The Scottish Racing Academy aims to provide learner-based training for anyone who would like to learn the skills required to gain employment in one of many roles in racing, as well for anyone who already works in the horseracing industry and wishes to upskill their knowledge.
The new qualifications, as listed on the courses page, have all been written to provide choice to learners whilst nurturing talent.
This innovative approach has been built on an evidenced need to address the well-documented challenges in recruiting and retaining high quality, skilled racing staff that currently affects the industry across Britain, including Scotland.
The development of the Scottish Racing Academy is thanks to the Racing Foundation who are committed to invest in the industry’s people agenda to attract, develop and retain more staff.
Ultimately, the Scottish Racing Academy represents a collaboration between Scottish Racing, Scottish and British Horseracing industry partners and Scottish education partners such as Scotland’s Rural College and Borders College. The approach seeks to build on existing good practice and assets. It does not intend to replicate existing provision, but instead to complement, utilise and improve upon it.
The Scottish Racing Academy aims to implement inclusive, sustainable education and training programs that can provide opportunities within horseracing by identifying gaps in provision, promoting mutual support and up-skilling current stable staff.
The ultimate aim is to encourage more staff into the industry and develop the existing staff.
The long-term vision is to create a sustainable, world class education and training offer, which will improve recruitment, skills and retention of racing staff in Scotland, and consequently help racing in Scotland to flourish and grow. This will also be of benefit to staff across Britain who will have the opportunity to access education and training in Scotland. It will also benefit the industry more broadly, with Scotland playing its part in attracting, developing and retaining racing staff.
The Scottish Racing Academy sees itself as:
Scottish Racing Academy Manager
The Objectives as set out in Scottish Racing Academy’s governing document are;
To help develop the skills, knowledge and confidence of racing’s workforce and potential workforce;
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