WMCA launches equine management course to help Solihull residents into work - The Solihull Observer

WMCA launches equine management course to help Solihull residents into work

Solihull Editorial 6th Feb, 2023   0

RESIDENTS from across the region are to be supported into work through a new one-of-a-kind training course in equine management backed by the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA).

The innovative training course, which is being delivered in Solihull and Wolverhampton, will help address significant labour shortages within the equine industry.

It will provide extensive equestrian knowledge and practical skills, including horse management and handling, equine health, and stable design.

The course will be open to a wide range of people and provide specialist support to help ex-offenders, veterans, the homeless and residents who are long-term unemployed develop the skills they need to find work in the industry.

It has been co-designed by renowned horse trainer Milton Harris Racing alongside a consortium of employers and RMF training, who specialises in delivering employment-led programmes that target those who need to overcome barriers into work. It has also been backed by the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) and HM Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS).

WMCA will invest £500,000 of its devolved Adult Education Budget to develop and run the pilot – the first training course of its type in the West Midlands.

Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands and chair of the WMCA, was at Solihull Racing Club last week for the official launch and met with eleven trainees on the programme as well as trainers and representatives from RMF.

The Mayor said: “For those who may have faced personal challenges or fallen on hard times, I hope the therapeutic nature of this programme and the significant employment prospects on offer in this sector gives participants a fair shot at finding a rewarding career.

“I want to thank Milton Harris Racing for sharing their sector expertise with us in designing this course and I hope this pilot will be a starting point for much more exciting collaboration in the months and years ahead.”

Visit https://www.wmca.org.uk/what-we-do/productivity-and-skills/ for more information.


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