Exciting New TAFE Qualification in Wool Handling at SMC

Santa Maria College, in collaboration with TAFE WA, is excited to announce the trial of a new TAFE qualification in Wool Handling. Traditionally offered only at WA Regional Agricultural Colleges, this marks the first time the Certificate III in Advanced Wool Handling is being made available to our students.

The course covers a range of practical and essential skills in the wool industry. Students will learn to carry out wool pressing, prepare fleece wool for classing, press wool for a clip, and perform various shed duties, among other competencies.

Bella, First Student to Undertake Certificate Course

Bella Goss, a Year 11 ACCESS student, is already making remarkable strides in the pilot program. Bella is currently undertaking her work placement at the Australian Wool Network (AWN), where she works alongside Greg Tilbrook, AWN Wool & Livestock State Manager.

Bella with Greg Tilbrook, AWN Wool & Livestock State Manager

Growing up on a Sheep Farm

“Growing up on a sheep farm and being around all the great people involved in wool has inspired me to want to learn and explore more about the sheep and wool industry,” Bella shared. Her dedication and enthusiasm have recently been recognised with her selection to the WACSA State Team for Novice Wool Handling. She will be representing the team at the national competition in October, an achievement featured in the 2023 edition of WA Merino Magazine.

“What I have enjoyed about my work placement the most, is how hands-on everything is and seeing the other side of the industry that buys and sells wool,” Bella said. “The Australian Wool Network is a wool store where the wool is displayed for buyers and then it is sold each week in a live auction.

Over the course of three terms this year, Bella will complete her qualification. Thanks to her prior experience and her active involvement in Wool Handling Shows and holiday work, she has sufficient contact time to meet course requirements without disrupting her regular school activities.

Fitting in with School Work

Bella manages approximately 50 minutes of online coursework each day outside of her College timetable. Her existing industry involvement allows her to expedite her training and assessment, completing these components through practical work experiences, placements, and during holidays. This flexibility ensures her school timetable remains unaffected.

Santa Maria College is proud to support students like Bella in pursuing their passions and gaining valuable qualifications that open doors to exciting career opportunities in the wool industry. Stay tuned for more updates on Bella’s journey and our innovative educational programs!

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