National Association of Racing Staff (NARS)

Mentoring, Leadership and Team Skills at NARS

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Dominique Tortice is the Union Learn Project Assistant at the National Association of Racing Staff (NARS) and assists with providing free training courses to help racing staff improve their qualifications and training. In this blog Dominique talks about how the union is supporting staff build their skills.

New Racing Centre learning facility unveiled

Students embarking on a new course offered by the National Association of Racing Staff (NARS) were given a preview of their new learning facility at the Racing Centre in Newmarket on Friday evening 7th September when it was formally opened by the Rt. Hon. Matt Hancock Secretary of State for Health and Social Care and Member of Parliament for West...

NASS Union Learning Fund Manager in line for community award

Kevin Parsons , ULF Project Manager with the National Association of Stable Staff (NASS) is in the running for a top racing industry award after being announced as a finalist for the 2017 Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards this month. Kevin has been shortlisted for the ‘Rory MacDonald Community Award’, which was launched last year. This award,...

Tom Wilson reflects on his time as director of unionlearn

Tom Wilson helps bid farewell to his unionlearn predecessor Liz Smith (centre), flanked by Frances O'Grady (far left) and Mary Bousted © Jess Hurd
Do you remember the Reliant Robin? It was three-wheeled car, legendary for falling over as it cornered. My first union learning job was teaching psychology to a group of reps and their partners in a room above a pub opposite the Reliant factory gates. "Teaching" is a loose description; I kept one...

NASS course meant not leaving racing industry I love

The racing industry ©Private
I have worked in racing since leaving school at 17. I always wanted a job with horses since riding ponies as a child, but I had never considered racing until I saw an advertisement for The British Racing School. I enrolled on their nine-week course, brought myself a one-way train ticket down from my...