As part of the Support the Growth and Safety of Victoria’s Agriculture Industry Initiative announced under the Victorian State Budget in May 2019, the Government through the Department of Education and Training (Victoria) provided funding investment to the shearing industry to support various activities to meet the industry’s identified need for more skilled shearers in Victoria.
To support the Government’s election commitment to increase the number of qualified shearers in Victoria and the growth of Victoria’s wool industry, South West TAFE managed all aspects of the Shearing Training Learning Upgrade Resources Project relevant to the accredited shearing qualification units relating to: Course in Introductory Shearing, Certificate II in Shearing and Certificate III in Shearing, in close consultation with key shearing industry stakeholders.
South West TAFE in collaboration with Shearing Contractors Association Australia (SCAA), Rural Industry Skills Training (RIST) and Start Beyond, upgraded and converted paper learning resources and 2D video content into digitalised e-learning resources.
Start Beyond led the creative development of a VR and mobile app to enhance learner interactivity and provide an engaging educational resource for the shearing industry training providers in Victoria.
The training content is now housed in a specialist Shearing VR app. The Shearing app delivers course content through 180°/360° video content with a Q&A for each shearing and grinding training modules.