The application deadline for the 2005 British Horseracing Board Graduate Development Programme is now just over ten days away. Those interested in gaining one of 18 places on the course, which is highly renowned and respected throughout British Racing, should submit their applications by Monday 28th February.
The Programme is now in its 15th year, and commences with a two-week residential course at the British Racing School in Newmarket during June and July. The course includes presentations from senior executives in the racing, breeding and betting industries, and visits to Newmarket Racecourse, Weatherbys, the National Stud and other places of interest. Group projects will also be set over the fortnight.
The course is then followed by a paid eight-week placement at one of the sponsoring industry organisations. In 2005, these are the British Horseracing Board and the Jockey Club, Coral, Darley Stud Management Co. Ltd, the Horserace Betting Levy Board, Horse Racing Ireland, Letheby and Christopher, the Press Association, 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 high-profile organisations who greatly value the scheme as a recognised entry point for talented graduates. The success of the Programme 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 BHB Graduate Development Programme, British Horseracing Board, 151 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8AL or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org by the last day of February.
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.
For further information on the Programme and details of the individual placements, please click here