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RQ supports Explorer Cadetship Program

Racing Queensland is encouraging students to consider a career in the thoroughbred industry by throwing its support behind the Explorer Cadetship Program.

Staged in conjunction with the Australian Racing and Equine Academy, the 12-month program offers candidates with a cross-section of educational and practical experiences including placements within racing stables and stud farms.

During the current intake, Thoroughbred Industry Careers has placed two students at Eureka Stud, home to Queensland’s reigning Stallion of the Year, Spirit of Boom, and another with the state’s leading trainer, Tony Gollan, who is fresh off a sixth Metropolitan Premiership win.

The cadetship commences with a 12-week residential learning component of practical and theoretical training in Sydney, followed by two paid work-experience placements for four-and-a-half months at a time.

With the next intake commencing in February, RQ CEO Brendan Parnell is among the cadetship’s supporters, stating it provides a great breeding ground for students to experience working in the thoroughbred industry.

“The Queensland racing industry plays a significant role in the state’s economy," Mr Parnell said.

“And at the same times, offers a variety of careers that are both satisfying and rewarding.

“The size and scope of the state is not without its challenges, however, with some parts of regional and remote Queensland experiencing a shortage of racing related roles including stable hands and farriers.

“A cadetship offers a wonderful opportunity to get hands-on experience in the thoroughbred industry – paving the way for a variety of roles – while getting the opportunity to rub shoulders with some of the biggest names in Australian racing.”

The Explorer Cadetship Program is capped at 30 students per annum and is open to those who are aged 18-or-over at its commencement.

Click here to learn more about the Explorer Cadetship Program.