Equine Academy

Equine Academy2023-09-20T14:51:49+10:00

Equine Academy

The racing industry provides a breadth of career opportunities for young people and can take you close to home or as far away abroad as you wish.

The Australian Industry Trade College has partnered with Tier 1 racecourses and turf clubs to develop a bespoke Equine Academy program run out of our Brisbane, Gold Coast, Ipswich, Sunshine Coast and Toowooomba schools.

The tailored program is designed to educate young people to become apprentices and trainees of the highest calibre, specifically for the equine and racing industry. In fact, several of our Equine Academy students have already taken the reins and started their school-based apprenticeship.

A little-known fact: You don’t have to choose between finishing school and starting your career. We are currently enrolling Year 10 and 11 students who are interested in gaining a head start in the equine and racing industry, while completing senior school.

Whether your interests lie with horses, working outdoors, pursuing a trade or working in events and marketing; with an industry-driven education, the right training, and unmatched immersion, the Equine Academy is sure to deliver a head start.

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Benefits of this program
  • Finish Year 12 and gain your Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE)
  • Complete a Certificate II in Racing Industry
  • Rotate through various work experiences at your local Tier 1 racecourse, turf club and various racing industry employers
  • Spend more of your time working with and around horses
  • Commence your school-based apprenticeship or traineeship in the equine industry before you graduate
  • Grow your character and mindset to be a valuable contributor to the industry and your community
  • Find what fits and do what you love.
How will it look?

Equine Academy participants will immerse themselves in the many facets of the equine and racing industry through site visits, incursions, excursions, and work experience. The industry-driven program will connect young people with employers and race clubs for managed work experience, placements, and ultimately a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship in your chosen field, all whilst completing high school.

What are the opportunities?

The Queensland racing industry employs over 11,500* people (*full time or equivalent) across more than 100 venues statewide.

The nature of thoroughbred horse racing makes it one of the most diverse and exciting industries to be involved, offering a range of exciting career opportunities in the fields of global sports, entertainment, and trades.

The Equine Academy removes barriers for Year 10 and 11 students considering a career in the equine and racing industry. Some of the roles in the industry include:

  • Stable Hand
  • Stud Hand
  • Horse Breeding
  • Track Rider
  • Track Maintenance
  • Administration
  • Marketing and Event Management
  • Veterinary Nursing
  • Stewarding

AITC Equestrian Team

The sport of Equestrian is a new opportunity for young people at the Australian Industry Trade College. Starting in 2023, students can participate in the Equestrian Queensland Interschool Competition. This gives avid horse riders an opportunity to compete for their school and move on to both State and National levels of competition.

To be eligible to join the Equestrian Team, a student must either own or lease a horse. The College does not provide horses for student use. The student must be an experienced rider who has previously participated in Pony Club or Equestrian Australia Competitions.

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