Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra Gareth Ward MP has today announced a training first for our region at TAFE NSW Yallah.
Mr Ward has encouraged local Illawarra and Shoalhaven residents interested in working with horses to enrol in the Certificate III in Performance Horse course in Semester 2, commencing on 23rd July.
“This qualification offers practical training and skills for people already working in, or would like to enter into a career in the equestrian industry,” he said.
“This qualification provides career opportunities as a groomer or strapper, stud hand, trail-ride assistant, stock rider, stable hand and farm hand.
“This new qualification is an excellent example of how TAFE NSW, the nation’s largest training and education provider, offers a diverse range of courses to meet the needs of our growing and diverse communities.
“The qualification will be delivered by a TAFE NSW teacher who is also a trained veterinary nurse with a Bachelor of Equine Science,” Mr Ward said.
TAFE NSW Yallah Head Teacher of Trades and Technology Jennifer O’Donnell, who is a practicing veterinarian, said that unlike this course, other equine courses are focussed on training for the horse racing industry.
“This course encompasses everything equine that is not racing, including preparing for eventing, trail riding or working with organisations such as Riding for the Disabled,” Ms O’Donnell said.
“Students will acquire skills in grooming, nutrition, lunging and how to use different horse-related equipment.
TAFE NSW Yallah has acquired a life-size horse-training mannequin to be used for hands-on training delivery together with the facility’s six live horses.
To find out more about Certificate III in Performance Horse or any other Semester 2 course, please visit the website at: www.tafensw.edu.au.