.com/shearertraining NSW WA VIC SA QLD TA S 2014/15 TOTAL In-shed shearer coaching Days 259 195 236 37 29 36 792 Number trained 798 617 735 133 94 113 2490 In-shed wool handler coaching Days 78 115 89 38 24 36 380 Number trained 287 278 312 87 48 115 112 7 Total number coached/trained 1085 895 1047 220 142 228 3617 2014/15 IN SHED SHEARER AND WOOL HANDLER TRAINING