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TAFE SA welding classes to boost skills of pastoral workers

Livestock SA recognises the great opportunity for pastoralists and stationhands to expand their skills and knowledge by attending the latest module of TAFE SA’s recently relaunched Certificate III in Agriculture course, a state-of-the-art workshop in welding.

The welding workshops are being held by TAFE SA at Port Augusta on 12-16 August, with a second workshop on 21-24 October.

Livestock SA Northern Region Chairman Colin Greenfield said the welding workshop will allow participants to expand their skillset and learn to weld using the latest machinery.

“Participants have the opportunity to gain skills and accreditation in MIG and arc welding, as well as oxy cutting and thermal heating,” he said. The revamped Certificate III was launched in early 2019, initiated by the South Australian branch of the Isolated Childrens’ and Parents’ Association (ICPA SA) with the help of Livestock SA and TAFE SA.

Mr Greenfield said the course provides pastoralists with an opportunity to upskill their staff.

“ICPA SA, Livestock SA and employers have worked with TAFE SA to develop a program that will be beneficial for both existing and new workers employed on outback stations,” he said.

Certificate III program modules are delivered in blocks of three to five days, either on-station or at TAFE SA campuses at Port Augusta, Roxby Downs or Regency Park.

The course will teach students a range of skills including shearing, sheep and cattle handling, welding, vehicle and motorbike servicing, fencing, grader and tractor operation, boning and sharpening knives.

Mr Greenfield encouraged all pastoral managers and owners to consider enrolling staff in the program.

“There’s a shortage of pastoral training opportunities in SA,” he said.

“I encourage all stationhands to consider applying for the course. It’s only three to five days, every three to four months.”

Details: For more information on the course or to express interest please contact Shanon Pillion, Regional Business Development Officer, Port Augusta, on 08 8648 9980, 0472 811 112 or

Published: 9 August 2019