While males have typically performed this work in the past, females interested in becoming shearers are being encouraged by people in the industry to check it out. While there are jobs in many parts of Australia, South Australia has a large share of Shearers. Most people start out as wool-handlers. Their job is to keep the shed clean, pen the sheep and take the shorn fleece to the table where other wool-handlers prepare the fleece into bales. The first steps for learners are how to hold the sheep and then how to hold the shearing equipment. After learning how to shear a sheep, the key skill to learn is how to shear large numbers of sheep. Because, until a person can shear 80 sheep a day, they are only paid woolhandler rates. Beyond that they are classed as 'improvers' and can be employed as shearers and receive piecework rates. Learners/wool handlers often gain experience by finishing off sheep shorn by shearers or practice on the end of the run.