A new joint training initiative is set to provide a group of young Western Australians with a crucial leg up into the horse racing industry.
Racing and Gaming Minister Ljiljanna Ravlich today announced a partnership agreement between Racing and Wagering Western Australia (RWWA) and the Western Australian College of Agriculture in Narrogin to provide training for stablehands and trackriders.
Ms Ravlich said the racing industry was currently booming and there was a clear shortage of trackriders across the country.
“New South Wales and Queensland have lost a large number of their trackriders following the shutdown from Equine Influenza (EI),” the Minister said.
“Most of their riders moved away from racing stables during the shutdown, and now that the restrictions of EI have been lifted, not all of them have returned to the industry.
“The college in Narrogin has produced a number of graduates with the skills required to be trackriders over the past few years, however these skills have never been recognised with a formal qualification.
“RWWA is a Registered Training Provider and has formed a partnership with the college to provide the training and assessment required to achieve the Certificate III in Racing - Trackrider.”
RWWA will be operating as the Registered Training Organisation for the course and will oversee the delivery and assessment of the courses, and issue the relevant certificates upon completion.
RWWA is also providing four horses, saddlery and other equipment for the students’ use. There is a Structured Workplace Learning (SWL) component for each course and RWWA will be assisting in the placement of students with suitable trainers.
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