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NTF calls for improvements in conditions for stable staff

30 June 2016

THE National Trainers Federation (NTF) has urged trainers to use Stable Staff Week to inspire them to improve working conditions for employees in their yards. Stable Staff Week, backed by Racing Welfare and Betfair, has sought to highlight the contribution to the sport made by those who care for its equine participants. 

Racecourses have been among those backing the initiative, with events planned throughout the week and the NTF yesterday called on its members to promote a ‘reward and recognition’ campaign to improve conditions for staff. 

The NTF highlighted the need for trainers to alter the structure of their working day to allow for more time off, as well as providing clearer routes for personal development and qualifications and promoting training courses run by the likes of the BHA, British Racing School and Northern Racing College. 

“As we have been communicating these plans to trainers, we have been really encouraged to hear that many of them are already implementing a more flexible working pattern to allow staff extra free time,” said the NTF’s recruitment and training co-ordinator, Shelley Perham. 
“Racing already offers the best employment package in the horse sector but by implementing a recognition and rewards system, trainers can ensure that racing has an even better story to tell when it comes to recruitment and retention of stable staff.” 

At Andrew Balding’s Park House Stables, one member of staff will receive an extra paid week of holiday as part of a competition run in conjunction with the yard’s staff BBQ on July 9. 

Workers have purchased a £1 raffle ticket, raising £80 for Racing Welfare, with the winner to be selected the weekend after next. 
“We’re very lucky, we have an outstanding group of stable staff at the moment,” said Balding’s wife Anna Lisa. “They deserve the recognition they are getting this week.”

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