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Wool classing lecturer receives top honours

South Regional TAFE Wool Classing lecturer Rob Carter has been awarded an Australian Wool Industry Gold Medal for his exceptional contribution in education and training to the Australian Wool Industry.

The medal was presented by the Federation of Australian Wool Organisation to recognise and celebrate the success of men and women from across the industry who have made a real difference through their dedication, innovation, expertise and sustained contribution.

Rob works at our Narrogin campus and has long been regarded as a passionate and dedicated lecturer, whose enthusiasm for the wool industry weaves into all aspects of his course delivery.

Rob said when he first found out he was receiving the award he was very pleasantly surprised.

“I was completely honoured and humbled to be recognised by my peers throughout the wool industry.”

Rob has a rich history in teaching and working with wool and has previously also been recognised by winning the Curtin University WA Teaching Excellence Award and a Regional Achievement and Community Award for his lecturing in 2013.

Rob has a farming background and has worked as a lecturer for more than ten years. Prior to this he was heavily involved in the agribusiness sector.

“I feel this particular award also recognised my colleagues and Industry stakeholders and is a reflection of the efforts of people in the rural and regional communities,” he said.

Rob said that this award helps to highlight the importance of Wool courses and training within the wool industry.

While agriculture courses are sometimes overlooked by the wider community Rob said agriculture provided a very wide range of opportunities and career paths.

Rob said it was definitely an exciting time to be involved in the wool industry with Wool prices at a record high and the advancements in technology.

“Customers want to know where their products are sourced from and if they are sourced sustainably.

“Radio frequency identifiers are being implemented that can provide customers with the story of the wool including where it was sourced from, the quality of the wool clip and the animal ethics,” he said.

“Wool is also being recognised for its biodegradable, sustainable, renewable, environmental and durable qualities which means it has a high demand at the top end of the market.”

With the future of the wool industry looking healthy and strong it is a great time to find out about our agriculture courses:


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