Victoria’s iconic sheep and wool industry is set to grow even further, thanks to support from the Victorian Government into the state’s highly-skilled shearers.
Victorian Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes visited the Brown family farm in Hamilton to announce the Victorian Government will deliver on its commitment to invest in shearing training and education, addressing the skill shortage in Victoria and growing the state’s wool sector.
The Government’s $1.2 million investment will support Victorian TAFE and shearing training providers to:
- increase the number of teachers to deliver shearing training at more locations across Victoria
- create an entry level qualification to help retention rates at the Certificate II and Certificate III levels
- upgrade and improve existing learning resources
- help more people complete the formal training pathway through to the Certificate III in Shearing, a professional level qualification.
Training is recognised as a valuable way to enter the industry, rather than an informal approach. It also builds the capacity of existing staff through improved work practices, like shearing speed and quality and reduced injury levels, and promotes shearing as an attractive and viable career.
Shearing has been at the heart of so many regional Victorian towns for generations – and this investment will usher in a new generation of shearers and give them the skills they need to secure lifelong careers.
Victoria exported $2.1 billion worth of wool in 2017/18, and this training program will grow the industry further by creating new jobs and attracting more qualified shearers.
Source: Vic Government