BHA Careers in Racing brochure 2021 - Page 24

The British Horseracing Development Programme

The British Horseracing Development Programme ( formerly known as the British Horseracing Graduate Development Programme ) is well known and highly regarded throughout the British Horseracing industry
This Programme provides an invaluable source of talent to the sport and its supporting industry . It is an early careers programme suitable for candidates with Degrees , Higher Apprenticeships or equivalent skills and capabilities .
Over 450 people have completed the Programme and the majority have established careers in British Horseracing in a wide range of roles ; management positions at racecourses , bookmakers , the trade press , trainer ’ s yards , studs , bloodstock sales and also at the British Horseracing Authority .
The Programme starts with a free , comprehensive two-week residential introduction course usually held at The British Racing School in Newmarket in July . This is followed by an 8 week paid placement at one of the sponsoring companies . Applications are usually invited from November to the end of February each year .
More information is available on www . careersinracing . com
National Association of Racing Staff Careers Advice & Training Service (CATS) The National Association of Racing Staff is an independent Trade Union representing all racing staff, with various links to bodies within racing. It will negotiate wages and conditions within racing yards and is there to represent staff in cases of dispute. CATS is a Careers Advice and Training Service for staff working within the British horse racing industry. The service can be used by anyone who wants to progress and develop within their current role or within the wider industry. For more information visit Support through the CATS service is tailored to each individual. The degree of support could mean anything from simply answering a question or providing information, through to careers coaching sessions and is available to anyone, at any time of their career. For more information, visit or call 0800 6300 443 Racing Groom is free to join for all aspiring grooms and those already working in the industry as grooms. It provides tools such as CV and cover letter builders. It also offers tickets for Racing Grooms to go racing and it’s run by the National Trainers Federation. Join today! For more information visit