Greyhound Racing Careers & Jockeys Project

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Case for change

The RGR Racing and Breeding Training Package has undergone significant reviews and updates over the past three years. The Racing and Breeding IRC is now focused on training implementation to ensure the maximum uptake of training. This project will address two key solutions to simplify training delivery and participation in the industry.

Solution 1: Alterations to Packaging Rules and Application Statement in the Certificate II in Racing Industry

The current Certificate II in Racing Industry supports the skills development of new entrants to the racing industry. It exists to support the core skills required for beginning a career in the racing industry and outlines five core competencies. However, the core competencies need to be altered to better support the inclusion of the Greyhound racing sector. The IRC propose to move the unit ACMEQU205 Apply knowledge of horse behaviour from the core list of units to the elective list. On completion of the core competencies, learners can then, if they wish, specialise in stablehand, stud hand (breeding), track maintenance and racing administration by completing a selection of elective units of competency or complete a general qualification.

Solution 2: Simplifying Certificate IV Qualifications for Riders and Drivers

In 2019, Skills Impact surveyed 546 people working in the horse care industry to understand skill needs and gaps and how national qualifications and skills standards could be improved to support these. A key finding was that there is a shortage of skilled, competent and qualified track riders. Read the report here. The IRC has requested the removal of two units of competency from the BSB Business Services Training Package as core units from the qualification. This will simplify delivery of the qualification while retaining all of the job role requirements. Feedback from RTOs is that learners are finding it difficult to complete the two BSB units because they include significant learning content that is not necessary for the context of the intended job roles. The change is supported by industry regulators and participants, with feedback indicating that these units do not provide skills needed for the job role of a jockey.

These two solutions were identified in the Racing and Breeding IRC Annual Update to the Skills Forecast and Proposed Schedule of Work and approved by the Australian Industry Skills Committee (AISC).

The Racing and Breeding IRC will oversee this project as part of their responsibility to support engagement with the sector, and to ensure the project meets industry stakeholder needs.

Skills Impact will manage this project, consistent with the 2012 Standards for Training Package Development.

Download Project Proposal (see pages 25-32)

 

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Project Plan

Australia’s racing industry contributes significantly to national economic growth and jobs. It is one of Australia’s oldest industries and employs thousands of people. A career in the racing industry offers many exciting opportunities, but there are some key skills that every new entrant must learn to support animal welfare and sporting integrity. This project will review two qualifications for the racing industry: the first to broaden career pathways and support the skills for those beginning their career; and the second for jockeys who require the highest level of riding skills to race thoroughbred horses.

Those entering the racing industry must develop the necessary skills to comply with racing industry rules and ethics, as well as the skills needed to perform their roles to the high standards required of professional sport. They need to understand animal behaviour and welfare and how to work with racing horses and greyhounds, as well as the skills to work in a manner that is healthy and safe towards themselves and others. The national qualification to support learners entering the racing industry is the Certificate II in Racing Industry. The qualification will be updated to broaden career pathways and reflect skills required across all codes (thoroughbred, harness and greyhound).

Jockeys are elite athletes and need to have the highest level of riding skills, including the ability to react quickly during a race, make decisions and exercise judgement when choosing mounts and assessing horse form. The national qualification to support the job role of jockeys is the Certificate IV in Racing (Jockey). Currently the qualification includes advanced level business skills as core units that are creating issues with training delivery and learner completion. Feedback from implementation of the qualification indicates that these units are difficult to deliver, and difficult for learners to complete. These business skills do not affect the occupational outcomes and roles of jockeys. As a result, the need for inclusion of these units will be reviewed.

Project Scope

This project will review and improve the Certificate II in Racing Industry to broaden further the potential career pathways to include greyhound racing and improve training delivery. The Certificate IV in Racing (Jockey) will be reviewed so that it is  easier for training providers to deliver and for learners to complete the qualification without affecting the occupational outcome. Improving the deliverability of these qualifications could encourage more training providers to put them on scope, thereby offering industry more training options to support their objective of encouraging career entrants into the industry and fostering good practice and animal care.

