Applications for British Horseracing’s Graduate Development Programme closes at the end of this week (Friday 14 February).

The programme, run by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA), has provided valuable training and development to recent graduates interested in the racing industry for more than 20 years.

Around 350 graduates have completed the 10-week programme — which consists of a fortnight’s training course in Newmarket, followed by an eight-week paid industry employment placement.

This year, placements will include roles at the BHA, Horseracing Betting Levy Board, York racecourse, Northern Racing College, Racing Enterprises Ltd, Racecourse Association, Racing Post, Royal Windsor racecourse, Coral, Weatherbys, as well as several Jockey Club Racecourses.

Will Lambe, an ex-graduate and now director of public affairs and policy for BHA said: “The progamme provides an excellent opportunity for graduates looking to pursue a career in racing.

“It offers a unique insight into the numerous and fascinating elements of the sport, and is a respected and important source of new talent for the industry. A passion for the sport is the only requirement, with applicants accepted from a variety of backgrounds.”

There are roughly 300 applications for the 18 placements each year, meaning a rigorous assessment process to select candidates.

To apply and for information, visit www.careersinracing.com