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Wool Stocktake : AWI Annual Report 2017-18
WOOL HARVESTING & QUALITY PREPARATION INVESTMENT FOCUS In-Shed training AWI will continue to support in-shed training. Workshops AWI will continue to develop and deliver workshops that are designed to complement commercial training opportunities. Innovative In-shed Technologies AWI will invest in research and development to enable the ultimate commercialisation of in-shed technologies and methods to improve the efficiency and quality of wool harvesting. AWI will continue to develop appropriate resources on shed operations, shearing and wool handling and ensure these are made available to industry on a cost-effective basis. STRATEGIC TARGETS Targets for three-year period 2016/17 to 2018/19 Progress during 2017/18 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 2017/18 2017/18 SHEARER AND WOOL HANDLER TRAINING ACTIVITIES* NSW WA Vic SA Qld Tas 2017/18 TOTAL In-shed shearer coaching Days: 327 225.5 173.5 60 27 55 868 Number trained: 1,233 924 524 212 82 168 3,143 In-shed wool handler coaching Days: 171.75 112 53 60 10 43 449.75 Number trained: 470 509 132 123 30 95 1,359 Novice/workshops Days: 172 Number trained: 1703 Shear-Jitsu coaching Days: 64 Number trained: 452 TOTAL TRAINING DAYS PROVIDED 1,553.75 TOTAL NUMBER COACHED/TRAINED 6,657 * In addition to the above, during 2017/18 there were 22 online training sessions through the Lojik training website during which there were 5,469 views by shearers (see below). • In 2017/18, 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, more than 1,500 days training were delivered through AWI-funded programs across Australia (see table above), which was a similar amount to the previous year. The delivery was a combination of in-shed training, novice schools and workshops. AWI-funded training in the Shear-Jitsu technique, the new way to perform the catch and drag expanded this year. • In addition to the above face-to-face training, AWI also funded online training through the Lojik training website and Facebook page run by world shearing record holder and top shearer trainer Dwayne Black. Nearly 5,500 views by shearers during 22 online training sessions were held during the year. The popular online learning resource for shearers helps them perfect their techniques, which in turn improves the quality of woolgrowers’ clips. 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. REPORT OF 2017/18 OPERATIONS – WOOLGROWER SERVICES 41
AWI Annual Report 2016-17