What is a traineeship?
A traineeship is a job that combines work and training - you earn as you learn. It is a work based training program, which combines on-the-job training and off-the-job study. Trainees are paid the National Training Wage, which is about 80% of the award wage. You may be eligible for a living away from home allowance.
How do you do the training?
Training is a combination of on-the-job (work) and off-the-job (study). On-the-job training is conducted by your employer in the workplace. Off-the-job training may be delivered by the Racing NSW/TAFE WSI Training Partnership.
Otherwise, you can complete special training packages at home. These are then submitted for assessment. Traineeships are usually conducted over a period of 12 months.
Why is Racing NSW endorsing traineeships?
- Training of industry workers is essential for ongoing success of the racing industry both nationally and internationally. Government funded traineeships assist with the large costs involved in training and allow, through the nationally recognised Training Package, a viable means of ensuring an ongoing supply of track riders, apprentice jockeys and other industry workers.
- Every industry in Australia is required to ensure that people who work in the industry have a nationally recognised qualification
Do you fit the bill?
You can be aged from 15 years. You need to be reasonably fit and healthy. The job is quite physically demanding. Many jobs with horses require early morning starts and often split shifts.
Where do you do the training?
The Racing NSW/TAFE WSI Training Partnership is a Registered Training Organisation. Presently training is conducted both on the job and off the job. Centres used for delivery are at Metropolitan race courses and; Hawkesbury, Newcastle, Tamworth, Grafton, Port Macquarie, Dubbo, Queanbeyan, Wagga and Orange racecourses by highly qualified instructors and experts from the racing industry.
What qualifications will you get?
On completion of the traineeship you will be awarded either a Certificate II in Thoroughbred Racing or Certificate III Track Rider, Certificate III Stablehand, Certificate IV Jockey or Certificate IV Owner-Trainer. These qualifications are nationally recognised, along with those in Racing Services Steward, Administration and Track Maintenance.
What are the opportunities?
On completion of the traineeship, you will be able to work in a capacity such as a stablehand or track rider, or jockey. You will be able to handle and care for horses in commercial horse racing enterprises.
Talented track riders and jockeys are in great demand nationally and internationally. On completion, you may be eligible for some exemptions in further horse courses at TAFE or University.
What is the National Racing Industry Training Package?
The National Racing Industry Training Package was developed to ensure uniformity in racing training.
The main aims of the Training Package include:
- Training for qualifications that are nationally recognised
- Defining the training stages or levels
- Defining specific knowledge and skills (competencies) that are required by the racing industry
- Setting standards for assessing those skills and knowledge
What do students learn in the track rider and jockey course?
- Students have tuition with a range of industry recognised experts. Racing NSW have endorsed a number of respected jockeys and former jockeys to deliver training throughout the State
Off-the job training also consists of studies in health and safety, personal fitness and a balanced diet, and financial management
- Students learn to work in a team environment and to accept responsibility
- Much of the training is completed on-the-job with the horse trainer.