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Wool Stocktake : AWI Annual Report 2012-13
Adequate numbers of highly skilled professional staff to harvest and handle a high quality Australian wool clip in a timely manner are key to the profitability of the Australian wool industry. In 2012/13 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, the training focused on shearers and wool handlers in the shed, particularly on increasing their productivity and skill development. Training was also offered as short term, intensive "schools" across a range of skill levels. 1571 shearers and 983 wool handlers were trained directly through AWI-funded programs across Australia in 2012/13, with an additional 786 participants who attended crutching and other shearing and woolhandling workshops. These workshops serve an important role in providing a range of training services to the wool industry -- from an introduction to wool harvesting and basic skills for new shearers and wool handlers, through improver to advanced and professional workshops for continued development of wool harvesting professionals. In addition to these training numbers, 1370 high school students received an introduction to wool harvesting as a career option through in-school and in-shed demonstrations by AWI-funded trainers. In 2012/13, AWI increased investment in both promotion and recruitment of shearers and wool handlers, as well as training and this was reflected in significant increases in numbers trained at all levels -- see table below. AWI has worked during the year on the expanded AWI Shearing Industry Development Program that aims to: continue to train shearers and wool handlers across a broad range of skills strategically fund training to complement state and federal training initiatives in a way which maximises leverage for woolgrower funding provide flexibility in funding to ensure that a continuous training pathway from beginner/novice to highly skilled professional is available in all wool growing states attract, induct and assist producers to retain new entrants to the shearing industry provide support to shearing competitions at local, state and national levels to promote excellence, and further development, within the shearing industry promote the shearing industry as a desirable career choice to the wider community including non- traditional areas; and increase the promotion of the shearing industry to young people at schools and tertiary institutions. AWI has continued to invest and grow its state based extension networks which have expanded their membership during 2012/13 to 8100 producers. Strong partnerships with state departments, private providers and woolgrowers have secured ongoing funds for all networks: Leading Sheep (Queensland) Sheep Connect NSW BESTWOOL/BESTLAMB (Victoria) Sheep Connect Tasmania Sheep Connect South Australia The Sheep's Back (Western Australia) Bestprac (pastoral). AWI state networks provide opportunities for woolgrowers to get involved in educational and practical programs that focus on making positive changes to their production and management practices, such as grazing management and price risk management. Woolgrowers identify what they would like to focus on and determine the outcome. The networks are about self-directed learning. AWI's grower networks are fundamental to the spread of new ideas, continuing education and the adoption of best practice. They are integral to AWI's strategy for delivering research and development outcomes. All woolgrowers are encouraged to get involved. To learn more about the networks and how to get involved, call the AWI Helpline on 1800 070 099 to get the contact details of the network coordinator in your state/region. Days: 206 85 107 60 30 45 533 442 Number trained: 599 315 337 178 59 83 1571 1304 Days: 116 35 83 60 29 36 359 338 Number trained: 279 113 321 170 47 53 983 886 Number of schools/days: 70 89 50 27 20 49 305 125 Number of attendees: 128 327 186 62 24 59 786 422 * * Plus 1370 school students in WA were provided with an introduction to the wool harvesting industry by AWI-funded coaches through in-shed or at school demonstrations of shearing and woolhandling. REPORT OF OPERATIONS -- ON-FARM R&D
AWI Annual Report 2013-14
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