FOR the first time in the New England region students in Years 11 and 12 can complete a certificate II in shearing to equip them with job-ready skills and a nationally recognised qualification when they finish their HSC.
The school-based TAFE NSW traineeship is helping to address rural skill shortages, Minister for Agriculture and Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall has announced.
According the Australian Bureau of Statistics there’s a shortage of shearers with fewer than 2500 nationwide.
“We have an ambitious goal to grow our state’s primary industries from $16 billion to $19 billion by 2030, and education is a key part of our strategy,” Mr Marshall said. “By supporting students to gain valuable skills, they will be able to…