The Fast Track program runs annually, with applications for the 2024 intake opening at the end of January. Successful applicants should be ready to commence their traineeships and the first learning block on May 20th, 2024.
All education and teaching provided to Fast Track trainees are free. Thoroughbred Breeders Australia covers the costs of qualifications and additional learning opportunities (such as first aid, defensive driving, health and well-being). We view this as an investment in the industry's future leaders.
Fast Track enjoys support from numerous prominent farms across Australia. However, the primary breeding centres are situated in the Hunter Valley in NSW, Victoria's north-east, and the Darling Downs in QLD.
Farms pay trainees under the Federal Government’s award system. However, the breeding industry is committed to showing young people that their contribution to the workplace is valued. Consequently, all participating employer farms in the program have collectively agreed to offer wages above the standard trainee award.
This wage is maintained even during your time away attending the learning blocks. After graduating from Fast Track and completing your traineeship, you can expect a pay rise if you remain with your employer.
The breeding and thoroughbred industry offers a diverse range of roles, such as foaling attendant, yearling manager, stallion handler, vet nurse, stud logistics, bloodstock agent, and nominations.
Most industry professionals, even those in office-based roles, have spent some time working hands-on with horses on a farm. Fast Track is specifically crafted to provide trainees with an intensive learning experience, preparing them for success regardless of their chosen career path.
Moreover, breeding is a global industry that presents exciting travel opportunities, with a wide range of opportunities across the US, UK, Europe, Hong Kong, New Zealand and many others.
Fast Track welcomes individuals from all backgrounds across Australia, aged 18 and over, who share an interest in horses. No prior experience with thoroughbreds is necessary, but having a basic understanding of horse handling can be advantageous, and it will be considered during the application assessment.
If you have limited or no prior contact with horses but are passionate about the thoroughbred industry, we still encourage you to reach out. You might find it beneficial to undertake a preliminary equine course or engage in work experience where you can get hands-on experience with horses. Feel free to contact us for guidance and advice.
If you are passionate about horses then life on a horse farm may be an extremely rewarding job for you. You’ll be part of a team working outside and spending the day with the animals you love.
However, like any profession involving animal care, it involves extended and occasionally unconventional hours. This includes weekend shifts and night duties, particularly during the foaling season. Most farms follow a roster requiring staff to work every second weekend. Physical fitness, a positive mindset, and a robust work ethic are fundamental attributes for thriving in farm work.
Success in the breeding industry often comes to those dedicated individuals who embrace the reality that this isn't a 9-to-5 job. It requires commitment and a genuine passion for the work at hand.
Fast Track is available to applicants Australia-wide. While we make every effort to place trainees on farms within their home state, there may be instances where it becomes necessary for trainees to take up placements interstate.
For interstate trainees, TBA with the support of the AgriFutures Australia Capacity Building Program, covers accommodation costs and assists with travel expenses for intensive learning blocks in Scone.