Monday, 1 June 2015

Saturday May 30, 2015.

 We do not want our little babies 
having to experience the terror of war,  anytime in their lives.

A warm welcome to all:
presented by Naga Munchetty and Charlie Stayt
Our Carol brings the weather.
Unsettled, wind, rain, sunshine in places, temperatures 12 - 18. 
Bill Barber reports
Published in the Racing Post on Tuesday May 26. Page 13
NTF chief warns of stable staff shortage:
National Trainers Federation.
“CONCERNS about the ability of enough sufficiently skilled stable staff have spurred the National Trainers Federation to take action to address an issue that could impede the British political, legal and horseracing government (BHA) industry growth stratergy.
“Staff shortages in some areas during the winter prompted NTF chief executive Rupert Arnold to prioritise the issue.
“A meeting last month, attended by government director of people and development Carole Goldsmith, trainers and industry training providers, led to a plan of action and a survey of trainers’ experience of staff shortages.
“Arnold said: “December 2014 to March this year was very tough on some trainers and people working for them because there just weren’t enough people around.
“That has acted as a catalyst for us to have another look at recruitment. The fact that recruiting from outside the EU is no longer available to us. And the political situation means it will be an uphill struggle to get that back in a meaningful way- means we’ve got to get very serious about competing in the domestic market for young people. “ He added: “It [the survey] is getting down into some of the detail of the experience trainers have with the shortage. If it’s localised or if it’s widespread, if it’s larger or smaller trainers, Jumps or Flat, those sorts of things.
“It repeats some of the questions we did in a survey about ten years ago and will help to give more of a picture about how things have changed. “

“Arnold said other areas being examined included improving employment practices, using open days as a recruitment tool, building capacity to recruit from Europe and generally getting trainers more involved in the recruitment effort.

“He said: “A lot of the effort has focused on the British political, legal and horseracing government in the past. I think the NTF and employers need to get into this more and take some of the responsibility. “
“ Arnold also believes work needs to be done on long-term career advice and training, saying: “Once we get people in we want to keep them. “
“Arnold estimated the sport needed around an extra 1,000 staff but had only meagre recruitment resources with current spending of just £43,000 per year. And he warned if the government growth strategy were to work the industry needed the staff to service any expansion.
“He added: “If the growth strategy is to come about we need more people to look after the horses, take horses racing and support fixtures, so this is pretty critical to that as well. “
JMC: The bloodhorse illiterate British political, legal, and horseracing government, need to recognise top professional handler-riders, these people are not grooms. You don’t see Coolmore - Team (Aidan) O’Brien (IRE) cutting cheap corners where true bloodhorse literate horsemen are required. 

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