TBA Entry To Stud Employment Programme 2018

Course Overview

Following the success of last year’s pilot TBA Entry to Stud Employment course (E2SE), applications are now being accepted for the 2018 programme.

The course, which is run by the National Stud with funding from the TBA and the Racing Foundation, aims to provide a route for adults who lack the practical experience but are committed to a career in the Thoroughbred breeding industry.

Entry to Stud Employment Programme is open to anyone aged 18 or above.  There are no entry criteria other than a physical aptitude for the job and a drive to learn and work in the industry.  Prior experience with horses is not required, with last year’s candidates coming from a variety of backgrounds including legal, catering, armed forces and engineering.

The course is run in two parts; an initial 9-week residential programme at The National Stud, which provides trainees with basic stud work skills, transferable skills and accredited

qualifications.  During this time trainees will gain vital horse handling and stud farm experience, which cumulates in assisting at the December Mare and Foal Sales.  The 9-week residential course, is fully funded by the TBA and trainees will be housed and fully catered at the National Stud.

Following their time at the National Stud, providing that trainees have achieved a required standard, they will then be introduced to a suitable stud farm for a placement interview.  The placement duration is negotiable but will be a minimum of 6 months in order for the trainee to achieve the Level 2 Work-Based Diploma in Racehorse Care qualification.  This placement period will be paid and accommodation will usually be provided, the rate of pay is variable but will reflect their age and experience.  Throughout the training, E2SE trainees will be supported and guided, and once their placement has commenced they will be visited and assessed by National Stud training staff on a regular basis.

To apply for the course, simply download and fill in the application form.  The 2018 programme will commence in mid-October and interviews will be held late spring and throughout the summer.

For further information on the scheme, please contact Caroline Turnbull at the TBA 01638 661321/ email caroline.turnbull@thetba.co.uk.

Employers who are interested in taking on a student from the programme, or who have a potential candidate in mind, should contact Tabbi Smith, Training Director at the National Stud on 01638 675928/ email tabitha.smith@nationalstud.co.uk

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Qualifications

After completed the 9-week residential programme, all trainees should have achieved:

  • Basic Emergency First Aid
  • Manual Handling Awareness
  • Introduction to tractor driving (subject to driving licence requirements)
  • Level 3 Award in Transporting Horses on Short Journeys
  • Level 2 Certificate in Principles of Horse Care

After 6-9 months paid employment

  • Level 2 Work Based Diploma in Racehorse Care (Breeding option)

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Fees

The 9-week residential course is fully funded by the TBA.  However, there are some costs that each trainee will need to fund:

  • £250 refundable accommodation deposit
  • £75 contribution towards the group social fund, which will include a subsidised 12-month membership fee to The Thoroughbred Club
  • Trainees are required to provide a correctly fitted skull cap, a pair of protective toe cap boots and a pair of suitable gloves.

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