Just over a month remains before the closing date for the 2003 British Horseracing Board Graduate Development Programme. Those interested in securing one of 16 places on this unique and highly acclaimed course must apply by 28th February.
The programme, now in its 13th year, begins with a two-week residential course in July at the British Racing School in Newmarket which includes presentations from senior executives and visits to the National Stud, Weatherbys, Newmarket Racecourse and other places of interest.
This fortnight is then followed by a paid eight-week placement at one the sponsoring racing and betting industry organisations who in 2003 are the British Horseracing Board, Coral, Darley Stud Management Ltd, the Horserace Betting Levy Board, Horse Racing Ireland, the Jockey Club, Letheby and Christopher, the Racecourse Association, Racecourse Holdings Trust, RaceTech, the Racing Post, Tattersalls, the Tote, Weatherbys and William Hill.
The list of sponsors illustrates the breadth of potential career interests covered by the Programme and the very high-profile organisations who greatly value the scheme as a recognised entry point for talented graduates. The Programme’s success is reflected in the significant number of influential racing and betting positions which have been secured by those who have been on the course in the past.
The Programme is aimed at students in their penultimate or final year although applications will be considered from those who have recently completed their degree. In most cases the sponsor company does not mind what degree the applicant is studying as long as there is evidence of high academic achievement.
Applicants, who should have a serious interest in a career in the racing or betting industries, should send a CV (including A Level grades), the names of two referees (one character and one academic) and a full covering letter to Mrs Gill Lovell, Training Director, The British Horseracing Training Board, Suite 16, Unit 8, King’s Court, Willie Snaith Road, Newmarket CB8 7SG or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The letter should state, in no more than 500 words, the applicant’s interest in racing, the qualities they offer and what they would seek to gain from the Programme. Interviews take place in London, Doncaster and Ireland during April.
More information about the Programme can be found on www.bhb.co.uk or from the British Horseracing Training Board on 01638 560743.