29 Feb 2012 Pre-2014 Releases

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) are pleased to announce that Racing Welfare will join them as supporters of their highly successful Graduate programme by offering a placement to a Graduate this summer. They will be joining other major racing organisations and media groups such as Weatherbys, Tattersalls, The Racing Post and Timeform, to name just a few.

The programme starts with a comprehensive two-week residential course usually held in Newmarket in July, which includes a wide range of speakers, field trips, personal development and networking opportunities. Graduates then go on to their paid placements which are usually eight weeks.

Over the years of the scheme the BHA has received many applicants from graduates who may have started their career working directly with horses in the racing industry but have had to change the focus of their career path following an accident or injury. Racing Welfare hopes that by offering this placement they will be able to directly support someone in continuing to follow their passion of working in horseracing, albeit following a different path to the one they intended.

Sam Martin, Industry Training and Welfare Associate for the British Horseracing Authority, said:

“This is a great opportunity to have as part of our Graduate Programme and we are glad to be able to offer someone who has retrained the chance to broaden their knowledge and contacts in the industry”

Cedric Burton (OBE), Chief Executive of Racing Welfare, said:

“Amongst Racing Welfare’s broad range of charitable objectives are education and training. Each year the Charity helps a significant number of individuals working in racing or thoroughbred breeding to retrain. We would therefore look to sponsor a placement on the BHA Graduate Scheme for someone who has worked in racing; be it in racing stables, studs or behind the scenes at racecourses who aims to progress and make a difference in the sport.

“We believe that their hard won experience and knowledge will be a valuable building block. Their understanding of the motivations and pressures on people who work in racing will not only help inform their colleagues on the course, but will subsequently help them formulate better decisions on behalf of the sport.

“Racing Welfare is all about giving ‘a leg up’ not ‘a hand out’ and we look forward to speaking to applicants who wish to make use of their experience for the good of the sport and its participants.”