The Racing and Breeding Industry Reference Committee (IRC) has recommended changing the packaging rules of the Certificate II in Racing Industry to allow participants in the greyhound industry, specifically in roles relating to track maintenance and administration, to utilise the qualification. The IRC has also recommended removing two units from the BSB Business Services Training Package from the Certificate IV in Racing (Jockey) because they include significant learning content that is not necessary for the context of the intended job roles.

 

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Relevant Occupations
  • Jockey
  • Stablehand
  • Barrier Attendants
  • Stud Hand
  • Greyhound trainers
  • Track staff
  • Kennel staff
  • Lure drivers
  • Catchers
  • Racing administration staff

Timeline

December 2020
Initial scoping

February 2021

Development of draft qualifications and skills standards

February 2021

Drafts available for broad consultation

March 2021

Validation of final drafts

March 2021

Finalisation of Training Package components

April 2021

Independent Quality Assurance, and Edit and Equity review of Training Package components

April/May 2021

IRC consideration for sign-off and submission for endorsement

Project Team
Cathy BevenIndustry Skills Standards Manager/Specialist and Developer, Skills Impactcathy@skillsimpact.com.au
Geoff BarbaroExecutive Manager, Industry Engagement, Skills Impactgeoff@skillsimpact.com.au

 

Opportunities for stakeholder input

Stakeholder input is appreciated throughout the duration of this project. The documents will be drafted in consultation with the Industry Reference Committee and their networks including Principal Racing Authorities. Opportunities to provide targeted feedback will occur when the draft materials are made available in January/February 2021, and again for validation of final drafts in late February 2021.

Your feedback is welcomed at any time and will help us in drafting the qualifications. It is important that training provides a skilled and flexible workforce for the future. The qualifications need to reflect real work experience. So, if you work in the sector, Skills Impact would love your input and help.

Please feel free to register your interest in project updates and consultation opportunities by following the newsletter subscription link below. Alternatively, please feel free to contact the project manager, Cathy Beven at cathy@skillsimpact.com.au.

Stakeholder Consultation Process

A list of key stakeholder organisations has been identified for this project. Skills Impact will ensure contact is made with each of these organisations during the development of this project to seek their involvement and their views on the draft qualifications.

If you are aware of an organisation that you think should be involved, please contact the project team to ensure they are contacted by us.

 

Development

The racing industry is one of Australia’s oldest industries and employs thousands of people, making a significant contribution to national economic growth and jobs. For those pursuing a career in racing there are some key skills to be learnt to support animal welfare and sporting integrity. New entrants must develop skills to comply with racing industry rules and ethics, as well as to perform their roles to the high standards required of professional sport. They need to understand animal behaviour and welfare and how to work with racing horses and greyhounds, as well as the skills to work in a manner that is healthy and safe towards themselves and others.

For those in high level roles, such as jockeys, there are expert skills to build on and finesse. Jockeys are elite athletes and need to have the highest level of riding skills, including the ability to react quickly during a race, make decisions and exercise judgement when choosing mounts and assessing horse form.

Consultation will take place throughout this project to review two qualifications for the racing industry. The Certificate II in Racing Industry will be reviewed and updated to broaden career pathways and support the skills for those beginning their career across all codes (thoroughbred, harness and greyhound). The Certificate IV in Racing (Jockey) will also be revised to capture the high level skills required of jockeys. Consideration will be given to advanced level business units currently included as core in the qualification and issues they are causing with training delivery and learner completion.

Both qualifications have been reviewed and revised following a meeting of Subject Matter Experts. There have been several changes proposed including to the core units of competency and the electives for both qualifications.

Major changes to entry requirements and packaging rules in the Certificate IV in Racing (Jockey) have been proposed, which require further consultation and advice from experts, including Quality Assurance panel members and State Training Authorities.

