At equuip we are here to help employers through the provision of education and training interventions for both them, and their employees. On the page below you will find details of some of the initiatives we have in place which may be of interest to you.
If you have any queries, suggestions, or comments please contact us directly by email at [email protected]
We offer FREE job advertising for all employers in the Irish racing and breeding industry, if you have a vacancy please advertise it with us so that we can promote it for you. We have a wide variety of fans and followers on social media and will promote your vacancies across all our social media channels. Please visit the Job Board section of the site for details on how to post vacancies.
We offer subsidised training where required for employees within the industry, in recent years we have offered Emergency First Aid, Occupational Health and Safety, Business Development training, and HGV driving training. We are always open to suggestions on training interventions which you feel would be useful for employees within the industry. We work closely with the Irish Racehorse Trainers Association (IRTA), the Irish Stable Staff Association (ISSA), the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board (IHRB) and the Irish Thoroughbred Breeders Association (ITBA) to better understand the needs of employers and employees within the industry. Get in touch in us at [email protected] if you have have any suggestions or comments.
Open to everyone working in the Irish Racing & Breeding Industry
Equuip has established an education and training grant programme which is available to all who work in the Irish racing industry, whether you work in a racing yard, a stud farm, or at a racecourse or sales house you are eligible for the grant programme. The programme is also open to all Jockeys, both professional and amateur.
The programme will make a contribution towards the cost of any accredited course or training programme and forms part of the equuip commitment to providing access to education and training opportunities for employees in the racing and breeding industry.
If you have an employee who is interested in upskilling, or indeed if you yourself are interested, then the grant programme is well worth checking out. Full details about the programme and the qualifying criteria can be found by clicking below.
24 Hour Helpline
As an employer within the horse racing industry you might, on occasion, have an employee who is going through tough times, this can be a difficult situation to face as you will want to help your employee but you may feel that you lack the necessary skills.
HRI and equuip recognise this and we offer an Industry Assistance Program (IAP) which offers free, confidential, independent support. The IAP is staffed by a team of highly trained and qualified professionals who are experts in fields such as well-being, family matters, relationships, workplace issues, consumer rights, and much more.
You can be confident that the information you receive is accurate, up-to-date, and relevant to your particular circumstances. Please visit our dedicated Industry Assistance Programme web-page for full details on the range of contact methods.
Employees are an invaluable asset for all enterprises but especially in the horse breeding and racing sectors where working with these special animals requires special people.
The practice of managing employees demands many skills from the manager or owner in order that the enterprise can be successful and be sustained. Managers needs to demonstrate leadership in order to develop the trust that is necessary for employees to perform their tasks as instructed, often without immediate supervision. To help you navigate these important relationships a working group of industry bodies, including the IRTA, the ISSA, and the ITBA came together with the Workplace Relations Commission to provide a comprehensive employment guide for the industry.
You can download a copy of the guide using the button.
The guide has been broken down into the order of subject areas listed below:
Insurance implications; Health and safety legislation in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland; Specific responsibilities of industry staff members and general responsibilities of all employees; Safety statements and the principles of risk management; Policies and SOPs, with examples and samples of such documents; Induction and training programmes, including health safety and well-being programmes and employee welfare; Emergency planning and procedures; Pandemic response planning; Accident reporting and general record keeping.
Further downloadable documents will be available soon. Limited amount of printed documents that can be posted out to interested parties. Contact [email protected] or call 0864425226.
Racing Academy & Centre of Education
We work closely with the Racing Academy & Centre of Education (RACE) to offer industry focused training, we have a selection of training options for those working in racing yards, primarily for stable staff but also for amateur jockeys and conditional jockeys, across a range of areas and for a variety of levels of experience. Below are details of some of the programmes we fund: