Work Experience opportunities within the Racing and Thoroughbred Breeding industries for secondary school pupils
The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) is keen to support schools and colleges in their careers education and has recently completed a research project into how to make work experience placements in training yards and studs more accessible. Resulting from this the BHA has developed a 'toolkit' offering advice and guidance to employers in the racing industry which will enable them to more readily offer work experience placements. The toolkit covers the legal, insurance, health and safety, safeguarding and educational regulatory issues relating to offering work experience, explains the process to be followed, and includes a Work Experience Diary for students to complete during their placement.
The BHA, in partnership with Connect EB is now looking pilot the process over the next three to four months with up to ten selected students from local schools and colleges, with a view to rolling it out more widely in the Spring/Summer of 2018. We already have a number of racehorse trainers in the Newmarket area who are committed to supporting the pilot so we are now looking to recruit a small cohort of students keen to take part. This type of placement would suit students who are keen to work in an outdoor environment and are interested in exploring working with racehorses as a career. Some previous experience with ponies/horses would be an advantage but is not essential.
We understand that schools tend to prefer sending their students out on block for work experience to keep disruption to the normal school routine to a minimum. However, if you have any flexibility and have students who may benefit from a one week placement, or a day release arrangement, we would be pleased to discuss options with you.