EU citizens – their status post-Brexit

The Home Office has provided information on how EU citizens and their families living in the UK can secure their long-term status here with the same entitlements to work, study and access public services as now.

EU citizens and family members who, by 31st December 2020, have been continuously resident in the UK for five years will be eligible to apply under the scheme and will be granted “settled status” which will allow them to stay in the UK indefinitely.

EU citizens and family members who arrive by 31st December 2020 but will not yet have been continuously resident here for five years will be granted “pre-settled status” under the Scheme which will enable them to stay in the UK until they have reached the five-year threshold.  At that point they can apply for settled status.

“Continuously resident” in the UK generally means that the person must not have been absent from the UK for more than six months in total in any 12-month period.  There is no restriction on the number of absences permitted, provided that the total period of absence does not exceed six months in any 12-month period.

Close family members (a spouse, civil partner, durable partner, dependant child or grandchild, and dependant parent or grandparent) living overseas will still be able to join an EU citizen resident here after 31st December 2020 where the relationship existed at that date and continues to exist.

Registration will involve an online digital application which will require the applicant:

  • to prove their identity and nationality (which can generally be done through their passport or EU ID card)
  • to provide evidence that they have been continuously resident in the UK for the five years required for settled status. This may involve an automated check through HMRC data or the applicant will be able to upload documents to prove their residency – more details of what documents will be acceptable will be published by the Government later.

The applicant will also need to provide a facial image which will be checked to see that it matches the photograph on the passport or ID card and to declare any serious criminal convictions.

The application process is not open yet but is expected to open later in the year.  The application fee under the Scheme will be £65 for an adult and £32.50 for a child although if an EU citizen already holds permanent residence there will be no fee.

Further information will be provided in due course but trainers may wish to ensure that any of the employees to whom this may apply are aware of the procedures and that if they are wishing to apply for settled status do not absent themselves from the country for more than 6 months in any 12 month period.

Increased weighing out allowance for new jockey’s safety vest

The BHA has announced that, from 1 October 2018, the minimum acceptable standard for a safety vest (body protector) for race riding for jockeys of all disciplines will be increased. As a result, all jockeys will be required to wear the new Level 2 body protectors, rather than the current Level 1 model. (This does not affect the rules for stable staff.)

This change is because the Level 2 vest offers superior protection of up to 50% to the Level 1 vest against direct blows such as kicks. The relevant rule – Schedule (D)2, Equipment PART 1 – has been updated and Rule (B)22 – Weighing out procedure has also been changed to allow an increase of 1lb in the allowance at the scales when weighing out.

Guide to offering work experience

The NTF needs your help to promote work experience for potential employees in racing yards.

Work experience is an excellent way to show that working in a racing yard can be an enjoyable career. Especially for young people, it helps them understand what to expect so they are more likely to stay once they start working.

We know that some trainers have become wary of offering work experience; they are worried about possible health and safety risks or insurance restrictions. To reassure employers and potential employees, the NTF has been working with the BHA to provide some guidance.

The result is this Work Experience Toolkit

We are planning to promote work experience on the new Racing Groom website, which the NTF is launching soon. The website will show all the positive aspects of working in racing yards and will include a Trainer Locator which can be used by anyone looking for work experience. We will be able to show them which trainers offer work experience and whether those trainers have suitable accommodation.

If you would be prepared to offer work experience to students from schools and colleges, please contact Shelley Perham by email at or 07753 982052. She would also need to know if you are primarily a flat, jump or dual purpose yard and what kind of accommodation you can offer – male/female; on the yard or locally; if locally, how far from the yard?

Thank you very much for your assistance.

BHA “Golden ticket” initiative for Racing Staff Week 30th June to 7th July

Racing staff will again have the chance to win an array of prizes thanks to the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) and Careersinracing’s “golden ticket” initiative for Racing Staff Week, returns for 2018.brandandlogotypealternative_rgb

The aim of the initiative is to highlight all the hard work and dedication put in by racing staff and to thank them for their continued hard efforts to support the industry.

There will be 15 golden tickets hidden in envelopes across racecourses and training centres by BHA Raceday Officials or Racing Welfare Officers over the course of Racing Staff Week 2018, which is sponsored by Betfair and runs from 30th June to 7th July.

Stud Staff will also have the opportunity of finding a golden ticket during Tattersalls July Sale from 11th to 13th July.

The tickets can be redeemed for a £100 voucher from a choice of high street retailers including Amazon and iTunes.

13 Golden Tickets were discovered at racecourses and training centres across the course of Racing Staff Week last year, with £1200 in high street vouchers given away as well as an invitation for two to attend the 2018 Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards.

Zoe Elliott, Head of Careers Marketing and Recruitment at the BHA, said:

“The golden ticket initiative was a great success last year and we are delighted to support Racing Welfare with Racing Staff Week which continues to go from strength to strength.

“We will also be providing Careersinracing branded clothing to all riders taking part in the Racing Staff charity races taking place at Doncaster and Newton Abbot.

“Make sure you keep an eye on Careersinracing’s social media feeds next week to be in with a chance of winning and if you do find one mention us on social media and use the hashtags #RacingStaffWeek and #Careersinracing.”

