When you work in the sheds, you:
WOMOlife industry training will help you to build the skills you need for the wool harvesting industry, whether you’re already working in the wool shed, or applying for your first job.
Build your essential skills with our simple how-to videos that cover a range of topics. Our videos take you through the practical, everyday tasks of wool harvesting, from penning, shearing, wool handling and pressing. You’ll learn from watching industry experts who demonstrate technique, while the informative pdfs give you a solid grounding in what you need to know.
Watch, learn, then apply your skills on the job. There are no classrooms, no campuses and no student loans.
There are many roles in the wool shed and we offer four specific areas to choose from: Shearing, Wool Handling, Shed Hand, Crutching (shearing gear and grinding).
All four full courses are designed to make it easy for you to start your career in the shearing industry, upskill, or simply seek a skill refresh.
Choose from one of the full comprehensive courses with videos and supporting pdfs, or if you just want to learn something specific or need help with a particular skill, select a bite sized short course, extracted from the full course.
This course will teach you how to safely shear a sheep and look after your own personal welfare in this physically challenging role. Learn to develop and build the skills and techniques you need to succeed as a shearer at a professional level.
Ideal for both beginner and advanced shearers looking to learn or to improve their skills. If you’re new to the industry, take a look at our Shed Hand and Wool Handling courses as a great place to start.
As a shearer, you’ll be involved in:
This course will teach you how to work efficiently and safely in the wool shed as a wool handler, identifying the different grades and types of wool in order to provide the best quality clip for the farmer. The quality of clip preparation will affect the farmer’s returns and the suitability of wool for use by the industry.
As a wool handler, you’ll be involved in:
This course is ideal if you wish to gain entry into the wool industry and will teach you how to pen a sheep in preparation for shearing, and to press and bale the carefully sorted wool.
Shed hands play a key role in the operation of the shearing shed. If you’re a newbie, this is where you will likely find yourself starting out performing routine duties such a penning and wool pressing.
As a shearing shed hand, you’ll be involved in:
This course will teach you how to crutch, which involves the removal of wool from around the tail and between the rear legs of a sheep for hygiene purposes and also includes eye wigging, which is the removal of wool around the eye are to prevent sheep getting wool blind in the winter, or pink eye.
Generally, you would learn to crutch a sheep competently before progressing to become a shearer.
When crutching sheep, you’ll be involved in: