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.
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 Racing NSW training company; NSW TRB training Ltd by highly qualified instructors and experts from the racing industry.
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.
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.
Racing NSW has a Registered Training Organisation; NSW TRB Training Ltd. 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.
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 Trainer. These qualifications are nationally recognised.
On completion of the traineeship, you will be able to work 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.
The National Racing Industry Training Package was developed to ensure uniformity in racing training.The main aims of the Training Package include:
What do students learn in the track rider and jockey course?
The new entrant to the racing industry will be able to:
Only those with practical industry skills should consider this second option without first completing the introductory course.
The traineeship is usually for a period of 12 months, but could be less. Whichever method is chosen, either full or part time, on completion the qualification will be the same. It is a nationally recognised qualification called Certificate II in Thoroughbred Racing Stablehand.
It is possible to then progress to a higher level traineeship, with a Racing NSW licensed trainer, which will take 6-12 months. Trainees can now specialise and have two choices:
On completion, the qualification will be Certificate III in Track Riding or Certificate III Advanced Stablehand.
Trainees who complete Certificate II or Certificate III Track Rider may progress into a Jockey apprenticeship (Certificate IV) with a Racing NSW licensed trainer. Please note that it is preferable for you to attend Academy style training if you wish to become a jockey.