Welcome to the new-look cats
The new CATS website is here.
Designed to underpin the delivery of the Careers Advice and Training Service (CATS), the site offers a dedicated, all-encompassing resource to facilitate professional development and aid progression within the British racing and breeding industry. Operated by Racing Welfare and funded by The Racing Foundation, CATS is part of Racing Welfare’s workforce wellbeing programme, which sets out an overarching agenda to enhance the wellbeing of people living and working in the industry.
CATS is able to provide support in four main areas that are regularly encountered by individuals when it comes to their career: professional development, returning to work, job seeking and changing career within the industry. From providing access to professional development plans, to sourcing and funding training opportunities, CATS is able to assist anyone working in the racing industry.
The website itself houses a range of online self-help advice containing practical, useful information on subjects such as writing a CV, constructing cover letters and managing your online profile. Featuring a live training directory, the site also offers the most up to date information on training available within the industry, in addition to courses outside of this which may be useful to people working in racing. This is coupled with a job board, powered by a feed direct from Careers in Racing, ensuring that users are exposed to the most up-to-date job opportunities available at all times.
CATS recognises the challenges faced by managers, and by small business owners in particular, in providing development opportunities for their employees, and as such the website features an employers’ section within its construct too. The service’s capacity to fund training is a huge advantage to employers and the uptake of this has grown steadily year on year since the inception of CATS in 2016. This growth resulted in £25k being paid out in grants to fund training last year.
Kay Boyden, Racing Welfare’s Programme Manager, expressed the importance of the service, saying: “CATS forms an integral part of our workforce wellbeing programme. Working in partnership with The Racing Foundation, it is a key part of our work to build a world-leading wellbeing provision for people employed within the British racing industry. It is important to note that CATS does not stand alone, but dovetails into our other projects such as Racing’s Occupational Health Service. This means that in addition to offering training advice and development opportunities to those currently working, we are also able to facilitate the same opportunities for people off work with injury or illness.
“We are really excited about having the new website up and running and the potential that it has to enhance the delivery of CATS. Our approach remains focused on providing proactive, positive services and CATS is exactly that, harbouring the resources to enhance the career of anyone working in racing and breeding.”
In addition to the website, which features an integrate live chat function, CATS is delivered via a 24hr advice line with a text option also available. The access routes for CATS are:
24hr advice line 0800 6300 443
Text 07860 079 043