A course for horses changed Reiss’s life
The equine industry is not often thought of a usual career path for inner city residents, but for Reiss Dexter, it was a life-changing move.
Born and bred in Birmingham, Reiss signed up to complete his Level 1 diploma in Work-Based Horse Care with adult training provider RMF Group.
Delivered in partnership with Solihull Riding Club, and backed by West Midlands Combined Authority, the 6-week full-time course is aimed at West Midlands residents struggling with barriers to work. Since launching in January, 25 residents have secured long-term job outcomes through the course with equine employers across the UK.
Previously working in hospitality and care, Reiss believed he had the transferrable skills to excel at the equine course. He impressed RMF’s instructors with his work ethic, commitment to learning and confidence around the stable horses. Within two weeks of his course completion, Reiss successfully interviewed for a position with Ian Williams Racing, an esteemed equestrian stables based in Alvechurch, Worcestershire. Reiss’s career high so far is leading a walk-out at Sandown Racecourse.
Reiss says: “I’m grateful to the RMF team for helping me secure work with Ian Williams Racing. Ever since I started, I’ve been putting the skills to use on the yard.
“I’m grateful to the RMF team for helping me secure work with Ian Williams Racing. Ever since I started, I’ve been putting the skills to use on the yard. "
“I love working in the countryside – there’s always an opportunity in the day to walk the horses to the paddocks and through the fields. We have a swimming pool as part of the training regime for the horses too, which makes a change to your usual workplace!
“I’ve recently become a father, so being able to raise my family in such a lovely and welcoming environment is a huge plus. I referred my brother to the course after completing my training and he is now on his way to entering the industry too – I couldn’t recommend it enough.”