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AWI and Longreach Pastoral College join forces for wool industry upskilling

Two of the acknowledged leaders in education and skills development in the sheep and wool industry have joined forces to fund and deliver Novice Shearing and Wool Handling Workshops in Queensland's central west.

Stuart McCullough CEO of Australian Wool Innovation Limited (AWI) announced that an agreement had been signed for Longreach Pastoral College to deliver novice shearing and wool handling in-shed workshops.

"These in-shed shearing and wool handling workshops are run by experienced coaches, working with shearing teams in-shed to improve workplace performance.  Longreach Pastoral College is coordinating the delivery of the workshops in Queensland," said Mr McCullough.

Coaching is available for shearers and for wool handlers.  "For shearers, this training is based on the five pillars of shearing – grip, free hand, gear and cut, entry points and position" said Mr McCullough.  He went on to explain "For wool handlers, the training methodology is based on the core principles of team work, temperament, timing and technique."

Topics covered include occupational health and safety, handpiece preparation, shearing gear maintenance, shearing and crutching skills, fleece preparation, contamination, fleece throwing and skirting, and wool pressing teamwork. 

AWI said the program is designed to achieve higher work output levels and improvements in the overall quality of shearing and wool handling, resulting in high and consistent clip quality. 

"The courses will be individually tailored to meet the varying needs and experience of shearers and wool handlers," said Longreach Pastoral College Director Karen Smith. "We will be working with shearing contractors, wool producers, and other industry affiliates to identify participants and ensure training can fill any skills gaps identified within the industry."

Anyone interested in the in-shed shearing and wool handling workshops, either for themselves or their workforce, can contact Longreach Pastoral College on 1800 888 710 or to register their interest. Workshops will be scheduled to commence in late 2016.


Photo caption:  In-shed shearing and wool handling courses aim to improve workplace improvement and clip quality, through individually tailoring the coaching to meet the varying needs and experiences of shearers and wool handlers.

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