Working in the racing industry offers a wealth of career options and, that doesn’t always mean a hands on role in a yard. RaceTech are racing’s specialist technical facilities provider; they have maintained British racing at the forefront of global broadcast technology for more than 70 years. Having recently secured contracts to work across all of Britain’s 60 racecourses, the company is now busy taking on new recruits and providing trainee schemes for those looking to develop a career in the sector.
In part one of our RaceTech focus we are looking at the trainee schemes they offer. In part two we will take a closer look at two of their recent recruits, Stuart and Ed looking at how they made their way into the industry and how they are progressing in their new roles at RaceTech.
AS RACETECH HAVE GROWN SO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITIES TO WORK IN THE INDUSTRY. . .
As RaceTech have expanded, so have the opportunities for its staff to play a part in some of the highlights of the racing calendar. Their coverage includes some of racing’s most high profile meetings, including The Investec Derby at Epsom and the Randox Health Grand National at Aintree.
In 2018 RaceTech was successful in securing new contracts with Racing TV, The Racing Partnership – formed of the Arena Racing Group and aligned courses – Sky Sports Racing, Ascot, Chester, Bangor and Chelmsford. This rapid expansion meant RaceTech increased its staff numbers by 30% and this included the creation of 20 new positions, mainly in the outside broadcast sector ranging from trainee positions to management roles.
“We are delighted to be able to create these new roles and in particular to be able to provide career opportunities for young people to join the racing industry. RaceTech’s daily operations cover a wide range of broadcast and technical solutions at locations right across the United Kingdom, and in a variety of environments. Our dedicated teams throughout the UK have the additional satisfaction of knowing that they are helping to keep British racing at the forefront of technological development.” RaceTech CEO John Bozza
- In this role HGV driving experience is highly valued as the candidate has responsibility for the safe driving of the RaceTech outside broadcast vehicles and is instrumental in rigging at larger events.
- At base, this position will coach other staff in the skills necessary to drive HGV vehicles and support the transport and workshop teams in the maintenance of the HGV fleet.
- The role also includes a variety of general OB tasks, to ensure the smooth operation and delivery of all technical services to our racecourses and broadcast partners.
- This is a role that offers lots of opportunities for training and progression, with the individual receiving training to operate race coverage cameras.
- Full training is provided on the fundamentals of outside broadcasting, and the safe rigging, operation and de-rigging of race cameras along with hoist vehicles and other OB equipment.
- Trainees with the right approach can also benefit from learning other skills, photo finish, public address, graphics and presentation cameras being a few examples.
We are delighted to be able to create these new roles and in particular to be able to provide career opportunities for young people to join the racing industry. RaceTech CEO John Bozza
- Trainee OB engineers are required to fulfil a wide range of engineering tasks covering video and audio signal quality, camera racking, communications, links, rigging, testing, establishing external feeds, troubleshooting and assisting other members of the crew in a live sports OB environment.
- At base, Trainee OB engineers participate in maintenance duties, ensuring all equipment is in good working order, as well as in the planning and preparation of larger fixtures.
- The role includes a variety of general OB tasks, to ensure the smooth operation and delivery of all technical services to our racecourses and broadcast partners.
- Trainee engineers also undergo HGV driver training.
- This is a role that can develop quite rapidly and after gaining suitable skills and experience, Trainee OB engineers can progress to OB engineer status where you are responsible for running all the behind-the-scenes technical aspects of broadcasting a race meeting.