THE Irish Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association has launched its new-look Next Generation Apprenticeship Scheme.

Now described as a “supporting employment programme” the scheme has been radically altered with the aim of attracting young people to work in the Irish thoroughbred industry by providing outstanding opportunities for career development. To-date, the support from industry stakeholders has been very encouraging, says the ITBA.

Applicants must have a genuine interest in rural employment and, in particular, working with horses. Up to 10 successful applicants will be selected to undergo a period of induction in early January before being placed in paid employment on a stud farm from January 21st until the end of 2019.

Throughout the placement apprentices will learn the basic skills required to work on a stud farm. This will involve both personal and professional mentoring from both employer and the ITBA. Included in the apprenticeship will be training days and seminars to assist with career development.

Apprenticeship co-ordinator Isabelle Carroll said: “Over the last number of months we have heard from our members about the difficulty in recruiting entry-level staff. We are very excited about the scheme, which is an invaluable opportunity for those interested in pursuing a career in the thoroughbred breeding industry. Together with mentoring students and on the job training, the scheme will provide guidance throughout the year to maximise learning outcomes.”

Applicants must register their interest by December 7th. The application form is available on the ITBA Next Generation website or on the organisation’s social media platforms.



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