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The Irish Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association Next Generation Internship Scheme, which was started in 2011, will be relaunched this year, the ITBA announced on Friday.

The programme’s aim was to develop skills and knowledge of young enthusiasts in the thoroughbred industry. In 2024, there will be two levels of this scheme: one for individuals aged 18-30, and another for transition year students. ITBA’s Internship will be a year long, fully paid internship offering two successful candidates invaluable experience working in three different industry areas for four months each. In addition, there will be two types of internship–one focusing on office placement and the second a practical placement with hands-on stud farm experience. The placements will begin in August and will be divided into three placements as follows:

Placement 1: August 2024 – December 2024
Placement 2: January 2025 – April 2025
Placement 3: May 2025 – August 2025

The ITBA Junior Internship 2024 will target secondary school students before their transition year and is for ages over 16. A short health and safety and basic handling course will be offered to those individuals. There will also be several opportunities to shadow ITBA’s Next Generation Committee during

sales days, race meetings and other industry events.

ITBA Chairman Cathy Grassick said, “We are delighted to develop ITBA’s Internship for 2024 and think this a fantastic opportunity for anyone who has a passion for the thoroughbred industry. The scheme is a great way to help develop skills and network with industry leaders, as well as encouraging the next generation into the industry. The placements and people you meet offer an invaluable experience in the industry.

“We are looking forward to introducing two different levels of the scheme, as well as developing the Una McElroy Business Internship. This was a project that was very close to Una’s heart and it is very fitting that this Internship will honour her memory.”

Applications for both the 2024 Internship and Junior Internship Schemes will begin on Monday, Apr. 15, with interviews held in May and June. For more information and full details, please visit the ITBA website. Applications must be submitted to prior to the close of business on Friday, May 10.

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