JETS currently advises on average 50 jockeys every year to help them acquire the skills and qualifications required for new career paths and we are now inviting businesses to step forward to offer support to jockeys and former jockeys in their search for new careers.
Friends of JETS will be able to offer jockeys the practical opportunities to apply their skills in the workplace through work experience or placements. For jockeys unsure what to do next and who want to get a better understanding of different career options, Friends of JETS can offer specialist advice and taster days to introduce JETS candidates to different career sectors.
By joining up with businesses who are aware of the potential of jockeys as employees along with the issues they face when retiring from the sport, we are hoping to broaden the network of support available and provide valuable assistance for jockeys taking their next step after race riding.
What would being a FRIEND OF JETS entail? Any or all of the following:
- Provide specific points of contact within organisation who can answer queries/provide advice/offer contacts in their industry
- Offer placements/work experience week for jockeys and former jockeys
- Offer interview practice or other career guidance sessions (first come first served basis)
- Display Friends of JETS logo on website
- Reciprocal PR support
In return we hope that Friends of JETS will be recognised for putting something back into the industry by supporting the key sportsmen at its heart and help them on their career paths after their race riding career is over. Lisa Delany says, “We hope that this new scheme will benefit the businesses we work with as well as our candidates who have gained a lot of skills that are relevant in today’s workplace. Often it is the practical experience and advice that they need and we hope that this new scheme will provide a stronger relationship between our candidates and businesses who can offer a range of career opportunities across different sectors.”
A similar scheme has already been successfully launched in Ireland with the Friends of the Irish Jockeys Trust with businesses such as Paddy Power and Coolmore signed up. JETS already reciprocally promotes JWETS (Jockeys Work Education & Training Scheme) and it is hoped that this new venture by JETS can help grow an even more collaborative approach to career development for jockeys both in the UK and Ireland.
HOW TO BECOME FRIENDS OF JETS OR MAKE CONTACT WITH FRIENDS OF JETS
For further information, please download the Information Pack or jockeys interested in contacting one of our Friends, contact Lisa Delany