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Beyond the Bale : June 2013
Students attracted to the shed seLLIng more WooL on-farm 37 June 2013 BeYoNd the BaLe taste for a career path in the industry. “Our training provides them with enough skills for them to be taken on in the sheds by an employer, either after they’ve finished school or during their holidays. “I often see them come back to do their traineeships. With me – on the wool handling side of things – they’ll do their Cert 2 and Cert 3 wool handling traineeships, and then often they get to go on and do their wool classing – and so they develop a career. Some of them will go on to the shearing guys.” Ms Povey says she enjoys being a mentor and seeing the students’ skills develop. “They’re our next guys and girls that are going to come into the industry and keep our industry at the high level that it is. It’s really great to see them thrive. “Although my family has a Merino property and I‘ve been in the sheds all my life, I wish this sort of training had been available when I was at school – it would have made my professional debut into the industry so much easier.” Student Mitchell Walsh from Braidwood Central School who attended the course at Hurlstone was impressed with the training. “I reckon I’ve learned a fair bit from the wool high school students from across the Sydney basin and regional NSW recently undertook a week of hands-on wool handling and shearing education at the Hurlstone Agricultural High School shearing shed, under the guidance of trainers Emma Povey and Phillip Balcombe of TAFE Western, Dubbo. Funded by AWI, this kind of training gives high school students the opportunity to learn and experience the practical aspects of the wool harvesting industry, and ultimately aims to attract new workers into the industry. Wool handling trainer Emma Povey says it’s very rewarding to pass on her skills to the younger generation and see them develop their skills in the industry. “When they first come into the shed, they don’t know how to handle a sheep at all,” she says. “But by the end of our week- long school, they have a rapport with the animal, they’ve acquired skills that they can use to earn a few dollars during the holidays, and more importantly they’ve now got a fast facts l Students from high schools across the Sydney basin and regional NSW were recently given the opportunity to learn and experience the practical aspects of the wool harvesting industry. l By funding initiatives such as this, AWI aims to attract new workers into the Australian wool harvesting industry. l AWI funds the delivery of a range of shearer and wool handler training to increase the quality and capacity of the wool harvesting industry and the Australian wool clip. handling and shearing,” he said. “I didn’t expect it to be as hard as it was but you just get used to it. It’s good experience and something that I’ll always have.” More information: View a video of training at Hurlstone at www.youtube. com/AWIWoolProduction For the contact details of AWI’s preferred shearing and wool handling training provider in your state, contact the AWI Helpline on 1800 070 099. Smar t Innovation s Simple Solution s www.perkinz.com.au HAS JUST GOT EASY “It’s just so much easier on a CrutchMaster” ALEX DIREEN CALL NOW 1-800-750-584 Save Time Save Money Save Your Back EBM1001 EBM 1001 CrutchMaster Press Ad 200x128_ƒ.indd 1 4/12/13 5:08 PM Wool handling trainer emma Povey coaching high school student mitchell Walsh.