When you leave high school or university it’s hard to know what the next step should be - there are so many career choices. It’s even harder to know what a job will be like when you do it and whether it is going to be the right fit for you.
The thoroughbred industry is all about passion. For most people who work in the industry, their passion starts with a love of horses. For others, it starts with a love of the excitement that racing brings. One thing is for sure, once you work in the thoroughbred industry your love of horses grows to a higher level.
The thoroughbred industry has two major sectors; the breeding industry and the racing industry, and within these, there are many different types of careers. So, to take the challenge out of deciding straight away we have designed a 12-month pathway which allows young Australian’s to Explore.
Move into Western Sydney University, Richmond Campus
Cadets commence their 12-week learning block ‘Boot Camp’ at TAFE NSW, Richmond Campus.
Cadets will need enough funds to cover the cost of their accommodation and living expenses for three months whilst living at Western Sydney University (Richmond Campus) during the Boot Camp session.
Accommodation costs are as follows:
1. Weekly Rent: single room in a 4 bedroom villa rate is $192.50 per week
2. Activity Fee: $25.00
3. Application Fee: $110.00
4. Bond (refunded at the end of the boot camp): $770.00
5. Departure cleaning fee: $60
6. Living expenses
The cost of the course tuition fees will be covered by Thoroughbred Industry Careers.
Thoroughbred Industry Careers will supply lunch (Monday to Friday) during Boot Camp.
Thoroughbred Industry Careers will supply you with a uniform to wear on excursions and filming days. The uniform consists of 3 x polo shirts, a vest, a wind jacket and a cap.
Cadets will be placed in a learning stream suitable to their skills sets, including a non-riding stream.
Qualifications received upon completion of Boot Camp: Statement of Attainment in Explorer Cadetship Stable/Studhand or Trackrider or Certificate II in Racing (with breeding electives).
Throughout the 12-week program, Cadets will gain valuable insight into the thoroughbred industry through Industry Days. This includes excursions to the races, yearling sales, morning track work and stud farms, along with hearing from leading trainers, jockeys, bloodstock agents, media and administrators about their careers in the industry.
The Explorer Cadetship Program will include the development of valuable life skills. Topics include: work ethic, being on time and being reliable, personal presentation and language, manners, self-respect and respect for others, how to conduct yourself, how to greet people and how to speak to owners/clients, personal motivation, health and fitness (mental health), healthy eating habits, how to work in a team and how to resolve conflict.
Once Cadets complete their 12- week residential training they will commence part 2 of the program with a leading racing stable which Thoroughbred Industry Careers will allocate. Accommodation will be provided by the employer and the cost of this will be deducted from the remuneration package, taking the worry out of finding a place to live while Cadets work and learn.
During the stable placement Cadets will gain invaluable hands-on experience in a leading racing stable, in conjunction with seeing first hand all the elements and careers which the industry offers.
When Cadets start work with their racing stable, their teachers will do a handover with the employer, so that Cadets will be given work suitable to their abilities at that stage. Once with your employer, your responsibilities may grow as you grow in your experience.
NOT ALL Cadets will ride on their stable placement. It will be up to the discretion of the trainer whether a Cadet will be suitable to ride.
Will I get paid? How much do I get paid? – Visit our FAQ’s page to find out how Cadets are paid.
Part 3 of the program will see Cadets move to a rural area to work for a leading stud farm (accommodation will be provided). During this phase Cadets will learn the vital day to day workings of a commercial stud farm from mares foaling, mares being served and preparing yearlings for major Australian Yearling Sales.
There are many careers in the breeding industry and during this time Cadets will be able to see first-hand if any area is of interest to them.
The final part of the Program will be the Graduation Ceremony and mentorship into the area of the industry Cadets would like to pursue.
There are many traineeships and apprenticeships available within the industry which Cadets will be able to enter into, and the training already completed throughout the year will go towards these further qualifications.