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Wool Harvesting Resources Hub


Australian Wool Innovation works to support the growth and development of the Australian wool industry by providing skills training, educational resources and programs, leadership initiatives and practical workshops for woolgrowers and wool industry professionals.

We are passionate about educating and training the next generation, and feel that the key to this is connecting with students at a critical time in deciding on their career path. We have collated some material below to help explain the Wool Harvesting Industry, what we at AWI offer, and the options available to students wanting to pursue a career in this industry.


Lake Grace High School

November 2023 wool handling workshop for students at Lake Grace High School

Next Generation

The next generation of shearing and wool handlers.

AWI Training & Education Programs

AWI offers a range of programs aimed at a range of audiences, from education programs for school leavers through to professional development for workers already in the industry.


Novice workshops provide school leavers and new entrants to the wool industry, generally aged between 16 - 25, with training to geared towards gaining full-time employment in the industry.


AWI provides education programs targeted at high school students in years 9-12.


Improver workshops are run to assist new entrants & learner shearers currently working in industry to improve their shearing and woolhandling skills.


The industry training program provides professional development for all wool harvesting staff. Aimed at workers who show initiative and invest in training, training is generally scheduled outside of work hours.

Wool Handling

Similar to the novice program, the wool handling program is targeted at school leavers and new entrants looking to gain full time employment in the wool industry.


AWI conducts on-the-job training in the workplace, targeted at full-time workers such as trainees.

Wool Harvesting Career Options


Training Courses

Register for upcoming shearer and wool handler training and courses.

Find a course

TAFE Wool Courses

Are you in New England or the Central West? Connect with your local TAFE, who run shearing schools with us.

Contact Us

We also love to attend Career Days & Expos if possible. If your school is hosting one and would be open to us attending, please contact the relevant coordinator below:

Craig French
National Manager

Valerie Pretzel
Wool Harvesting Coordinator WA

Lachlan West
Wool Harvesting Coordinator TAS

Harriet Ryan
Wool Harvesting Coordinator NSW & QLD