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, which has been running for over 30 years, provides an invaluable source of talent to the sport and its supporting industry.  For the 31st running in 2021, we were delighted to announce that the Programme was renamed to the British Horseracing Development Programme and is now 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

The programme starts with a free, comprehensive two-week residential introduction course usually held at The British Racing School (BRS) in Newmarket in July. It includes a wide range of speakers, field trips, learning opportunities, personal development and networking. All participants stay in accommodation at the BRS for the duration of the two week course. The course shows how the various aspects of the sport work together and gives an insight into many of the organisations and their functions within the industry. Participants then go on to their selected paid placements which are usually eight weeks but in some cases may be longer.

Who is the Programme for?

This is an early careers programme suitable for candidates with Degrees, Higher Apprenticeships or equivalent skills and capabilities, who are looking to develop a career in the horseracing industry. Candidates who are completing a degree or higher apprenticeship should be in their final year or have finished their studying.

How to apply?

Applications are welcomed from all backgrounds and no previous experience in the industry is required.

Culturally, we take pride in the way we work and what we achieve. We are committed to advancing the work of equality, diversity and inclusion and we want to attract the best people from the widest talent pool, as well as those who reflect the diverse nature of our society.

The application process usually opens at the end of November each year. You will have to complete an online application form where you can also upload your CV.  Applications usually close at the end of February.


This Programme offers approximately 16 – 20 placements each year, in a variety of organisations, in locations across the UK and are paid on or above the Living Wage.  Placements differ year on year but usually include organisations such as the Racecourse Association, The Racing Post, Weatherbys, Thoroughbred Breeders Association, Jockey Club Racecourses and Ascot Racecourse.

Take a look at some of the placements that have been available in previous year, see Placements.

Download our Programme FAQs to answer more of your questions on the Development Programme.

View the most recent British Horseracing Development Programme brochure. Click here.

Applications for the 2023 Development Programme are now open and will close on 28th February 2023.  To apply, click here.

View the Privacy Notice for the Development Programme to find out how we will use your data if you apply for the Programme, click here.


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