Thinking long term is crucial for jockeys because average retirement ages are relatively low, injury risks and fall-out rates high. Planning ahead early will mean you are far better qualified and better prepared to make future career changes.
JETS recognises the reality that all Jockeys will have a second career after race-riding and can help secure your future, by helping you:
- plan your lifelong career development via individual Personal Development Plans
- find available training courses and offering grants to help finance them
- with job search, job applications and interview techniques.
Improve your key skills now
Whilst you are still riding, we strongly recommend that you invest in learning key skills such as media and computer skills, which will not only make life easier for you as a jockey; but will also be an investment in your future too. JETS runs regular subsidised group training courses in such skills on a regular basis – all tailormade to Jockeys’ needs and circumstances.
To learn more about how JETS can help you and how other Jockeys have benefitted from planning ahead – Watch our videos here.
How it works
JETS is a scheme that you, as jockeys, contribute to – through deductions (at source) from winning prize money – and is also supported by The Injured Jockeys Fund. It is run in association with the PJA and managed by Lisa Delany (General Manager) from the PJA offices.
If a Jockey falls into one of the following categories, they may well qualify for free assistance and training grants from JETS:
- Currently licensed professional Jockeys (flat, jump, apprentice or conditional)
- Recently retired professional Jockeys
- Beneficiaries of The Injured Jockeys Fund
However, please note that various restrictions may apply. Other candidates, for example, currently licensed Amateur Riders may access JETS services on a fee-paying basis and would be required to meet the full costs of any training undertaken.
For further details: Call Lisa on 01635-230410 or visit www.jets-uk.org. As well as Lisa, Phil Kinsella works for JETS as a Personal Development Manager based in the North. You can contact Phil on 07970 673351. All contact is treated in the strictest confidence.
JOCKEY MATTERS FILMS ON CAREER TRANSITION