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Beyond the Bale : December 2015
ON FARM 43 JOB READY SHED STAFF AWI is undertaking hands-on practical courses for school students to help attract them into the wool harvesting industry and make them job ready for shed work. Students from Warren Central School and Gilgandra Public School during AWI-funded training at Haddon Rig, NSW. AWI also makes available training resources such as shearing and wool handling videos. The videos, which are available on AWI’s YouTube channel, 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.youtube.com/ AWIWoolProduction In July, AWI organised a two-day crutching school for students from Warren Central School in NSW. Eight students from Year 9/10 Agriculture and Year 11 Primary Industry classes attended the training that was held at George and Sally Falkiner’s ‘Haddon Rig’ property and run by Shaun Wilson and Andrew Newstead from AWI’s Independent Coaching Program. The training involved many aspects of the wool industry and taught students about safety and equipment in the shed as well as learning to crutch. “All students who attended worked really well and were commended by the presenters on their work ethic,” said teacher Bill Murray from Warren Central School. “By the end of the second day all students – the girls and boys – were very accomplished and were even able to teach their Deputy Principal the fine points of crutching.” In November the Warren Central School students, along with students from Gilgandra Public School, attended a week-long follow up course in which they learnt about wool handling and how to shear. “During this class, the students learnt much more about the wool industry. It was a great course and everyone really enjoyed the hard but very informative week,” Mr Murray said. A similar week-long course has also recently been held for students from Wellington High School at Hugh Taylor’s property, and a course for Tenterfield High School students is scheduled for this month at Hugh McCowen’s ‘Mispah’ property. “The aim of these courses is to have the students come out of the week ready to be safely engaged in shed work during their school holidays, with some of the students able to be employed as crutchers. It also provides good grounding for a career in shearing,” AWI shearing industry development coordinator Jim Murray said. “The course teaches how to identify different types of wool and practical wool handling skills. It also teaches handpiece skills and how to safely handle sheep – imperative skills for crutching and shearing. “It’s important to have people entering the industry job ready. Shearing contractors are more likely to employ a youngster if they already have good skills – the higher the better. “AWI’s longer term plan is that trainees will come out of our high school courses job ready for shearing as well as crutching and shed work.” COURSES CREATING WOOL HARVESTING VIDEOS – NOW ONLINE
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