Development outcomes and next steps

Broad stakeholder consultation is scheduled to commence late February 2021, when draft units will be made available for comment on this webpage. Your input on all proposed changes is welcome, please feel free to register your interest to keep informed of project updates and when draft materials are available for feedback.

 

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Drafts Available

Australia’s racing industry employs thousands of people, contributing significantly to national economic growth and jobs. There are various opportunities for those pursuing a career in the racing industry and there are key skills that every new entrant must learn to support animal welfare and sporting integrity. At a higher level, those in the racing industry require expert skills in their chosen area. For jockeys this means they need to possess the highest level of riding skills, including the ability to react quickly during a race, make decisions and exercise judgement when choosing mounts and assessing horse form. It is important that the national qualifications for both of these groups of learners are kept up to date so that the necessary skills are supported.

As part of this project, the Certificate II in Racing Industry is being reviewed and updated to also include the unique skills required in greyhound racing. It is being revised to broaden career pathways and reflect skills required across all codes (thoroughbred, harness and greyhound).

The Certificate IV in Racing (Jockey) is also being reviewed to support high level racing skills and clarify entry requirements. The advanced level business skills included as core units in the qualification are difficult to deliver and for learners to complete. As these business skills do not affect the occupational outcomes and roles of jockeys, the need for inclusion of these units is being considered.

Subject matter experts, including Industry Reference Committee members and Principal Racing Authorities have been engaged to review and revise the qualifications.

Draft qualifications are now available for your review and feedback. Please find these drafts listed below.

We are seeking your feedback on whether the draft qualifications, reflect the current skills standards and practices of industry, and whether job functions are accurately described.

They have been reviewed and updated to incorporate skills to address potential ambiguity in the Entry Requirements for the Certificate IV in Racing (Jockey) and to specify that Jockeys are required to maintain a safe and healthy weight in order to participate in this sport. Business units have been removed from the core of the qualification to aid in delivery.

The Certificate II in Racing has been reviewed to incorporate units from the greyhound racing sector and remove horse racing specific core units (which have been retained as electives).

The drafts will be available on this webpage for feedback until 5 March 2021

How to provide feedback

To view the documents, please click on the expandable menus below. You can submit your feedback online using our feedback hub, or by email, or by taking part in a webinar.

 Feedback hub 

You can post comments directly on the draft qualifications, as well as view any comments from others. Your comments will remain anonymous. Only Skills Impact internal staff and training package contractors working directly on the project can identify users. For more information, see our Privacy Policy. The feedback hub is also moderated to avoid misuse. For further details, see our Moderation Policy. 

Please follow these steps:

  1. Select the qualification you would like to review. 
  2. You will be asked to register or login (this is a free account). Follow the prompts. 
  3. Once logged in, you will be able to post feedback directly on the document. 
  4.  Download user instructions 

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 Feedback via email

Of course there is always the option to email us your feedback if you prefer. You can attach the qualification with your track changes as feedback, or to provide general comments about the drafts. There is a link at the bottom of each document group where you can download the Microsoft Word versions of the qualifications, skills set and units. Please email your feedback to Cathy Beven cathy@skillsimpact.com.au

Qualifications

Qualification code and nameProposed changes or rationaleLink
RGR202XX Certificate II in Racing IndustryRemoved ACMEQU205 Apply knowledge of horse behaviour from Core Units. Reduced to four core and 10 electives. Included Kennel Hand in Qualification Description.View draft qualification and provide feedback
RGR402XX Certificate IV in Racing (Jockey)Removed business (BSB) units from Core Units. Number of core units reduced to 9. Number of Elective Units increased to 8 Entry Requirements revised to include reference to safely maintaining a healthy weight.View draft qualification and provide feedback

Alternatively, you can email your feedback to cathy@skillsimpact.com.au

The draft documents can be downloaded in Microsoft Word format by clicking here.

Summary of Consultation to Date

The draft qualifications have been drafted in consultation with Subject Matter Experts. People working directly in the greyhound and horse racing industries participated and provided information on the skills and knowledge required for job roles and tasks. Thank you to those who provided feedback during these activities.

 

 

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