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New course to provide station hand skills

5 February 2016

A new training course to be delivered at Muresk Institute will lead graduates on a pathway to work in outback Australia.

The residential station hand training program is designed for people keen to take on jobs for the mustering season on pastoral stations in remote locations across Australia.

Starting on February 15, the intensive 11 day course will be delivered by Kimberley Training Institute and Salt River Performance Horses. Employment opportunities for students will be brokered through recruitment agency, The Job Shop.

Muresk Institute General Manager Prue Jenkins said the course would help fill a need for skilled workers for the mustering season.

“Working as a jackaroo, jillaroo or station hand can be a challenge for some but there can also be great rewards,” she said.

“It is important that potential workers receive necessary training and are properly prepared for living and working in remote and isolated locations.

“Muresk provides the ideal location for training in this industry as it allows students to gain a range of hands on skills working with livestock and machinery. Accommodation and meals area also available for students.”

Led by trainers who are well-known to pastoralists across the Kimberley, the nationally recognised course will provide participants with the skills required to work in an outback pastoral environment.

It will include a range of units, covering topics such as mustering and moving livestock; providing daily care for horses; riding horses to carry out stock work; handling livestock; operating two-wheel motorbikes; and fencing.

These units can be credited towards completing a Certificate II in Agriculture.

Ms Jenkins said to gain further experience, students would travel to fire damaged areas around Yarloop and Waroona to put their fence building skills into practice while assisting local communities.

The station hand course is one of many training programs offered at Muresk Institute this year.

This includes the Integrated Diploma Program, delivered by the University of Queensland. Enrolments are now open for the two-year course, which provides graduates with high level, technical skills to take on a variety of roles in the agricultural industry.

An extensive short course calendar is also available, with training led by industry experts to allow people to gain new skills or brush up on their existing techniques and knowledge.