Collaboration between registered training organisations (RTOs) and employers is a key channel for learners to find employment and employers to find skilled employees.  

While there are many successful instances of collaboration across Australia’s vocational education and training (VET) system, some learners and employers experience difficulty accessing formal training through an RTO. At the same time, RTOs do not necessarily know where there is a demand for training and a significant investment is often required to set up resources for certain courses. Viability is a key consideration for RTOs when deciding whether to develop and deliver a course. For the industries Skills Insight works with, there is a particular challenge in certain regions where potential learners are spread across a large geographical area, making it particularly difficult to bring together learners, employers and RTOs. 

The racing and breeding industry is one example where programs have been established to address these barriers and support improved collaboration and access to training. However, they are only available in certain regions. Using already successful programs as a starting point, Skills Insight is undertaking a research project to examine how barriers to training are being experienced and addressed in the racing and breeding industry. As part of this research, we will engage with all relevant organisations to uncover insights into existing solutions and what makes them successful. We will also look at key considerations for success if similar programs were to be applied more broadly across the racing and breeding industry and other industries.   

The outcome will be a report outlining the findings of our consultations, with advice on how to support improved connections between employers and RTOs so that learners can secure the training and skill development they need to thrive.   

We welcome your feedback at any time throughout the project. You are encouraged to register for project updates through our newsletter using the subscription button above. Alternatively, please feel free to get in touch with the activity manager Ruth Geldard at [email protected] or by calling 03 9321 3526.  


We will be hosting consultation workshops in Queensland and Western Australia, two states where there is a significant racing and breeding industry, but no delivery of certain qualifications. At these workshops we will discuss existing programs, what barriers there might be to establishing similar programs in other states, and solutions to these barriers. If you’d like to know more about these sessions, please contact Diana McNaughton [email protected]


Thursday, 15 February 2024 


Thursday, 21 March 2024 


Tuesday, 12 March 2024


Thursday, 14 March 2024


Project Team

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Ruth Geldard

Project Manager, Skills Insight
[email protected]

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Diana McNaughton

Stakeholder Engagement Manager, Skills Insight
[email protected]