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Wool Stocktake : AWI Annual Report 2015-16
STRATEGY 2: WOOL HARVESTING & QUALITY PREPARATION STRATEGY 2 RESOURCES DURING 2015/16 $2,185,000 project expenditure + 2.3 AWI staff (full time equivalent) INVESTMENT FOCUS • Main investment is in supporting in-shed coaching of people holding basic skills (regional coaching in shearing and woolhandling). • Support for in-shed coaching of experienced shearers and wool handlers. • Promotion and development of awards for excellence - shearing and woolhandling competitions. • Provision of information on industry to potential students (high schools and TAFE) and the community more broadly to support recruitment. • Support of regular workshops for trainers - professional development and promote national consistency. • R&D for labour saving in sheep handling. STRATEGIC TARGETS Targets for three-year period 2013/14 to 2015/16 Progress during 2015/16 Meet or exceed COP requirements - based on improvements in Sports Shear Australia judging standards for shearing and wool clip quality. Achieved. Regular judging workshops conducted to increase judging standards and consistency which flows into on-the-job performance. Increase shed productivity by, on average, 4 sheep per run by 2017 across shearing contractors. Partly achieved. Monitored via milestone reports and surveys of contractors and shearers; productivity increased by longevity and retention. Cost per person trained remains constant in real terms. Achieved. Cost per person trained has remained constant. KEY RESULTS DURING 2015/16 SHEARER AND WOOL HANDLER TRAINING ACTIVITIES NSW WA Vic SA Qld Tas 2015/16 TOTAL In-shed shearer coaching Days: 265 138 251 60 25 45 784 Number trained: 965 367 763 220 101 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: Number of attendees: 288 760 Total training days provided 1,458 Total number coached/trained 4,266 • In 2015/16 AWI funded training for shearers and wool handlers across a range of skill development activities. These included from learner to professional shearers and from novice to professional wool handlers. Provided by Registered Training Organisations (RTOs), and AWI’s Independent Coaching Program (ICP), the training focused on shearers and wool handlers in the shed, particularly on increasing their productivity, skills development and professionalism. Training was also offered in the form of short term, intensive workshops across a range of skill levels. • The ICP is now entrenched and proving very successful. This program provides AWI with an avenue to contract directly with experienced trainers, reducing administrative costs and is proving a cost effective way of delivery. • Cost savings meant an increase in the number of days contracted (1,458 days training delivered) with an increase in the numbers trained (4,266) from the 2014/15 year. Cost per person trained remained on target. AWI provides support to shearing and wool handling competitions at local, state and national levels. The aim is to promote excellence and encourage better techniques in shearing and wool handling. Pictured are wool handlers Tara Smith and Sarah Moran taking part in the Trans-Tasman Test against New Zealand at Hamilton in Victoria at the end of September 2015. 18 REPORT OF 2015/16 OPERATIONS – ON-FARM R&D
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