University Graduate

Finished University and want to start a career in racing?

What are your options after you graduate University?

If you are graduating from University you can start to apply for jobs in racing as soon as you finish your studies, many racecourse jobs would suit graduates with degrees in marketing, PR, journalism or event management. The Job Board always has a wide range of current opportunities many of which are at a suitable level for university graduates. 

An alternative route into the racing industry is via the British Horseracing Development Programme, a programme which has been running for over 25 years and is well known and highly regarded throughout the British Horseracing Industry

British Horseracing Development Programme

The programme starts with a comprehensive two- week residential course held at The British Racing School (BRS) in Newmarket in July. Participants then go on to paid placements which are usually eight weeks but in some cases may be longer. Approximately 16 to 20 places are available each year, in a variety of organisations, in locations across the UK including:

Racecourse Association, The Racing Post, Weatherbys, Jockey Club Racecourses, Arena Racing Company, Sky Sports Racing and The Tote.

The programme provides an invaluable source of talent to the industry. Many of the programme's alumni have established careers in a wide range of roles; management positions at racecourses, broadcasters, the trade press, bloodstock sales and also at the BHA.

The Development Programme an early careers programme suitable for candidates with Degrees, Higher Apprenticeships or equivalent skills and capabilities. Candidates must be of a good academic standard, who are passionate about horseracing and are enthusiastic to learn about the industry and develop a career within it. Prior knowledge or experience of horses and horseracing is not necessary and there are no restrictions on qualification subjects studied. Although no job is guaranteed at the end of the 8 week placement, most participants go on to find employment within the industry.

Applications are usually opened in November each and close at the end of February. Successful candidates will be invited to attend an assessment day in London late March/early April.  Placements will then be offered to successful candidates in May.


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