14 Jul 2011 Pre-2014 Releases

Youth charity The Prince’s Trust has teamed up with the British Horseracing Authority and Greatwood, a charity that cares for retired racehorses, to help unemployed young people from Wiltshire into work.

The Trust has recruited a group of unemployed 16-25-year-olds to take part in its new Get Started with Horses course, which takes place at Greatwood, near Marlborough, from 18th to 22nd July.

The five-day course, which is completely free of charge, will provide the group with an introduction to the horse and racing industry, building their confidence and self-esteem. Participants will also gain practical skills in handling horses, team work and presentation skills.

The aim of the course is to help unemployed young people gain the skills and confidence they need to get into work or training. All participants will receive three months support after the course to help them find a job.

Sara Hay-Jahans, Head of Industry Recruitment & Training for the British Horseracing Authority, said:

“The British Horseracing Authority and Greatwood are delighted to be able to offer this opportunity for young people to experience the fun and fulfilment of working with horses. Developing a relationship with horses is similar to developing a relationship with a peer – it helps teach trust, empathy and responsibility and often gives a sense of purpose.”

The British Horseracing Authority has been a supporter of The Prince’s Trust since 2008, and works with the charity to help improve the lives of young people through sport.

Last year, The Trust helped more than 3,300 young people in the South West, giving them the skills and confidence to find a job. More than three in four moved into work, education or training.