Equine Industry QuickStart

Equine Industry QuickStart2023-01-31T19:39:46+10:00

Equine Industry QuickStart

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 AITC has partnered with the Gold Coast Turf Club to develop a bespoke Equine Industry QuickStart (IQ) run out of our Gold Coast school and the Toowoomba Turf Club to run out of our Toowoomba school. The tailored program is designed to educate young people to become apprentices and trainees of the highest calibre, specifically for the equine industry. In fact, several of our Equine IQ students have already started their school-based apprenticeship.

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 racing industry, while completing senior school.

Whether your interests lie with horses, working outdoors, pursuing a trade or administration; with an industry-driven education, the right training and unmatched immersion, the Equine IQ program 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 industry roles at Aquis Farm, the Gold Coast Turf Club/Toowoomba Turf Club and various racing industry employers
  • 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.
How will it look?

Equine IQ participants will immerse themselves in the many facets of the equine 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 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 Queensland racing industry employs over 11,500* people (*full time or equivalent) across more than 100 venues statewide.

The Equine IQ removes barriers for Year 10 and 11 young people considering a career in the racing industry. Some of the roles in the industry include:

  • Stable Hand, Stud Hand
  • Horse Breeding
  • Track Rider, Track Maintenance
  • Admin, Marketing, Event Management
  • Veterinary
  • Stewarding
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