TRF Banner

Latest News

See the latest news stories from the Racing Foundation,

 including application information and updates on projects we are funding. 


To keep up-to-date with our latest news please sign up to receive our e-newsletter

 and follow us on Twitter @RacingGrants.

Calling all Trainers and Stable Staff to support the evaluation of recruitment initiatives Image

Calling all Trainers and Stable Staff to support the evaluation of recruitment initiatives

Monday, 29 October 2018

  • Survey will provide robust data against which to measure progress of initiatives
  • This follows the first survey conducted in 2016
  • The survey is being funded by the Racing Foundation and is part of its £1 million grant which is being invested in staff recruitment and retention
  • Trainers and stable staff will be contacted directly to be asked to participate

The Racing industry is appealing to trainers and stable staff to participate in a short survey focusing on recruitment, skills, career progression and retention of those working in racing. Their input will play a crucial part in helping shape and measure the progress of major initiatives to support the recruitment of staff into the industry, development of racing’s workforce and encouraging greater retention of staff.

The survey is being funded by the Racing Foundation and is being delivered in partnership with the British Horseracing Authority (BHA), National Trainers Federation (NTF), National Association of Racing Staff (NARS) and racing charities.

The survey is part of a wider initiative funded by the Racing Foundation, which is providing a £1 million + investment over three years into staff recruitment, skills and retention. This includes an industry-wide Careers Advice and Training Service, an Occupational Health Service for racing’s staff, a Personal Development Programme for Jockeys and a range of regional training activities for stud and stable staff. These activities are now being developed further by the racing industry under its Recruitment, Training and Retention programme, which is funded by the HBLB/Racing Authority, the Racing Foundation and other racing charities.

The survey was first conducted in 2016 to establish a baseline of facts about recruitment, skills and retention in racing. This new survey will help measure progress over the last 3 years and inform future activity in this area.

To assist, the industry is appealing to trainers and stable staff to participate in a survey that started in the last week of October and will run throughout November. The survey will take about 10-15 minutes and will be conducted over the phone and on-line with trainers, and by post and on-line with stable staff.

Trainers and stable staff will be contacted by Public Perspectives, an independent research organisation commissioned by the Racing Foundation, over the next few weeks. Last time we achieved a very high response (457 Trainers and 936 Stable Staff), and their input has played a crucial part in developing a number of support services and activities. It is very much hoped there will be a good response rate to this follow-up survey to help us monitor progress, assess impact and shape future development. It will show how industry stakeholders are working together to pro-actively address recruitment, skills and retention issues.


To see the full report from the Racing Industry Recruitment, Skills and Retention Research in 2016, please click here>

To see a summary of the findings from the 2016 survey, please click here>

Footer Banner