TBNSW Breeders Update Winter/Spring 2018 - Page 28

Fast Track students
Fast Track students
commence training in NSW
Students learnt about the industry and its rewarding careers from young upcoming
stud managers at Hunter Valley Equine Research Centre.
Fast Track students Careers Night at TBNSW HQ.
One of the most serious problems facing the
thoroughbred breeding industry has, and continues to
be, a shortage of skilled staff.
Last year, when severe restrictions were applied to
the recruitment of international workers (457 Visas),
peak industry body – Thoroughbred Breeders Australia
(TBA) – vigorously and successfully lobbied federal
government to have the ban lifted for racing stables and
breeding farms.
However, this was only a temporary measure and TBA
has gone on the front foot by introducing the ‘Fast
Track’ training program, specifically designed to ‘skill
up’ domestic workers: not only easing the burden on
Australian stud farms, but also introducing many new
people to an exciting and rewarding profession.
Last month 15 trainees enter the workforce around
Australia, with participating farms including Sledmere,
Godolphin, Kitchwin Hills, Davali and Holbrook in NSW’s
Hunter Valley, along with Three Bridges Farm in Victoria
and South Australia’s Mill Park.
The group has spent the four weeks at Scone TAFE
NSW (one of Australia’s largest vocational education
and training providers), studying the theoretical side
of the industry and will return to TAFE in November
for another three week training block as they work
toward achieving a Certificate III qualification in Horse
But for the next three months, trainees will get to
experience all the finer aspects of farm life. The timing
is not coincidental. Spring is by far the most intense
NSW BREEDERS’ UPDATE Winter/Spring 2018


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