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Wool Stocktake : AWI Annual Report 2015-16
AWI undertakes courses for school students to help attract them into the wool harvesting industry and make them job ready for shed work. Pictured are students from Warren Central School and Gilgandra Public School during AWI-funded training at Haddon Rig, NSW. • A combination of In Shed training, Novice schools, High School groups and workshops serve an important role in providing a range of training services to the wool industry – through improver to advanced and professional workshops for continued development of wool harvesting professionals. • High school students in WA in the Agricultural school system were provided with training in the wool harvesting industry by AWI-funded coaches. This is reflected in the WA in-shed training coaching figures and a subsequent increase in the workshops figures. • Exchange programs have continued with New Zealand for young potential trainers, and both interstate and with New Zealand for senior trainers. • AWI provided support to all local shearing competitions affiliated with Sports Shear Australia in 2015/16. Part of AWI’s support includes payment of entry fees for learner shearers and novice wool handlers. AWI also provided support to state and the national shearing and woolhandling championships. The aims of providing support to shearing competitions are to promote excellence in the wool harvesting industry, encourage young people to join the industry, and encourage continued development of techniques in shearing and woolhandling. • AWI continued to distribute the Woolshed Safety Signage Kit, which includes 36 safety signs. The aim of these signs is to help improve and promote safety in woolsheds. The kit is now available to purchase online at www.wool.com/shedsafety • More than 37,000 Shearing Shed ‘Code of Conduct’ posters were also distributed through AWI’s Beyond the Bale magazine and additional copies Year 10 student Shania Willison was one of eleven students from Years 10, 11 and 12 at WA College of Agriculture, Harvey, who attended a five-day shearing and wool handling school, funded by AWI, at Rylington Park near Boyup Brook in November 2015. are available to woolgrowers on request. For additional copies call the AWI Helpline on 1800 070 099. • AWI training resources are in constant demand which has resulted in all AWI’s shearing and wool handling digital format tutorials being now available on USBs and also on You Tube. The 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. AWI’s shearer trainers also help out in AWI marketing initiatives. Jonesy & Amanda of WSFM Radio took their leading breakfast show on an outside broadcast to the Sydney Royal Easter Show where the duo tried their hand at shearing. Under the expert guidance of AWI’s shearing industry development coordinator Jim Murray and leading shearer Ian Elkins the radio hosts relayed their positive experiences live to their large Sydney audience. REPORT OF 2015/16 OPERATIONS – ON-FARM R&D 19
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