Academy busy promoting Careers

Scone horse

The Australian Racing and Equine Academy (AREA) has been busy promoting careers in the Racing Industry, highlighted by several exhibits across feature events and school career markets across New South Wales.

Recruitment is an important objective of AREA - a training partnership between Racing NSW and TAFE NSW, which is met with tailored training and educational programs.

“Recruitment is very important, which is why we attend regular career expos and other horse and equine events each year,” Training Manager, Karlie Triffitt said.

The Academy launched its first exhibit for 2017 with the “Career Readiness” program at the Sydney Royal Easter Show from the 6th to 19th of April.

This was followed by exhibits at the Scone Horse Festival from 5th to 7th of May, in addition to market stalls at several High School Career Expos in Central West and Western NSW.

AREA has highlighted the various occupations that are available in the Racing Industry, which are not just limited to horse riding or stable roles.

“We deliver courses in a range of occupations such as Racing Administration, Racetrack Maintenance and Equine Nursing,” Triffitt said.

“It’s important that school leavers are aware of the great range of careers that we offer, so that we can appeal to more students.”

Triffitt attended the Sydney Royal Show and Scone Horse Festival with AREA workplace trainer and assessor, Daniel Power.

“Both events were a success in promoting not only what we do but all the careers available in the racing industry,” Triffitt said.

“We were able to provide demonstrations to high school students, particularly at the Sydney Royal, on how to perform basic horse health checks and identify issues with a horses health.

“The Scone Horse Festival was also met with great interest as we were able to provide basic riding tutorials with the use of our equisizers and some go pro footage over the carnival to simulate a horse race. The Hunter Thoroughbred Breeders Association and Godolphin have done a fantastic job with Thoroughbred Explore and it was a great educational experience for people to learn about all things racing and breeding."

The first of the High School Career Expos were held in Western NSW at Forbes, Dubbo and Bathurst from 2nd to 4th May, which was followed by a presentation at Saint Ignatius' College in Sydney on 8th May. At the time of print, AREA was scheduled to exhibit at the Western Sydney Careers Market on 24th and 25th May.

The exhibits coincide with AREA’s launch of new “Taster Courses” which are delivered without fee to help school students get a taste of racing before commencing a career in the Racing Industry.

Further information on Taster courses and all other educational programs on offer can be obtained by phoning the Academy on 1800 200 724.