Industry Champions Celebrated Off-Track
On February 12, an achievement ceremony was held for the New England participants who successfully completed the inaugural accredited training program – Greyhound Racing Industry Core Skill Set.
Delivered by Tamworth-based registered training organisation Joblink Plus, the Nationally recognised training program is the first of its kind in any greyhound racing jurisdiction in Australia.
A similar ceremony was held for Dapto and Goulburn participants a week earlier.
Comprising the 7 core units from the nationally-endorsed racing training package, the skill set focuses on recognising and building on skills and experience of participants with the aim of industry best practice.
The course also covered greyhound care – drawing on contemporary animal welfare science and racing ethics and integrity – exploring current issues regarding social licence and community expectation. Lively conversation and debate took place in the final workshop; no one shirked the hard work of having the tough conversations that are required to ensure the racing industry has the highest standards of integrity.
The achievement ceremony celebrated multiple successes. The pilot was funded by Training Services NSW and with further funding from GRNSW, the whole training program was completely free for industry participants.
The training program was developed from the recently updated national racing training package and tailored to NSW greyhound racing rules and codes.
There was a great turnout for the pilot training program; 80 of the 82 enrolments successfully completed all seven units of competency for the course. While this is a tremendous success rate for a novel vocational education and training program, it was also a genuine surprise for some participants, who had admitted they hadn't set foot in a classroom for quite some time.
In response to their commitment to professional development, Dr Norman Blackman, GRNSW Chief Veterinary Officer, announced that GRNSW will fully fund the delivery of three elective units, so that those who completed the skill set under the pilot program may achieve the full qualification – Certificate II in Racing (Greyhound).
Across the entire country, there are currently only four people who have achieved this qualification with a specialisation in greyhound racing.