British Horseracing Development Programme

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.

Average starting salary

Dependant on placement

Average hours per week


Job availability



No Horseracing Experience Necessary

What you’ll do

Day-to-day tasks

  • During your placement, you might be required to take on a number of tasks
  • Work as part of a team
  • Project management.

Who you’ll work with

  • Other members of your department

Skills & Knowledge

  • Excellent communication skills
  • The ability to juggle tasks
  • A “can do” attitude
  • Previous work experience in any role.

How to get into this role

The application process usually opens at the end of November each year. You will have to complete an online application form where you can also upload your CV. Applications usually close at the end of February.

The programme starts with a 2 week residential induction course in Newmarket followed by a paid placement of at least 8 weeks.

Further information can be found here.

Career Progression

The course shows how the various aspects of the sport work together and gives an insight into many of the organisations and their functions within the industry. Participants then go on to their selected paid placements which are usually eight weeks but in some cases may be longer.

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