Equine Academy

Equine Academy2024-02-05T19:52:12+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 Toowoomba 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

Introducing our Residential Program

We are very excited to share that Equine students commencing in Year 11 2024 will be part of a unique Residential Program.

During 2 x 5 day blocks at Deagon Racecourse, we will provide safety training and offer the Cert II Racing Industry coursework.


What can students expect?

The experience at Deagon Racecourse will involve daily interaction with horses, track work, and stable hand activities, providing participants with an immersive understanding of the racing industry.

There are opportunities for various engagements, including potential visits from the CEO, discussions with QRIC commissioner, attending the Wednesday Race Day at Doomben to converse with jockeys and industry professionals, receiving personalised training from Racing Queensland, and interacting with a local community garden.

What will students need to bring?

The program will entail a camp-out in a self-contained style, requiring young people to bring a swag or a sleeping bag and other necessary items. The accommodation will be similar to that of Emu Gully, with access to showers, refrigeration, hot water, and a BBQ. Young people should bring their own cutlery, bath towels, and other essentials.

What will the schedule be like?

The schedule will involve arriving on Monday, going home for the weekend, and repeating the process for the following fortnight. Transport options include proximity to Deagon Train Station (and the possibility of school-arranged transportation TBC).

Young people can enjoy watching and potentially interacting with horses that swim in the bay at Sandgate, and they can also take a walk to the bay for a fish and chips outing.

Importantly, young people will build their own community and remember this camp-out residential forever.

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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