Pastoralists gain key skills with relaunched Cert III

Pastoralists gain key skills with relaunched Cert III

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Pastoralists and stationhands will be able to expand their skills and knowledge as part of the recently relaunched Certificate III in Agriculture course, with the latest module to be held this week for those in Port Augusta.

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PASTORALISTS and stationhands will be able to expand their skills and knowledge as part of the recently relaunched Certificate III in Agriculture course, with the latest module to be held this week for those in Port Augusta.

A state-of-the-art workshop in welding will be held at Port Augusta from August 12-16, with a second planned for October 21-24.

Livestock SA Northern Region chair Colin Greenfield said the welding workshop would allow participants to expand their skillset and learn to weld using the latest machinery.

"Participants have the opportunity to gain skills and accreditation in MIG and arc welding, as well as oxy cutting and thermal heating," he said.

The revamped Certificate III was launched in early 2019, initiated by the South Australian branch of the Isolated Childrens' and Parents' Association with the help of Livestock SA and tafeSA.

ICPA SA president Jill Greenfield and Livestock SA Northern Region chair Colin Greenfield.

ICPA SA president Jill Greenfield and Livestock SA Northern Region chair Colin Greenfield.

Mr Greenfield said the course provided pastoralists with an opportunity to upskill their staff.

"ICPA SA, Livestock SA and employers have worked with tafeSA to develop a program that will be beneficial for both existing and new workers employed on outback stations," he said.

Certificate III program modules are delivered in blocks of three to five days, either on-station or at tafeSA campuses at Port Augusta, Roxby Downs or Regency Park.

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The course will teach students a range of skills including shearing, sheep and cattle handling, welding, vehicle and motorbike servicing, fencing, grader and tractor operation, boning and sharpening knives.

Mr Greenfield encouraged all pastoral managers and owners to consider enrolling staff in the program.

"There's a shortage of pastoral training opportunities in SA," he said.

"I encourage all stationhands to consider applying for the course. It's only three to five days, every three to four months."

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