Kaiaka Wool Industry Training NZ

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$1.86m training boost for shearing industry

It’s been a tough year for wool, but finally there’s good news – the creation of a new pilot training programme and up to 150 jobs in shearing.

$1.86 million over two years has been committed to develop and deliver a sustainable, integrated training model for the shearing and wool handling industry.

The programme will use micro credentialling, ‘earn-as-you-learn’ on job training, and upskilling for up to 150 new shearers and 120 existing shearers.

It will target school leavers, unemployed and underemployed people, career changers and those in the industry who would like to learn new skills.

The new training arm, Kaiaka Wool Industry Training NZ, will initially include two pilot schemes in the Tairāwhiti/Hawke’s Bay and Otago/Southland areas, where it will also establish centres of excellence for expert training in shearing and wool handling.

Tahi Ngātahi will be part of the new integrated training package.

In the pic: NZ Shearing Contractors’ Association chief executive Phil Holden (left) and executive member Jamie McConachie (right) at the Invercargill launch with Hon. Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development.