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What to expect as a Racing Groom

Participants embarking on their qualification will be able to choose from either an exercise riding or a yard-based route to study. From there, their assigned Trainer Coach will work closely with them and their employer to tailor the apprenticeship, enabling them to develop the specific knowledge and skills needed to advance their career in racing.   

Full support and guidance is provided by the employer and Trainer Coach throughout the course, ensuring that by the end of the qualification individuals feel prepared for an end point assessment, which demonstrates what they have learnt to an independent assessor. 

Our apprenticeships also help those who need to develop their maths and English skills and could enable them to gain an additional qualification in these subjects if required. 

What is learnt during our horseracing qualifications?

As part of our Level 2 qualification, learners can expect to handle Thoroughbred racehorses in and out of full training. This could include providing exercise regimes to racehorses, preparing, and leading up at the races in accordance with industry practice and providing after race care. 

Within our advanced Level 3 qualification, participants will develop expanded skills with an emphasis on young horses, training to help them succeed in a senior role. Apprentices will contribute to the education and training of the horse to prepare for, and improve racecourse performance, alongside the management of yard tasks. 


Racing courses to suit everyone

Our apprenticeships are all fully accredited and recognised as meeting the requirements for those needed to work in the racing industry. All our apprenticeships are part of the IfATE’s occupational standards. 

We offer horseracing qualifications throughout England, designed specifically for those working directly with Thoroughbred racehorses. In addition, we also offer a trailblazing new apprenticeship developed specifically for horseracing support staff within a business administration role. This course has been created in close partnership with the BHA. 

Working with established racing employers, including Paul Nicholls, Harry Fry, Dan Skelton, and Godolphin, we are also able to assist you in finding the best employer within either flat or jump racing to suit your career aspirations if required. 


Level 2 Racing Groom

12 Months

The Level 2 apprenticeship is designed to provide the skills and knowledge required to gain employment working with racehorses in the racing industry.

Level 2

12 Months


Level 1

Level 3 Senior Racing Groom

12 Months

The Level 3 apprenticeship is designed to develop the skills and knowledge already gained and will support the apprentice progressing into a higher role.

Level 3

12 Months


Level 2

" My Trainer Coach was fantastic. He would explain things in ways I would easily understand and he knows horses inside out, so his knowledge has been second to none. My apprenticeship has allowed me to work with racing professionals and I can use my experience in the future. "

Megan, Racing Groom apprentice

What happens after completing a horseracing apprenticeship?

Upon successful completion of the horseracing qualification, there are various career paths to explore. After completing Level 2, individuals may opt to advance their skills by undertaking the Level 3 qualification to further enrich their knowledge and practical abilities.

Upon completion of the Level 3 horseracing apprenticeship, individuals will have acquired the necessary foundation to expand their careers as racehorse trainers, jockeys, or explore alternative senior roles within the industry.

An apprenticeship in horse racing ensures an investment in the future through practical, hands-on training with an established, licensed employer.



Racing apprenticeships FAQs

How old do you have to be to be a racing groom apprentice?

Anyone from the age of sixteen can be employed as a racing groom apprentice. There is no upper age limit. Racing grooms under the age of nineteen years old, are required by the industry to complete a Level 2 Racing apprenticeship or equivalent qualification. To apply for a trainers licence individuals will need to complete a Level 3 racing apprenticeship or equivalent qualification. 

What work is involved in a horseracing apprenticeship?

On a practical level, participants will receive guidance and supervision from their employer as they learn, alongside regular visits from their Trainer Coach. This will ensure learners are developing the skills needed in their job role. Learners will also gather evidence of your knowledge and skills through assigned tasks, which are a combination of written work, videos and recordings that can be submitted through our online learning system, or directly to their Trainer Coach.

How much does a horseracing qualification cost?

Apprentices do not pay anything towards their apprenticeship training and qualification. Our courses are either fully funded, or part funded, by employers. Apprentices are an employed member of staff and will receive all the benefits that their co-workers receive, including a contract, regular wage, and holiday allowance. 

I am a learner

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