Grants for staff training from the NTF Charitable Trust

Did you know your staff may be eligible to apply for a grant to develop their skills through the NTF Charitable Trust (NTFCT)? The NTFCT is administered for us by Racing Welfare; the grant scheme is open to all those working in the UK thoroughbred racing industry and can pay up to 75% of course fees towards career and skills development. Applicants will need at least five years’ service to the industry and ideally will need the support of their current or former employer.

Some examples of former grant funding have been for LGV Driver Training, Racing Secretary, Book-Keeping, Equine Osteopathy, Equine Dentistry and Assessor courses. This list is not exhaustive and as long as the course applied for will help their career in racing then an application will be considered. All applications will be subject to a means test to determine financial need.

Your staff can apply online at www.support.racingwelfare.co.uk and clicking on the ‘Getting Support’ drop down menu, followed by the ‘Grant Application’ link. Or you can speak to your local Welfare Officer who will help you fill in the form.

For more information visit Racing’s Support Line or contact any of the regional offices.

NTF supporting HEROS work with retired racehorses and stable staff development

The NTF was pleased to be title sponsor of the HEROS’ Charity Race at Windsor Racecourse on Saturday 27th August 2016. The Windsor Race meeting is a major fundraiser for HEROS 10th anniversary.

HEROS is dedicated to ensuring ex-racehorses have a safe and secure future. Now, with support from the NTF, The Racing Foundation and others, HEROS is extending its work in support of education and training to help tackle the racing industry staffing shortage.

Shelley Perham, NTF recruitment and training co-ordinator said: “We’re delighted to sponsor the HEROS Charity Race.  As well as being a great supporter of HEROS work with retired racehorses we aim to build an education programme with the charity. We’re confident this is the start of extended collaborative efforts with the HEROS team.”

In ten years, over 600 horses have been re-trained and rehomed by HEROS. Income is tight but HEROS has received grants from The Racing Foundation and a contribution to the cost of re-homing some vulnerable ex-racehorses from the Retraining of Racehorses (RoR). Other income is generated from fundraising activities, sponsorship and donations from the public.

HEROS is supported by a Board of Trustees, Patrons, Ambassadors (such as Victoria Pendleton, John Francome and Richard Hughes) and Volunteers, and works in partnership with Racing Welfare and other charitable providers.