Equine Transition #2 - Page 45

april 2019 | staffing crisis

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Industry Actions

The racing and equine industry have a huge advantage over many other industries...people enter this industry with a passion, which ultimately, should aid the industry in retaining staff.

Furthermore, multiple organisations are working to redress this balance and both encourage people into the industry as well as support those already within it, such as, the BHA, NTF, NARS, TBA, Racing Welfare and the new Racing Groom website. Racing Welfare in particular work tirelessly to support those already in the racing industry with careers and progression through their Career and Training Advice Service. We also have dedicated colleges in the British Racing School and Northern Racing College, with a wide range of courses, as well as equine colleges offering equine, racing and breeding courses.

The BHA have kindly contributed to this article with some of their key initiatives to encourage more people into the industry…

• An increased presence at recruitment events and jobs fairs up and down the country to actively promote job roles and vacancies.

• Careers information is circulated to all attendees taking part in the racing industry education programme run by the charity Racing to School (some 13K+ children per year).

• The industry has also directly engaged in initiatives such as National Career Week and National Apprenticeship Week to promote the opportunities to work with horses.

• Tertiary education providers are also targeted to provide job opportunities to those leaving education.

• Over 20+ Further Education colleges and Universities that offer equine courses are visited each year to provide both careers lectures and field trips to students.

• Relationships are in place with many city farms, and community initiatives such as Ebony Horse Club and the British Horse Society Changing Lives Programme.

• Working closely with the Northern Racing College, British Racing School and the National Stud to support them in recruiting students onto their foundation courses.

• Careersinracing also provides a free platform for trainers, studs and other racing employers to advertise their jobs which is well supported. It has been growing year on year and in 2018 we saw an increase in candidates registering as job seekers of nearly 10%.