Survey could improve shearers’ training
Shearing training opportunities and requirements are the focus of a survey launched by the WA Shearing Industry Association this week.
Designed for contractors, farmers and shearers, it has questions about what training shearers have had, what they would like, and what would improve the industry.
WASIA president Darren Spencer said there were four main avenues for shearer training in WA funded by Australian Wool Innovation.
He said AWI and WASIA wanted to thrash out what would be the best kind of training.
This includes learner schools at Rylington Park in WA, in-school training at WA Colleges of Agriculture, in-shed training, and two-day workshops with shearing teams and three trainers.
“Some people are not getting training, so we really want training to be spread right across all shearers and contractors in the State,” Mr Spencer said.
“We want everyone to know what is going on, and what training is available for staff.”
Mr Spencer said WASIA was trying to work out “what was needed after early training”.
“People might do their training at Rylington Park or Agriculture Colleges, and find they can do 50 sheep a day,” he said.
“So we want to work out how we can get them to 100 sheep a day.”
Mr Spencer said training benefited everyone. “As a contractor, if you can get a trainer coming in to help you, there are benefits in it for the contractor for the growers and the shearer,” he said.
WASIA will publish a list of training opportunities in WA on its website this year.
The shearing survey is available on the WASIA website.
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