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Wool Training Advisory Group

Committed to supporting skilled training programs within the state and to work with training providers to deliver a reliable training program into the future

The South Australian Wool Training Advisory Group (WoolTAG) is a voluntary committee launched in 2003 focused on supporting the wool industry through ensuring there is a skilled training program within the state to continue to build a sustainable and resilient workforce. Livestock SA has provided administrative support since 2014 and executive support since 2016.

WoolTAG works closely with training providers and industry representatives to ensure that shearing, wool handling and wool classing programs meet the needs of the industry through;

  • Review of training model to encourage more enrolments
  • Review opportunities for increased ‘Wool Awareness’
  • Continued support of the Amabassors Program

An initiative of WoolTAG to encourage and support new participants into the the wool handling industry is through the provision of WoolTAG Tool Box vouchers.

The WoolTAG Tool Box voucher was created to acknowledge the achievements of shearing sector students and to encourage them to stay in the industry by assisting them in purchasing their shearing equipment and other associated items. Getting young people into shearing sheds – and keeping them there – has been one of the toughest jobs facing the wool industry. Unlike most other trades, shearers and wool classers do not undertake a traditional apprenticeship, instead they must support themselves to undertake training and gain the necessary experience to work in the industry.

WoolTAG provides a voucher for new trainees that can only be redeemed at businesses providing shearing supplies to the value of up to $500 for shearers and $200 for wool handlers/shed hands. The tool boxes help young graduates to go into the industry with some assistance with tools that allow them to enter and most importantly be retained in industry.

The ToolBox Vouchers would not be possible without the generous financial contributions from:

  • AJ & PA McBride Pty Ltd
  • Michell Wool Pty Ltd
  • Pandurra Pastoral
  • SA Sheep Industry Fund
  • AWI

WoolTAG News, Events & Resources

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Column Wooltag

23/2/2017

WoolTAG provides young shearers, woolhandlers with future opportunities

Past WoolTAG recipient Tom Brewer, Naracoorte, starred at the recent world shearing championships at Invercargill...
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Members of South Australian Wool Training Advisory Group (WoolTAG)

Joe Keynes

Chair

Joe Keynes is a partner in Keyneton Station, a family farming business based in the Eastern Mount Lofty Ranges and South East, grazing Merino sheep, Angus cattle and first-cross lambs. Joe has a long involvement...

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Andrew Curtis

Chief Executive Officer

Andrew was appointed CEO of Livestock SA in May 2016. Andrew’s career includes 21 years with Primary Industries and Regions SA in a range of...

Bruce Nutt

WoolTAG Representative

The Pandurra woolshed and original shearer’s quarters were built around 1860 and are now part of Nuttbush Retreat’s authentic outback heritage accommodation and facilities. The older rooms contain much of the original furniture, in a...

Colin Donahue

WoolTAG Representative

Michell is Australia’s oldest and largest exporter of Australian Wool fibre and has been associated with the international wool textile industry for more than 150 years. From the Global headquarters in Adelaide, South Australia, the...

Emma Reynolds

WoolTAG Representative

Michell is Australia’s oldest and largest exporter of Australian Wool fibre and has been associated with the international wool textile industry for more than 150 years. From the Global headquarters in Adelaide, South Australia, the...

Michael Blake

WoolTAG Representative

Rural Solutions SA | Primary Industries and Regions SA - PIRSA

David Brooker

WoolTAG Representative

Shearer and grower in the South East

Mark Truman

WoolTAG Representative

Glenn Haynes

WoolTAG Representative

The Shearing Contractors' Association of Australia (SCAA) is a national industry association, that was formed in 1927 to represent the interests of Australian shearing contractors.

Josh Sneath

WoolTAG Representative

The Shearing Contractors' Association of Australia (SCAA) is a national industry association, that was formed in 1927 to represent the interests of Australian shearing contractors.