To coincide with the start of National Careers Week, Racing Welfare has launched a new dedicated website for its Careers Advice & Training Service (CATS) at an event held today at Chepstow racecourse.
CATS is operated by Racing Welfare and funded by The Racing Foundation and is available to assist anyone working in the British racing industry.
The service is able to provide support in the four main areas that are regularly encountered by individuals when it comes to their career: professional development, returning to work, job seeking and changing career within the industry.
The new website is home to a comprehensive range of online self-help advice; from practical advice on writing a CV and managing your online profile to a live training directory where you can find all the most up to date information on training available within the industry, in addition to outside courses which may be useful to people working in racing.
The new website also provides a link to all the latest job vacancies in the industry as well as information on the wealth of industry scholarships and bursaries that are available.
Kay Boyden, Racing Welfare’s Programme Manager, expressed the importance of the service, saying “CATS forms an integral part of our workforce wellbeing programme. Working in partnership with The Racing Foundation, it is a key part of our work to build a world-leading wellbeing provision for people employed within the British racing industry. We are really excited about having the new website up and running and the potential that it has to enhance the delivery of CATS.”
With the racing industry struggling to recruit and retain staff, the new CATS website also features an invaluable employer’s section. Amongst the information detailed on the site is the funding available to help employers to develop themselves as well as their staff. Last year the amount paid out in training grants across the industry reached £25k.
Chief Executive of The Racing Foundation, Rob Hezel, commented: “At a time when we are struggling to recruit and retain staff, the wellbeing programme, which includes CATS, delivered by Racing Welfare is of critical importance. The Foundation are delighted to fund the programme and hope it not only benefits the individuals who engage with it but it is a catalyst for the industry to realise the importance of employee wellbeing and to unite to deliver the strategic change that is required to ensure we have the staff required to deliver our sport going forward.”
In addition to the website, which features a live chat function, CATS can also be accessed via Racing’s Support Line, with a text option also available.
To access everything CATS has to offer go to:
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