The winners will be required to return the winning golden ticket in a pre-paid envelope to 75 High Holborn, along with a completed claim form to include name, address, employer’s name and which voucher they would like.

1. The tickets will be hidden in areas which only racing staff can access in the following locations on the following days:

30th June         Newmarket Racecourse

1st July             Uttoxeter Racecourse

2nd July            Hamilton Racecourse

3rd July             Brighton Racecourse & Epsom Training Centre

4th July             Worcester Racecourse & Middleham Training Centre

5th July             Yarmouth Racecourse & Malton Training Centre

6th July             Newton Abbot, Doncaster Racecourse & Lambourn Training Centre

7th July             Sandown Racecourse

11th – 13th July Tattersalls

Follow Careers in Racing on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for daily updates.

2. Winning tickets should be sent back to Careers in Racing, British Horseracing Authority, 75 High Holborn, London, WC1V 6LS.

3. Vouchers for either Amazon, Next, Argos, Nandos or iTunes and will be posted via special deliver on receipt of the golden ticket.

4. More information about Careers in Racing can be found here.

5. More information about Racing Staff Week and Racing Welfare can be found here.

Racing Staff Week fulfilling a life’s ambition

Racing Staff Week (sponsored once again by Betfair) runs from Saturday 30th June until Saturday 7th July 2018. The week aims to bring the racing industry together to inform and engage horseracing followers and supporters about the passion and dedication of those who work to make racing happen.

This year will see the fourth renewal of the Betfair Clock Tower Cup, run over seven furlongs at Doncaster Racecourse on Friday 6th July.  As in previous years, the race has attracted a maximum entry of 12 stable staff riders, all of whom have been nominated to ride by their respective trainers.

The Friday of Racing Staff Week provides a double-hit of racing action this year, with the inaugural running of the Racing Staff Week Cup at Newton Abbot, held over one mile and four furlongs and designed to give those from the jump yards of the South West and surrounding areas the opportunity to take part.

Many thanks to all the trainers who have encouraged members of their staff to ride and provided the horses.

“Inspirational” management training to support staff retention

“Inspirational.” “Very good ideas to take back to the yard and help with staff retention.”
“I learned a lot about leadership and management.”
“It has made me look at things from a completely different perspective and question how we do things in our yard.”

These are a few of the feedback comments about the management training modules we put on last year to support trainers with their Lycetts Team Champion Award nominations. The 2019 series begins in July. Trainers looking for support for the award have the opportunity with their senior staff to attend one of the modules created for the NTF by Peter Burnet of The Peplow Group.

With the title ‘Building a Sustainable Business’ the module is designed to help trainers recruit and retain exceptional staff teams. It is about sharing ideas, tips and support to match the team award criteria and make other wider ranging changes.

It will take place at three venues this summer / autumn:

  • The BRS in Newmarket on 20th July 2018
  • Malton on 8th August 2018
  • Cheltenham on 12th September 2018

Tea and Coffee will be available from 09.30. Each day will run from 10.00 to 16.30 with lunch and refreshments provided. Dress is casual / work clothes. The day will consist of a mix of activities, discussion and some new ideas.

Each participant will be encouraged to generate an action plan to help implement any new ideas back in the yard. There is no formal preparation for the day and please come with an open mind!

To book places

In the first year of the award, the Racing Foundation fully funded the management training. This year there is a charge of £100 per place. To book yourself and up to one other staff member onto any of the three days please contact the NTF at or ring 01488 71794.

BHA working with the Government on staffing shortage

We know the serious shortage of skilled staff is probably the number one concern for many trainers. A key factor behind the shortage was the Government’s decision to change the rules for migrant workers in 2011 leading to Work Riders being removed from the Shortage Occupation List. Brexit has the potential to make matters worse if it puts in place more obstacles for EU workers to be employed in British racing stables.

The NTF and BHA are working together to communicate to Government the industry’s requirements from a future immigration system. We have communicated to Government that, while proactive steps are being taken to counter the current shortfall of available staff through domestic recruitment, it is important for British racing to still be able to have appropriate access to the best internationally skilled workers in the short-to-medium term. British racing has made these representations to the Migration Advisory Committee call for evidence on the impact of EEA workers in the UK Labour Market which will inform future Home Office Immigration Policy.

British racing’s submission (developed alongside the NTF and TBA) was published as part of an Interim Report by MAC on 27 March, while the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) also highlighted British racing’s case in their own Departmental submission.

In summary, British racing has called for a post-Brexit immigration system which:

  1. Does not adversely compromise the status of EEA and non-EEA workers already based in the UK, which would exacerbate the current shortfall
  2. Recognises that work riding is a highly skilled profession and allows (as was the case before 2011) racing grooms to be included on the Shortage Occupation List: and
  3. Does not have separate tracks for EEA and non-EEA immigration

The BHA continues to explore opportunities for raising the profile of the industry on these issues, such as through an ongoing House of Lords EU Home Affairs sub-committee inquiry on people movement in the fields of sport and culture, to which it has also provided written evidence.