Following the success of last year’s pilot TBA Entry to Stud Employment course (E2SE), applications are now being accepted for the 2018 programme.
The course, which is run by the National Stud with funding from the TBA and the Racing Foundation, aims to provide a route for adults who lack the practical experience but are committed to a career in the Thoroughbred breeding industry.
Entry to Stud Employment Programme is open to anyone aged 18 or above. There are no entry criteria other than a physical aptitude for the job and a drive to learn and work in the industry. Prior experience with horses is not required, with last year’s candidates coming from a variety of backgrounds including legal, catering, armed forces and engineering.
The course is run in two parts; an initial 9-week residential programme at The National Stud, which provides trainees with basic stud work skills, transferable skills and accredited qualifications. During this time trainees will gain vital horse handling and stud farm experience, which cumulates in assisting at the December Mare and Foal Sales. The 9-week residential course, is fully funded by the TBA and trainees will be housed and fully catered at the National Stud.
Following their time at the National Stud, providing that trainees have achieved a required standard, they will then be introduced to a suitable stud farm for a placement interview. The placement duration is negotiable but will be a minimum of 6 months in order for the trainee to achieve the Level 2 Work-Based Diploma in Racehorse Care qualification. This placement period will be paid and accommodation will usually be provided, the rate of pay is variable but will reflect their age and experience. Throughout the training, E2SE trainees will be supported and guided, and once their placement has commenced they will be visited and assessed by National Stud training staff on a regular basis.
To apply for the course, simply download and fill in the application form. The 2018 programme will commence in mid-October and interviews will be held late spring and throughout the summer.
For further information on the scheme, please contact Tabbi Smith, Training Director at the National Stud on 01638 675928/email firstname.lastname@example.org