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Wool Stocktake : AWI Annual Report 2016-17
STRATEGIC TARGETS Targets for three-year period 2016/17 to 2018/19 Progress during 2016/17 1. Increase shed productivity by, on average, four sheep per day by 2019 across the whole industry. In progress. Shed productivity is monitored via milestone reports and surveys of contractors and shearers; productivity is increased by longevity and retention. 2. Cost per person trained remains constant in real terms. On track. The cost per person trained has remained constant. 3. Commercial availability of at least one technology, by 2019, to increase the efficiency of wool harvesting. On target. A number of new technologies and techniques are being developed and evaluated to improve efficiency, productivity and work health and safety. KEY RESULTS DURING 2016/17 2016/17 SHEARER AND WOOL HANDLER TRAINING ACTIVITIES NSW WA Vic SA Qld Tas 2016/17 TOTAL In-shed shearer coaching Days: 248.5 163 191.5 64 35 39 741 Number trained: 1,152 381 489 275 90 74 2,461 In-shed wool handler coaching Days: 122 92 124.5 36 27 52 453.5 Number trained: 360 252 394 101 141 131 1,379 Novice/workshops Days: 377 Number trained: 1,184 Shear-Jitsu coaching Days: 20 Number trained: 212 Total training days provided 1,591.5 Total number coached/trained 5,236 • In 2016/17, 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. In the past financial year, 1,591.5 days training were delivered through AWI-funded programs across Australia (see table above), an increase of 9% from 2015/16, with the number trained rising 23% from last year to 5,236. The delivery was a combination of in-shed training, novice schools and workshops. This year for the first time, AWI funded training in the Shear-Jitsu technique, the new way to perform the catch and drag. • 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. The ICP is proving very successful at providing AWI with an avenue to contract directly with experienced trainers, reducing administrative costs and is proving a cost-effective way of delivery. • AWI provided support to local shearing competitions affiliated with Sports Shear Australia in 2016/17. 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 held a shearing industry day in June to help guide the future of wool harvesting. Woolgrowers, shearers, engineers and contractors were invited to attend and discuss current shearing alternatives AWI undertakes hands-on practical courses for students to help attract them into the wool harvesting industry and make them job ready for shed work. such as upright shearing alongside other related issues such as shearing shed design, workplace health and safety, human resources, retro-fitting woolsheds and mobile shearing technology. • A new series of four training videos produced this year highlight ways that shearers can prevent injury and increase the longevity of their careers. The videos feature Pera Davies who developed the Stand and Deliver - Shear-Jitsu technique, which is a new way to perform the catch and drag. The videos are available on YouTube. • AWI’s other digital format training resources are in constant demand, with them available on USB and also on YouTube. The tutorials are a complete reference guide for shearers, wool handlers, woolgrowers, instructors and students working in various areas of wool harvesting. Copies are available to woolgrowers on request via the AWI Helpline on 1800 070 099. REPORT OF 2016/17 OPERATIONS – WOOLGROWER SERVICES 37
AWI Annual Report 2015-16