Racing Victoria Project
Future Connect has been developing partnerships with industries in Melbourne's West to try and provide career pathways opportunities for young people in the area. One of the partnerships being developed is with Racing Victoria. The main perception that we have garnered from young people is that the racing industry is restricted to the areas of horse studies, veterinary studies and jockey opportunities, however, the racing industry provides a multitude of career opportunities.
Representatives from Racing Victoria made a presentation to teachers at the Brimbank & Melton Careers Teachers Network meeting on the gamut of career paths available in the racing industry. Future Connect was able to negotiate through Racing Victoria and VRC Flemington a pilot industry visit day for VCAL students from Victoria University Secondary College. The students visited Danny O'Brien Racing Stables viewing horse studies and the veterinary area, met the Track Management Manager to hear about landscaping and ground maintenance opportunities with the gardeners showing the students the work they were undertaking in preparation for Melbourne Cup Day in the horticulture area. They were also able to visit the event management and marketing areas where staff spoke to the students about business and IT career opportunities. Peter Rowland Caterers provided lunch on the day and outlined the various hospitality opportunities available.