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British Horseracing Development Programme

Development Programme
On or above the National Living Wage/London Living Wage
Closing date
28 Feb 2023

Applications for the British Horseracing Development Programme 2023 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.  It provides participants with valuable employability skills and experience whether they chose to stay in the racing industry or pursue a career elsewhere.  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 around 6 million people go racing each year. It is no surprise that Horseracing is the largest sporting employer, supporting over 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 National Living Wage or London Living Wage if the placement is based in London) industry placement starting immediately and lasting for at least 8 weeks (some are longer depending on the business need) 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 2022. There are usually placements in Marketing, Digital, Journalism and Sales, to name a few. The placements for 2023 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 2023. Successful applicants will be invited to attend an Assessment Session in April 2023.  This will involve a one to one interview and some 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. Please get in touch with the team on if you require an alternative format of the application form or reasonable adjustments made to this process.

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.

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

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