The British Horse Society (BHS) has launched the 2022 Career Transition Fund at this year’s National Equine Forum today as part of the ‘Workforce sustainability in the equine sector’ session led by BHS CEO, James Hick.
The Society identified, through two surveys to employers and employees in the equine sector that there was a skills gap in the industry. The new BHS 2022 Career Transition Fund is aimed specifically at those who have completed their BHS Stage 1 or Stage 2 and want to progress to the BHS Stage 3 in Complete Horsemanship.
Candidates can apply for the fund through a simple online form and will receive a voucher valued up to £200 for Stage 2 and £250 for Stage 3 and is to be used towards training, provided by BHS Accredited Professional Coaches or at any BHS Approved Centre. Applications open on 7 March to any candidate who has already completed and passed the previous stage assessment and is a current BHS Gold or BHS Pathways member. The Society hope that this will attract hundreds more qualified coaches and grooms into the equestrian industry.
Over 170 equestrian employers took part in the survey and explained that more than 50% of vacancies for coaches and grooms advertised in the past twelve months went unfilled. These job roles and associated skills are critical to running a successful equestrian business.