Did you know that young people can study for an Apprenticeship in the Horseracing industry? So with young people having to stay in education until they are 18, attending one of our Training Providers and taking a vocational route can be a good choice, especially if they’d like to combine their passion with a rewarding career.
About the horseracing industry
Racing and Thoroughbred breeding offers a wide variety of exciting and challenging roles and training opportunities. Your child could be involved with breeding or racing some of the best horses in the country or pursue a career in another part of this diverse industry. From Racing Grooms and Digital Editors to Stud Hands and Catering Staff, there is something for everyone in this historic sport.
British Racing is a major industry; worth over £3.45 billion annually to the national economy, it is the second largest spectator sport and is responsible for 85,000 direct and indirect full-time jobs, making it the largest sporting employer.
How to get started
Careers in Racing helps people find a really rewarding job roles in an industry that they are passionate about. There are dedicated Training Providers and courses available from Apprenticeships to an MBA, riding and non-riding.
The British Racing School
The British Racing School, based in Suffolk, delivers a residential Foundation Course and is suitable for all abilities, even if someone is a complete beginner. They recruit young people from all over the country. On successful completion of the Foundation Course, students will achieve a Level 1 Diploma in Work Based Racehorse Care and will then be placed in a racing yard to commence an Apprenticeship. This course is compulsory for anyone under the age of 19 and wants to work in a racing yard, under the Rules of Racing.
Young people will learn a host of skills specifically related to the care of racehorses, how to ride them and most importantly, how to look after themselves and keep fit. There are no entry requirements other than a desire to work outdoors, have a reasonable level of fitness and be hardworking.
The course will include:
The National Horseracing College
The National Horseracing College, based in Yorkshire, also delivers a Foundation Course which leads onto an Apprenticeship based in a racing yard. The course is suitable for all abilities, even complete beginners. The aim of this residential course is to prepare students for working in the racing industry. During this initial period of training students will undertake such activities as carrying out yard duties, looking after racehorses, riding out, attending lectures, fitness and studying for their technical certificate and key skills qualifications.
The course includes:
Where Does the Course Lead?
Whether you complete the Foundation Course at the British Racing School or National Horseracing College, upon successful completion of the course, students will be found employment in a UK racing stables and work towards an Apprenticeship at Level 2. The next step would be to study for the Advanced Apprenticeship at Level 3 and for those with the right aptitude and ability, a chance to become a Jockey. There is career progression with many jobs available within a racing yard such as Head Groom, Travelling Head Groom and Assistant Trainer. There are training courses available to support young people as they progress up the career ladder.
Take a look at the Careers Paths on our website to find out how transferable skills can be utilised in other areas of the industry. You can also find a dedicated industry Job Board hosting an array of jobs, in all sorts of areas within the industry. From Gardeners at Racecourses to Digital Editors at production companies. There are so many career paths to choose from!
The National Stud
If your son or daughter has decided that they want to work with horses but don’t necessarily want to ride, then think about training for a career in the breeding industry. The training is open to anyone over the age of 18 and is delivered by the National Stud in Newmarket. There are no entry requirements or formal qualifications to complete the Entry to Stud Employment Course, only a desire to work with animals and a love of being outdoors. Students will learn how to look after mares, foals and stallions and the breeding cycle. On successful completion of the course, students will be placed into stud farm as a Stud Hand. Many students progress on to be Stud Grooms, Stud Managers and Bloodstock Agents.
Is it a good fit?
Watching your child making that next step in their life can be a daunting experience for parents. If you are worried about your child leaving home – don’t be! All of the Training Providers have vast experience and qualifications in dealing with young people from all backgrounds. The staff are supportive and your child will get to know lots of people just like them, sharing a love of horses. There is a good support network available throughout their career in racing. Racing Welfare is a charitable organisation that provides help and support for racing staff in all areas of wellbeing and your child will be introduced to their local Welfare Officer at the beginning of their careers.
Find out more on the Careers in Racing Website
The Career Map – Plot through the different paths on offer in the whole industry
The Job Board – A place to find all the live vacancies up & down the country
Courses and Training – View a wide range of courses on offer
Video Wall – Take a look at lots of videos including our How to guides
Case Studies – Find out how other people have progressed their careers
Want to find out more?
Both Racing Schools have regular Open Days where you can go along and meet the horses, the staff and take a look at their facilities including their impressive accommodation. You will find the dates on both their websites. Sign up to the Careersinracing newsletter (found on the front page of their website) and they will keep you up to date with events where you and your child can find out more about the exciting careers available in racing.