Racing Looks to Research to Inform Education

Horse Racing Ireland is conducting an online survey to understand the educational and training needs of everyone working in the horse racing and horse breeding sectors.

The results of the survey will be used to provide a range of subsidised education and training services to the entire industry to upskill, re-train, recruit and retain staff.

It is always vital to speak to your own community and determine their needs and what they want from an organisation.

Reaching out beyond the leadership and seeking the views of those who are working at every level is an ambitious project which should yield some interesting and actionable insights.

The survey is now live and will remain so for five weeks. It is being promoted at race meetings, on a number of horse racing industry websites and via social media.

In addition, every trainer and breeder will receive correspondence with the survey details and HRI will also visit trainers’ yards and stud farms.

The survey will take a maximum of five minutes to complete and all the information provided will be anonymous and treated in the strictest confidence.

“This is the first time the industry has conducted a survey of this scale and the results will be hugely beneficial to HRI, to develop a specific education and training plan for everyone working in racing and breeding,” said Grainne Murphy, HRI’s Industry Education and Training Manager.

“We are working closely with our colleagues in the Irish Stablestaff Association, the Irish Racehorse Trainers’ Association, the Jockeys’ Association and the Irish Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association to deliver this survey. It’s a really exciting and significant development for the industry and we would appreciate everyone’s input and support.”

“Ireland is recognised as a world leader in racing and breeding because of the people we have working in the industry,” added Michael Grassick, Irish Racehorse Trainers’ Association CEO.

“HRI’s education and training survey will give us the data to help us attract and retain the best staff and maintain our competitive advantage. I would ask everyone to take the time to complete this important survey.”

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