A group of Stawell Secondary College students are staring the new school term engaged and inspired after participating in a three-day Wool Overview program prior to the Easter break.
Central Grampians Local Learning and Employment Network (CGLLEN) provided support for this experience through 2021 Engage funding, allowing 13 Year 9 and 10 students to learn about various career paths in agriculture.
CGLLEN Structured Workplace Learning Coordinator, Nerissa Gee, said Wool Overview was facilitated by Rural Industries Skills Training (RIST) and involved several local industry experts.
“This was a fantastic program that was created to give young people plenty of opportunities to learn all facets of the sheep industry, from the paddock and the shed to the end point of the product,” she said.
“Students spent two days at the Bibby’s farm in Navarre where they got to try their hand at shearing sheep and grading wool, while the final day involved touring and networking with industry experts at Horsham Wool, Horsham Regional Art Gallery and Horsham Regional Livestock Exchange.
“This program really engaged the students involved and gave them plenty of opportunities to get their hands dirty. A lot of them already had an interest in agriculture, but it was great to see those who’d had little exposure to the industry engage in something new that may lead to a career.”
Stawell Secondary College Year 10 Coordinator, Murray McKenzie, said he was grateful to everyone involved in the Wool Overview program.
“Many thanks to the RIST and CGLLEN for making these three days possible for our students at Stawell College, as well as the local farmers who provided the venue and sheep” he said.
“It was a great event and there was plenty of discussion amongst the group regarding work experience and careers.”