British Horseracing Development Programme

British Horseracing Development Programme

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Category: Administration, Administration - Racecourse, Administrative/Clerical, Breeding, Digital Media/Marketing, Featured Job Posting, Journalism, Marketing, Marketing - Racecourse, Racecourse, Raceday Operations, Sales - Racecourse, Social Media, Welfare Posted: 15.01.2021

Applications for the British Horseracing Development Programme 2021 are now invited.

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 for 30 years, provides an invaluable source of talent to the sport and its supporting industry.  For this 31st running, we are delighted to announce that the Programme will be renamed the British Horseracing Development Programme and will be an early careers programme suitable for candidates with Degrees, Higher Apprenticeships or equivalent skills and capabilities.


Horseracing is the second largest spectator sport in Great Britain with 59 racecourses around the country hosting 1,500 race meetings each year and nearly 6 million people go racing each year. It is no surprise that Horseracing is the largest sporting employer, supporting 85,000 jobs.

The Programme

This unique Programme starts at the end of June with a FREE 2 week residential course in Newmarket, a market town in the county of Suffolk, often referred to as the Home of British Horseracing. The course is packed with lectures, tours and visits. Following this course, is a paid (on or above the Living Wage) industry placement starting immediately and lasting for at least 8 weeks where you can apply the knowledge learnt from the 2 week course to excel in your selected placement.

Take a look at the placements that were on offer in 2019 (a Virtual Programme was run in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic). There are usually placements in Marketing, Digital, Journalism and Sales, to name a few. The placements for 2021 will be confirmed in the New Year and are subject to change. At this stage, you will be asked to submit your preferred area of interest and your career aspirations.

Is it for me?

A passion for Sport or Horseracing is desirable although experience is not essential. If a career in an exciting and high-profile sport sounds appealing, then this Programme may be of interest to you.

Who can apply?

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.

The Application Process

All applicants will be contacted after the closing date which is 28th February 2021. Successful applicants will be invited to attend an Assessment Day in April 2021, subject to Government restrictions and the Tier system.  This will involve a one to one interview and some interactive group and individual tasks, all carried out in a welcoming and supportive environment.  Please note this may have to take place on Zoom and changed at short notice due to the coronavirus pandemic.

We seek to attract the best people from the widest talent pool, as well as those who reflect the diverse nature of our society. We encourage a culture where people feel they can bring their whole selves to work and be valued for their strengths and contributions. Creating value through diversity is what makes us strong as a sport and we therefore welcome applications from women and BAME candidates, as well as candidates with disabilities/special requirements, because we acknowledge these individuals are underrepresented in our workforce.

To apply, you will need to complete the on-line Application Form.

Please note that only applications received via the on-line application form will be accepted.


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