Assiniboia Downs (2005)

Case Study

The learning program team at Winnipeg’s Assiniboia Downs racetrack has gone to great lengths to develop a learning resource centre with schedules and delivery models that meet the particular needs of its employees.

Assiniboia Downs offers live thoroughbred horseracing in the summer and year-round trade shows, exhibitions, banquets, and simultaneous broadcasts of international races. The employees at the racetrack tend to be seasonal and transient, with unpredictable and demanding schedules.

Focus groups and one-on-one interviews with all employees in the food and beverage services, barns, and on the grounds showed that basic skills and academic upgrading were the employees’ top picks for training.

In partnership with the Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (HBPA), the Winners Foundation, and Jockey Club, the racetrack provides employees with an on-site learning centre that meets their training and personal needs. The learning centre offers computer training; basic skills programs in reading, writing, and math; and academic upgrading.

In addition, riders from Mexico and other Latin American countries benefit from English as a Second Language courses, developed at the employees’ request.

The centre also conducts workshops in budgeting, bookkeeping, listening, and communication skills.

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