A jockey training course that had been cancelled two weeks ago has now been given the go-ahead.
The 2010/2011 trainee jockey course in the Racing Academy and Centre of Education (RACE) will now take place.
Two weeks ago it was announced that FÁS had opted against contributing to the facility’s training programme, which would have resulted in the scheme being scrapped.
Following a meeting between RACE, FÁS horse racing Ireland, and Kildare VEC this week, it has been confirmed that the scheme has been rescued and will continue for another term.
The FETAC-awarded course, which has recently been upgraded to full traineeship status under the FÁS system, “aims to provide young people with the skills, knowledge and attitudes to ride and care for horses so as to gain employment and career opportunities within the thoroughbred industry,” according to the RACE website.
The jockey training course at RACE was established in 1977 and is a 42-week residential programme comprising three terms.
It is sponsored by FÁS and is free of charge to EU citizens.