The density of the Thoroughbred racing industry in Kentucky is immense and is concentrated in the central part of the state. Working with the Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP) allowed us to get a quick glimpse of the industry’s shared pain points that plague many farms. Using KEEP’s membership list and working outwards a collaborative group was formed of 22 employers originally. Working through the TPM process, the employers centered on two critical positions: grooms and night watch. Once data was collected through the demand planning process, it was apparent, with 566 total positions needed, that the groom position should be the first line of action.
Communication within the collaborative allowed employers to understand that they were not always talking the same language, although they sought the same type of grooms’ skills. Once a complete set of skills had been determined and evaluated, the group began looking at past hiring strategies. Because the equine industry is based heavily on relationships and word of mouth information transfer, it was not surprising that the Talent Flow Analysis exercise revealed no solidified pipeline established. Thus, the industry decided to engage with young adults and those new to the industry, to educate and inspire them to choose a career in the industry.
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