Audrey Keck has always been interested in working outdoors with animals. But without family connections to rural industries or a farming background, she thought her dream would never become a reality.
While working in hospitality, she often thought about a career change but was unsure what it would look like. That was until she stumbled across an advertisement on social media for a program called Fast Track.
Run by Thoroughbred Breeders Australia, the 12-month training program offered a mix of on-the-job training and formal study. Specifically, it involved completing a TAFE certificate while being paid for time spent on practical placements.
Having successfully applied for the program, Audrey has been working as a stud hand at Swettenham Stud at Nagambie, in the Goulburn Valley region of Victoria, for the past six months.
This case study is one of a series developed as part of the Community Perceptions and Worker Experiences Program. Check out the stories of other inspiring Australians who have entered the agricultural workforce.
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