24 January 2017
With the application window for the British Horseracing Graduate Development Programme open,one of the programme’s most high profile graduates prepares to return to thesport where he started out.
Ed Chamberlin, arguably the programme’s most high-profilegraduate, will be ITV’s lead racing presenter when coverage commences on NewYear’s Day at Cheltenham.
The programme has provided valuable training and developmentto over 400 graduates since its inception 26 years ago, with the 10-weekprogramme helping to launch the careers of Ed Chamberlin and many successful,high profile figures in British racing, including Regional Director of TheJockey Club Racecourses, Amy Starkey and renowned bloodstock agent, MattColeman, a partner in Stroud Coleman Bloodstock.
An invaluable training and development platform forgraduates and employers alike, the programme works as an entry point forgraduates from all backgrounds hoping to start a career in racing, offeringwide-ranging insight and ‘behind the scenes’ access to the workings of many ofthe industry’s different component parts.
Ed Chamberlin completed his placement at Ladbrokes in 1999,before spending 16 years at Sky Sports presenting Super Sunday and Monday Nightfootball. He landed his dream job presenting horseracing with ITV earlier thisyear.
Ed Chamberlin said:
“The British Horseracing Graduate Development Programme gaveme a perfect start to my career. It enabled me to combine my passion forsport and horseracing and this has led to me landing the leading presenter roleon ITV Racing.”
Applications for the 2017 programme are currently open andclose on 28 February, with people in their final year of university, or whohave recently graduated with a degree, encouraged to apply. More information isavailable here.
Following the assessment process, 20 recruits will commencea two-week residential course in Newmarket during July, which includes fieldtrips and seminars held by key figures in racing. The course explains howvarious aspects of the sport work together and gives an insight in to how thedifferent organisations function within the industry. It aids the graduates’professional development, but also provides the opportunity to build valuableprofessional relationships with people from across the sport to develop theirown careers.
Graduates then begin an eight-week paid placement with oneof the wide-ranging sponsors within the industry. In 2017, placementopportunities include roles with the British Horseracing Authority, GreatBritish Racing, The Thoroughbred Breeders Association, Racecourse Association,Racing Post, Racing Welfare and Weatherbys, as well as a variety of posts atJockey Club Racecourses.
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