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Beyond the Bale : September 2017
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. In the past financial year, 1,591.5 days training were delivered through AWI-funded programs across Australia (see table below), an increase of 9% from 2015/16, with the number trained rising 23% from last year to 5,236. “The training for harvesting staff is provided through AWI’s Independent Coaching Program and also by Registered Training Organisations,” 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 delivery was a combination of in-shed training, novice schools and workshops. This year for the first time, AWI funded training in the Shear-Jitsu technique, the new way to perform the catch and drag.” “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.” Also available on YouTube is the new series of four training videos, featured in the June edition of Beyond the Bale, that highlight the Shear-Jitsu technique that shearers utilise to help them prevent injury and increase the longevity of their careers. MORE INFORMATION www.wool.com/shearertraining SHEARER AND WOOL HANDLER TRAINING REMAINS A PRIORITY 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. 2016/17 SHEARER AND WOOL HANDLER TRAINING ACTIVITIES NSW WA Vic SA Qld Tas 2016/17 TOTAL In-shed shearer coaching Days: 248.5 163 191.5 64 35 39 741 Number trained: 1,152 381 489 275 90 74 2,461 In-shed wool handler coaching Days: 122 92 124.5 36 27 52 453.5 Number trained: 360 252 394 101 141 131 1,379 Novice/workshops Days: 377 Number trained: 1,184 Shear-Jitsu coaching Days: 20 Number trained: 212 Total training days provided 1,591.5 Total number coached/trained 5,236 HARVESTING VIDEOS FEATURE TOP TIPS Complementing the free in-shed training, AWI’s shearing and wool handling video tutorials continue to be in constant demand, with all 200 being available on USB and also on YouTube. 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. AWI-funded trainer Ian Elkins with a shearing class at Cavan Station near Yass, NSW, in January this year. PHOTO: Yass Tribune. TAFE SA trainer Rick Chilcott demonstrating grinding during AWI-funded in-shed coaching at Moyhall Pastoral Co near Naracoorte in October last year. PHOTO: Steve Bourne. ON FARM 57
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