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RaceTech In Focus - Part Two

In part two of our focus on RaceTech we take a look at two of their recent recruits, Stuart and Ed, who are both enjoying new careers in the industry they love. They are benefiting from the traineeships offered by RaceTech and have their sights set on getting involved with some of racing’s biggest days.

Stuart Alexander

Stuart joined RaceTech last February as Trainee Camera Operator/HGV based out of their Raynes Park headquarters. He previously worked as a lorry driver at Gatwick Airport but absolutely loves his racing and is thoroughly enjoying his role covering race cameras and doing lots of driving.

What is your Job role?

Camera Operator/HGV Driver.  This entails me driving one the HGV vehicles to the racecourse and the film a day’s racing.  Other duties on the day can include helping out the photo finish operator with the line-up.

How long have you worked for RaceTech?

I have been doing this job for one year.

What were you doing before you joined RaceTech?

HGV driver for DHL at Gatwick Airport.

How did you become interested in racing?

I first went racing when I was 3 years old and this was to Plumpton. My grandad really got me into it.  Having once owed horses himself he had a huge interest in the sport which he certainly passed onto me from a young age.  I have always enjoyed being at a racecourse, the atmosphere is incredible. From a Monday afternoon at Plumpton to the Epsom Derby or Grand National, I enjoy everything about it.

What makes your job special?

I’d say the reason my job is special to me is because I have been visiting racecourses and watching racing on television since as far back as I can remember.  I can remember running home from school at 14 years old to watch the Cheltenham Festival, listening to Simon Holt commentating on Best Mate winning his 3rd Gold Cup. To now be working alongside him, and other commentators I’ve once listened to is amazing.  To also get the chance to visit racecourses that I’ve never been to before is brilliant and to film jockeys that I’ve grown up watching since I was a child.

What are your career aspirations?

I’d like to see myself directing one day.  The thought of one day hopefully being able to direct and produce something like the Cheltenham festival really excites me.

What difference has the job made to your life?

For me the difference it has made is that I don’t feel like I’m getting up to go to work, I’m just going racing which I love.  So to have a job like that is amazing for me.  It has also given me the chance to do some long-distance HGV driving which is something I really enjoy and didn’t get the chance to do at my previous job.

I can remember running home from school at 14 years old to watch the Cheltenham Festival, listening to Simon Holt commentating on Best Mate winning his 3rd Gold Cup. To now be working alongside him, and other commentators I've once listened to, is amazing. 

Ed Pitts

Ed joined RaceTech in November 2018 as a Trainee Outside Broadcast Engineer based out of York Racecourse.  He previously worked in IT at York City Council, so this is a very different career for him. Ed has immersed himself in his new career and is thoroughly enjoying it.

What is your Job role?

My job title is Trainee OB Engineer.  Each day we go to a different track and as part of a team of engineers we have to ensure that pictures are broadcast to our customer on the day, the course is getting their racecourse production and the stewards have all angles of the races for integrity purposes.

How long have you worked for RaceTech?

I started in November 2018, so just over a year.

What were you doing before you joined RaceTech?

Before working at RaceTech I worked in IT for City of York Council where I spent a lot of time looking at excel spreadsheets!

How did you become interested in racing?

I first got into racing by being allowed a 50p each-way bet on the Grand National as a young lad.  Papillon in 2000 gave me a short lived 100% betting success rate!

What makes your job special?

I feel really lucky getting to be at the races for a day at work. The hours are long but I am paid to watch horse racing essentially, although I am having to make the broadcast as high quality as possible rather than enjoy the race like a regular racegoer.

What are your career aspirations?

As I am in the early stages of this career I haven’t thought too far ahead, I still have plenty to learn but I guess I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t thought about working on some international racing events, ideally I’d love to work at the Arc weekend at Longchamps.

What difference has the job made to your life?

I am still getting used to the change from a traditional 9-5 job.  We clock up plenty of miles and long days but it’s the same with everyone involved in racing so I knew what I was signing up for when I accepted the role.

Outside Broadcast Engineer
LEARN MORE ABOUT TRAINEE OPPORTUNITIES WITH RACETECH 

RaceTech are looking to help develop the careers of those who have a passion for racing and the traineeships provide a great opportunity for a change of career for those already involved in the industry as well as route in from the outside. To learn more go to: https://www.racetech.co.uk/work-with-us

 

Racing Welfare went behind the scenes with RaceTech to see the preparation that took place before the 2020 Investec Derby, watch the clips here:

https://www.youtube.com/embed/uxNqIfVsEuo?start=7s
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