Broomehill professional joins the flock

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UWA graduate Miles Barritt was newly recruited to AWI's graduate training program.
Camera IconUWA graduate Miles Barritt was newly recruited to AWI's graduate training program. Credit: Supplied

Setting his sights on global wool industry exposure, UWA graduate Miles Barritt has been recruited to learn the wool business through Australian Wool Innovation.

Mr Barritt, who grew up on a Broomehill sheep and grain farm, will embark on the 18-month Australian Wool Innovation graduate training program, which includes travelling to Shanghai, Hong Kong and London.

“My parents Doug and Carol run 7000 Merino sheep, along with my brother James,” he said. “I am so pleased that wool prices are now at a level where my family are being rewarded for all their hard work.”

Mr Barritt said his family’s toil on the land had inspired him to work diligently at his education in which he hopes to contribute his knowledge to the wool industry.

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“I am inspired to take in the whole processing chain, knowing life on the farm,” he said.

The 21-year-old arrived recently at AWI headquarters in Sydney where he will spend six months with office and technical staff.

AWI chief executive Stuart McCullough welcomed Mr Barritt and Emma Murphy, of Yass, NSW, to the 2019 program after AWI screened 250 applicants.

“The program provides participants with a thorough understanding of the wool supply chain from fibre to fashion,” he said.

“The applicants will be primarily based at the AWI office in Sydney, where they will gain exposure to many areas of the AWI business from on-farm R&D through to marketing.”

Applications for the 2020 AWI GTP are open from April 1-30. Details are available at wool.com/careers.

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