Graduate Development Programme

The British Horseracing Graduate Development Programme is well known and highly regarded throughout the British Horseracing industry

The British Horseracing Graduate Development Programme, which has been running for 30 years, provides an invaluable source of talent to the sport and its supporting industry.

Over 450 graduates 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. As a result of the programme’s success in providing a wealth of passionate and talented graduates the British Horseracing Graduate Development Programme is well known and highly regarded throughout the British Horseracing industry.

The Programme

The programme starts with a comprehensive two- week residential course held at The British Racing School (BRS) in Newmarket in July, which includes a wide range of speakers, field trips, personal development and networking opportunities. All graduates stay in accommodation at the BRS for the duration of the two week course. The two- week 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. Graduates then go on to their selected paid placements which are usually eight weeks but in some cases may be longer.

The programme is intended for degree students in their final year of university or those who have recently graduated. Applications are welcomed from all backgrounds and no previous experience in the industry is required.




The graduate programme offers approximately 20 placements each year, in a variety of organisations, in locations across the UK. For the majority of placements, degree subject isn’t important. On completing the programme, graduates will have a raft of opportunities in the fascinating, complex and rewarding world of horseracing. Placements differ year on year but usually include organisations such as Racecourse Association, The Racing Post, Weatherbys, Timeform, Jockey Club Racecourses and Ascot Racecourse.

Take a look at some of the placements on offer , see Placements for 2019.

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

View the most recent British Horseracing Graduate Development Programme 2019 brochure. Click here.

Applications for the 2021 Graduate Programme will be invited shortly.

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, please note that we may have to run a Virtual Graduate Programme in 2021, similar to what was run in 2020. To see how this looked, please view the digital brochure below:

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


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