Our mission is to drive sustainable demand for British wool in order to maximise returns for our members.

Supporting young shearers

For 2023, we have launched our exclusive competition for one YFC member from England, Scotland, and Wales to win a place on our Training and Development Programme. Supporting the training and development of the next generation of shearers and wool handlers is crucial to a thriving UK sheep sector and for ensuring the highest standards. 

The programme will see the successful candidate receive one year’s free access to British Wool training courses, including machine shearing (2 courses), gear training and wool handling. The successful entrants will also be invited to Bradford to visit British Wool’s Head Office to learn more about the wool industry and how wool is transformed into products.

Anyone, either with or without previous shearing experience can apply to win one of the three places available on this exciting training and development programme.

How to enter

To be entered into the competition, you will need to submit a short video or send an email explaining why you should be chosen for this opportunity.

Closing date for entries is 17th April 2023 and the competition will be judged by a panel of industry experts from the shearing sector and British Wool.

The competition is also supported by Lister Shearing who will provide a package of shearing equipment for each country winner. Competition winners will be expected to work with British Wool by sharing their training journey over 14 months on social media, the press and online. 

Please email [email protected] for more information on the competition rules and how to enter.

Why should you apply?

Richard Schofield, Shearing Manager, British Wool, said:

“We are once again delighted to be supporting the training and development of the next generation of shearers and look forward to welcoming young farmers onto our courses and in participating on our training & development programme again this year.”

Imogen Ogborne from Devon, the previous England winner said:

“Do it! Not just for the courses and prize, but to get a deeper understanding of everything, from your gear to knowing how the wool is sold in auction. It feels like a community, and I now have lots of contacts to pursue this as a career.”

For more information or to register your interest please contact:

Emma Jagger Tel: 01274 688666

Email: [email protected]

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Supporting young shearers Last year's winners - Duncan, Ellis and Imogen