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British Wool & YFC Shearing Training and Development Programme

One winner per YFC Nation (England, Scotland and Wales)

British Wool are offering a unique opportunity for three young farmers (one from each nation) to receive one year’s free access to British Wool training courses: machine shearing (2 courses); gear training; and wool handling. This competition is open to YFC members in England, Scotland and Wales, either with or without previous shearing experience. Interested young farmers will be invited to convey why they should be eligible for such a training opportunity (by letter, email or short video). Competition entries (submitted by 31/03/2022) will be judged by a panel of industry experts. Overall national winners will each receive invitations to four separate training events, an all-expenses paid visit to British Wool's head office and grading depot as well as learn more about the wool processing chain. Competition winners will be expected to work with British Wool by sharing their training journey over the 14 months on social media, the press and online. 

Who can enter?

  • Member of NFYFC and Wales YFC - must be 16 + and under 27 on the 1st September 2021
  • Member of SAYFC - must be 16+ and under 30 on the 1st March 2021
  • No shearing experience necessary
  • Tell us why you think you should be eligible for the programme, by sending us a short video (45 seconds), letter or email.
  • The winner will sign up to promoting British Wool Courses, we will monitor their progress over a 14 month period which will include PR coverage.

What is involved?

  • British Wool – 2 Day Machine Shearing Course 2022
  • British Wool – 1 day Gear course, run in conjunction with Lister Shearing to understand all the technical details outlined on a Gear/Shearing Course
  • British Wool – 1 day Wool Handling Course, to also gain a good understanding of Grading
  • British Wool – 2 day Machine Shearing Course 2023
  • Further development opportunities might include an organised work experience week with a registered shearing contractor to gain experience and hands on knowledge.
  • A visit to British Wool head office, grading depot as well as learn more about the wool processing chain.
  • Supporting and promoting the work of British Wool.
  • The competition is also supported by Lister Shearing who have provided a package of shearing equipment to the value of £500 for each country winner on completion of their programme.

How do I enter? 

Send your video or email entries along with your Name, Date of Birth, Address and YFC membership number to;

England & Wales- [email protected]  

Scotland - [email protected]

To enter by post, address your letter to;
Emma Jagger, British Wool, Wool House, Sidings Close, Canal Road, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD2 1AZ

Who will judge the competition?

The competition will be judged by a panel of industry experts from the shearing sector and British Wool. 

British Wool & YFC Shearing Training and Development
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