Want to be a Shearer?

Want to be a Shearer?

  • Published on Wednesday 5 August, 2015
  • 3 min. to read


Well known and respected indigenous shearing contractor and trainer Ian Bateman at the Merriman station, is a man on a mission. He is helping fill the nation’s shearer shortage by encouraging young indigenous people to pursue a career in the shearing and wool industry.

Merriman Shearing School’s pre-employment program is supported by MEGT Australia, has successfully provided skills and jobs for shearing apprentices. Merriman Station is an Indigenous Land Corporation (ILC) – purchased property near Brewarrina in north-west NSW. The station is now the venue of an innovative shearing school that prepares young Indigenous people to work in the wool industry.

Trainees aged from 16 years to their early 30s have attended the school from all States. Mr. Bateman said with the prevailing seasonal conditions, he expects to shear 7000 to 9000 sheep every school.

The start date of the next school is the 24th of August 2015 with the students to spend the three-week pre-vocational training school working in shearing sheds around the district and completing farm duties, such as fencing on Merriman station, while they await a seasonal break and the sheep are returned to the property.

The 3-week pre-vocational course is followed by 13 week intensive Shearing School as paid employment leading to a Certificate II in Rural Operations.

Live at Merriman Station & earn a wage while you learn.

To apply please send a resume to Rachael.clarke@megt.com.au or phone John Whitty on 0428367955

Applications close 7th August 2015.