Entry to Employment Programme Now Accepting Applicants

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Applications are now open until April for the second year of the Entry to Employment Programme, a course that gives those who already have hands-on experience with horses the chance of a career in British racing. Part of an ongoing effort to attract more racing staff, the course consists of a five-week residential trainer course followed by a work placement at a training yard and will teach students the specifics of how to ride and look after racehorses. Potential applicants must have graduated or be in their final year of studies for an equine or animal-related qualification at an equine college and have a strong interest and desire to work with racehorses. The residential courses will run during the summer months at both the British Racing School in Newmarket and the Northern Racing College in Doncaster. Successful applicants will be asked to attend an assessment day where they will be interviewed and evaluated on their riding ability, fitness and overall suitability for the course.

“We were pleased with the results of the 2017 Entry to Employment Programme, with over 80% of the students who took part being placed into employment in racing,” said British Horseracing Authority Careers Marketing & Recruitment Advisor Michelle Douglas. “We are looking to build on the numbers in 2018 and I would encourage any equine college students who love horses and have never considered a career in racing to give it a try.”

Trainer Andrew Balding added, “This is an excellent programme that will give equestrian students direct access into the racing industry, not just as a potential jockey but for other sides of the industry too. We hope we, at Kingsclere, can continue to work alongside Careers in Racing by offering students placements which show them the real life within a racing yard.”

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