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Kaiaka Wool Industry Training NZ

It’s been a tough year for wool, but finally there’s good news – the creation of a new pilot training programme and up to 150 jobs in shearing.

The programme will use micro-credentialling and on the job training, to upskill 120 existing shearers, and provide a training pathway for 150 new shearers. It will target school leavers, unemployed and underemployed people, career-changers and those in the industry who would like to learn new skills.

The new training arm, Kaiaka Wool Industry Training NZ, will initially include two pilot schemes in the Tairāwhiti/Hawke’s Bay and Otago/Southland areas, where it will also establish centres of excellence for expert training in shearing and wool handling.

Tahi Ngātahi will be part of the new integrated training package.

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