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A career of opportunity in the Sport of Kings

Darley's Northwood stud was used to sell the merits of our largest local industry to careers advisers.

CHALPAT SONTI December 4, 2013 4:37am

The 2000 Melbourne Cup winner Brew proved a popular attraction for careers advisers in the splendid setting of the homsestead lawn at Darley's Northwood stud.

To sell an industry, you can’t get much better than attracting the buyers to Northwood and Darley’s showpiece stud.

That’s what Racing Victoria did last week as it invited secondary school careers teachers from across Victoria and those from specialist agencies such as Jana Ash (CVGT) and Carmen Fifield (Central Ranges LLEN) along to tell them of the many and varied career paths in thoroughbred horse racing.

The educators spent the day learning about everything from stud work to racing stables and administration (courtesy of Seymour Racing Club’s Penny Reeve), as well as the associated disciplines such as dentistry and vet nursing.

It was part of a plan to target those who strongly influence and support career options for students, and they left impressed with what our region’s largest industry has to offer.

The annual day has usually been run at Flemington but Racing Victoria’s Melissa Weatherley said it was decided to bring it out into thoroughbred heartland.

One of the quirks of the industry locally is while it is a huge employer, many of those people are from outside the region and finding staff is an ongoing issue.

Many school-leavers would not have been aware of the huge opportunities for travel and progression in the Sport of Kings — whether they work hands-on with horses or not — but it is hoped they will be now.

Darley Victoria’s learning and development manager Natalie Welsh said her organisation had a responsibility within the industry.

‘‘As an organisation, we have a strong belief that we have a vital role to play in raising awareness and lifting the profile of careers within the sport and associated industries,’’ she said.

‘‘Racing is full of highly skilled workers and there are many opportunities for people and we want to get that message out to potential employees.’’

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