ITBA launch its Next Generation Apprenticeship Scheme “Supporting Employment Programme” to attract young workers to the Irish Thoroughbred Industry and provide wonderful opportunities for career development in a rewarding industry.
Applicants must have a genuine interest in rural activity and in particular working with horses. If found suitable they will be required to undergo a period of induction in early January 2019 before being placed on a stud farm from 21st January for the remainder of the year. The programme will offer up to 10 individuals the opportunity of one year’s paid employment on a stud farm.
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.
Commenting on today’s launch apprenticeship coordinator Isabelle Carroll says, “Over the last number of months we have been approached by our members highlighting the difficulty with 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”.
With the programme due to commence on the 21st January 2019 potential apprentices must register their interest by 7th December 2018. A selection process will then follow shortly after. An induction course is due to take place in early January 2019 before the start of the programme.
The application form is available below to download. Completed application form must be returned by email firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to ITBA HQ, Greenhills, Kill, Co. Kildare.