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Beyond the Bale : September 2016
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 productivity, skills development and professionalism. “The training for harvesting staff is provided by Registered Training Organisations and also through AWI’s Independent Coaching Program,” AWI’s shearing industry development coordinator Jim Murray says. “Training covers a wide range of experience, from learner to professional shearers and novice to professional wool handlers. It is also offered as short term, intensive workshops across a range of skill levels. “The Independent Coaching Program, which was introduced three years ago, is now entrenched and proving very successful. It provides AWI with an avenue to contract 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. NSW WA VIC SA QLD TAS 2015/16 TOTAL In-shed shearer coaching Days: 265 138 251 60 25 45 784 Number trained: 517 213 487 220 101 62 2,478 In-shed wool handler coaching Days: 85 40 113 57 25 66 386 Number trained: 194 70 311 165 58 230 1,028 Novice, high school workshops Days: 288 Number of attendees: 760 Total training days provided 1,458 Total number coached/trained 4,266 directly with experienced trainers, reducing administrative costs; it is proving to be a cost effective way of delivery.” TRAINING NUMBERS REMAIN HIGH AWI investment in the promotion and recruitment of shearers and wool handlers results in significant numbers trained at all levels. In 2015/16, 1,458 days training were delivered seeing 4,266 individuals through AWI-funded programs across Australia (see table below), which is a slight increase from 2014/15. The delivery was a combination of in-shed training, novice schools, high school groups and workshops. These workshops serve an important role in providing a range of training services to the wool industry – through improver to advanced and professional workshops for the continued development of wool harvesting professionals. High school students in WA in the Agricultural School system were provided with training in the wool harvesting industry by AWI-funded coaches. Exchange programs are undertaken with New Zealand for young potential trainers, and both interstate and with New Zealand for senior trainers. HARVESTING VIDEOS FEATURE TOP TIPS AWI training resources are in constant demand which has resulted in all 200 of AWI’s shearing and wool handling video tutorials being now available on USB (call the AWI Helpline on 1800 070 099) and also on YouTube at www.youtube.com/AWIWoolProduction. The short online tutorials 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 tutorials include advice from experienced shearers, wool handlers and wool classers such as Shannon Warnest, Dwayne Black and Rachel Hutchinson. “People working in shearing sheds have traditionally learnt their skills ‘on the job’ by being shown; these videos use the same approach,” Jim says. “Available on USB, they are a great way of getting information to people working in the industry as the videos are suitable to be watched in the shearing shed on laptop computers. “Good training is essential for new and existing people working in sheds. These videos complement the free in-shed training for novice, improver and professional shearers and wool handlers that AWI continues to provide.” MORE INFORMATION www.wool.com/shearertraining SHEARER & WOOL HANDLER TRAINING AWI funding helps improve the skill levels of shearers and wool handlers and therefore the quality of woolgrowers’ clip. 48 ON FARM
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