Raising the baaa! at Dubbo TAFE

Aspiring shearers and wool handlers are mastering the latest industry techniques thanks to new state-of-the-art training equipment at TAFE Dubbo.

Minister for Skills and Training Alister Henskens and Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said the NSW Government has invested $45,000 to purchase five new shearing machines and a wool press for the state’s leading training grounds.

“This new equipment will not only set future shearers and wool handlers up for success with the latest skills but will help meet a surge in industry demand,” Mr Henskens said.

“Shearer numbers have fallen by up to 30 per cent over the past decade, with factors such as drought and border closures heightening workforce challenges.

“The NSW Government is committed to delivering a new generation of workers that can bolster the future labour needs of industries across regional NSW and this investment is part of that plan.”

In addition to the new shearing equipment, TAFE Dubbo is set to receive the state’s first Specialist Auslan Teacher Connected Learning Point which will be equipped with custom-built technology and accessibility software designed to respond to the specific practical training needs of Auslan teachers and the learning needs of students.

The specialist teaching facility will be operational from Semester two with the Auslan skillset delivered across 20 Connected Learning Centres in NSW, providing critical pathways into further qualifications and career opportunities.

“The new equipment will ensure students graduate with the confidence and practical knowledge to begin work immediately, while the new Specialist Auslan teaching facility represents a new way of providing signing skills to learners across the state,” Mr Saunders said.

“Our local TAFE is crucial in ensuring people have the skills to future-proof our workforce and help the Orana economy bounce back from the impacts of the pandemic.”

For more information about studying at TAFE Dubbo, call 13 16 01 or visit www.tafensw.edu.au.

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