Irish Independent - Farming - - HORSES -

FOR the past eight years, the Ir­ish Thor­ough­bred Breed­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion Next Gen­er­a­tion Ap­pren­tice­ship Scheme has been es­tab­lished as a proven plat­form for young breed­ing and rac­ing en­thu­si­asts to carve out a very suc­cess­ful and chal­leng­ing ca­reer in the Ir­ish blood­stock in­dus­try.

Up to 2018, each year two can­di­dates were se­lected to work in three key ar­eas of the in­dus­try over a 12-month pe­riod.

With staffing cri­sis at an all-time high, the scheme has now un­der­gone an over­haul and the 2019 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 the scheme, Ap­pren­tice­ship Co­or­di­na­tor Is­abelle Car­roll said: “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 on­the-job train­ing, the scheme will pro­vide guid­ance through­out the year to max­imise learn­ing out­comes.”

With the pro­gramme due to com­mence on Jan­uary 21, po­ten­tial ap­pren­tices must reg­is­ter their in­ter­est by De­cem­ber 7. A se­lec­tion process will then fol­low shortly af­ter.

An in­duc­tion course is due to take place in early Jan­uary be­fore the start of the pro­gramme. The ap­pli­ca­tion form is avail­able to down­load on or across their so­cial me­dia plat­forms.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Is­abelle Car­roll on 045 877543 or email

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