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Wool Stocktake : AWI Annual Report 2017-18
• Provided by Registered Training Organisations (RTOs), and AWI’s Independent Coaching Program (ICP), the face-to-face 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 along with The Evolved Shear Fitness sponsored four new Shear Easy training camps to help improve shearers’ performance in the shed or on the competition board. The latter three training camps also included an accompanying course for advanced woolhandlers. The five-day training camps were held at Dubbo (NSW) in August 2017 and November 2017, and at Quindanning (WA) and Mt Elephant (Victoria) in April 2018. Participants learnt from some of the best in the industry. As well as learning how to improve their technique and gear, an emphasis was placed on improving their fitness, nutrition and how to take care of their body to reduce the risk of break downs. • AWI held a shearing shed design and consultation tour in May where a total of six shearing sheds were visited. Attendees for the day included a range of industry leading, shearers, wool classers, woolhandlers and woolgrowers. This consultation was a direct reaction to feedback from the AWI-organised shearing industry day held in June 2017 where it had been stressed that end users need to be consulted on shed design features. • AWI’s 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. • In 2017/18, AWI provided support to 48 local shearing competitions across the country affiliated with Sports Shear Australia. 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-sponsored shearing competition at Gunning, NSW. AWI-sponsored shearing competition at Pingelly, WA. ________________________________________________________________________________________________ CONSULTATION STRATEGY EXPENDITURE DURING 2017/18 $1,859,000 project expenditure WOOLGROWER INVESTMENT FOCUS 1. Initiate and conduct regular and requested woolgrower consultation & engagement. 2. Host AWI events and shareholder engagement, often coordinated alongside and within existing local and state industry events. 3. Conduct more individualised consultation events upon request from very large shareholders. 4. Ongoing support for national and international wool industry events. 5. Have a greater two-way information exchange with woolgrowers. 42 REPORT OF 2017/18 OPERATIONS – WOOLGROWER SERVICES
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