One of the chief objectives of the NGC is to provide a ‘one stop shop’ for anyone interested in securing employment within the industry.
Attendance at NGC events will provide a networking opportunity and access to leading industry figures who will be happy to offer careers advice.
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There are a range of careers in the Thoroughbred Breeding Industry, from hands-on work on a stud farm to administrative roles in studs, sales companies, bloodstock agencies and transport companies. For more information download the TBA Careers Leaflet.
The Next Generation Committee have between them attended a number of the Industry courses that are on offer. Below are their views on the courses and details on how to contact the various course providers:
British Horseracing Education And Standard Trust
BHA Graduate Scheme
Tim Kent is a graduate of this scheme.
As the racing and breeding industry goes from strength to strength there is a growing need to recruit and train people to work in a range of jobs from hands-on work with horses to administrative roles.
The BHA Careers in Racing website provides an overview of the industry with details on the variety of positions available in every sector, ranging from work on stud farms to racecourses, trainer’s yards to the governing authorities. There is even a Virtual Careers Advisor, which helps people choose the area of racing that might be right for them.
A valuable new addition to the website is the newly launched Job Board which provides employers with the chance to advertise jobs FREE of charge. This is an excellent opportunity to place jobs on line – a vital development as more and more people use the internet to look for jobs on home PC’s, at school and college or in internet cafes.
The aim is to make this site the Number 1 source of staff for the industry, and employers and candidates will be encouraged to use it in conjunction with more traditional means of recruiting staff or finding jobs.
British Racing School
As a Centre of Excellence for training in the horseracing world, the BRS aims to provide a range of training of the highest standard to meet the needs of the racing industry, and to meet the needs of our learners.
Darley Flying Start
Attended by these Committee Members – Gina Bryce, Matt Coleman and Kevin Sommerville.
A two year management training course for potential thoroughbred industry leaders. A dynamic range of management modules including finance, legal and marketing, combined with practical work placements in the thoroughbred industry deliver an unparalleled real world experience for those who are selected for the scholarship. Trainees travel to Ireland, UK, USA, Australia and Dubai to work and study.
Northern Racing College
Since opening in 1984, the aim has been to provide high quality training for young people who want to work in the racing industry. This leads to the achievement of National Vocational Qualifications (NVQ's) together with practical experience in trainers' yards.
The Irish National Stud
Phil Haworth, Sam Hoskins, Kevin Sommerville and James Read attended this course.
Phil had this to say about it “The INS course provides an excellent grounding in all aspects of the thoroughbred industry, plus offers a good opportunity to make useful contacts worldwide.”
The first Thoroughbred Breeding course was held in the Irish National Stud in 1971 and it remains the best-known equine training programme to this day. The aim of the course is to educate young people for a career in the breeding industry, although graduates have also been prominent in racehorse training, bloodstock sales and insurance and the media. Many of the best-known studs worldwide are owned and managed by graduates from Tully and still send students to the course on a scholarship basis.
The National Stud
Ed Harper attended a course here.
The National Stud offers training courses for people who have a passion for horses and a keen interest in the Thoroughbred breeding and racing industry.
The National Stud’s well established training department has delivered Thoroughbred specific courses for over 22 years. Graduates of the courses are highly regarded by industry employers; the vast majority securing employment immediately after graduating.
The Stud provides a variety of courses, many of which are free, aimed at those wishing to enter into a career in the industry or develop existing skills. The courses combine practical “hands on” experience and training with theoretical knowledge and the opportunity to gain recognised industry qualifications.
The Stud’s modern training facilities combined with a fully commercial breeding operation provides an excellent environment to gain experience of the industry while working under the instruction of qualified staff. Residential students are housed in Westbrook House at the stud; students also have access to the unique Joan Westbrook Lecture Theatre.