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Wool Stocktake : AWI Annual Report 2007-08
Skilled staff are seen by the Australian wool industry as being integral to the harvesting and preparation of the Australian wool clip. AWI’s shearer and wool handler training program has aimed to: – help the wool harvesting industry ensure the availability of competent workers through the delivery of industry relevant training programs and credible skill assessment – attract and retain new entrants – build the capacity of existing workers – increase the profitability of woolgrowers – maximise government funding and support for shearer and wool handler training 1842 shearers and 1213 wool handlers have been trained directly through the AWI program in 2007/08. Evaluation surveys have highlighted that 79 per cent of contractors and growers who witnessed the training considered it to be “excellent” – an increase of 10 per cent from the previous year. AWI has worked hard over the last twelve months to increase the Federal and State contributions to training delivery. The promotion of traineeships has been at the heart of this work. During 2007/08 AWI contributed $834,000 to training delivery. State and Federal funding, across Australia, is estimated to total $2,748,500, with traineeship funding estimated at $943,000. Overall the AWI funds invested in shearer and wool handler training have been leveraged 3.29 to 1. In 2003/04, prior to the establishment of the program, total funding contribution from Government was less than $1 million. A major outcome of the training program has been a gradual change in the culture which is occurring as high quality trainers are taking positive messages into working woolsheds. More information: www.wool.com.au AWI provides free training for improver and professional shearers as well as for novice and improver wool handlers within its regional coaching program. This training provided by Registered Training Organisations focuses on skill development for those individuals who work as shearers or wool handlers. If you would like to find out more about the AWI training program and/or what government funded training initiatives are available please contact AWI’s preferred training provider in your state: Improving the numbers, quality and productivity of shearers and woolhandlers is a focus for AWI StatE QLD NSW VIC TAS SA WA tRaiNiNG PROviDER AACC Western Institute of TAFE SCAA TAFE Tasmania TAFE SA CY O’Connor TAFE cONtact Jo Sheppard David Crean Stuart Grigg Luke Griffiths Bob Reid PHONE 0428 536 183 0419 422 340 0427 857 212 0407 060 970 0427 604 255 Stephen Madson 0409 080 243 AWI 07/08 ANNUAL 31 PHOTO: EVAN COLLIS
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