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: 19.11.2021

Applications for the British Horseracing Development Programme 2022 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.  The Programme was renamed in 2021 and is now 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 induction 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 2021. There are usually placements in Marketing, Digital, Journalism and Sales, to name a few. The placements for 2022 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 sport of horseracing. 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 2022. Successful applicants will be invited to attend an Assessment Session in April 2022, subject to Government restrictions.  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.

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.

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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