Racehorse Care Apprenticeship Level 2

Duration: a minimum of 12 months

As a Level 2 Racehorse Care apprentice you’ll be able to develop your skills and experience working with racehorses either on a flat or National Hunt yard.

A work-based apprenticeship will:
  • Help you work at the commercial speed equine employers expect.
  • Increase your confidence working with horses, in a team and in the work place.
  • Give you the skills and knowledge to become a competent member of staff.You can chose between riding and non-riding to cater for everyone who wants to work with Racehorses.

If you have a passion for horses, becoming a Racehorse Groom is a very rewarding and fulfilling job.


An example of the units you will work towards: 

  • Escort racehorses to race meetings
  • Care for racehorses after racing
  • Assist with the on-going specialist care of racehorses
  • Assist with the care of racehorses after strenuous exercise

An example of the units you will work towards: 

  • Escort racehorses to race meetings
  • Care for a racehorse after racing
  • Ride racehorses on roads or tracks under supervision
  • Exercise racehorses under supervision
  • Maths and English

    Essential Skills is a mandatory part of apprenticeship programme in Wales if you have not achieved a GCSE grade of C or above or previously completed Essential Skills up to Level 2.

    Essential Skills are taken at Level 1 and at Level 2, Level 1 is taken as part of the Level 2 apprenticeship programme and Level 2 I undertaken as part of the Level 3 apprenticeship programme.

    These are split in to Communication and Application of Number and within each there is a Control Task and Confirmatory Test.

    The Control task is a controlled assessment undertaken in exam conditions in short periods of time across a 8 week time frame.

    The Confirmatory Test is a multiply choice paper of 30 questions.

    You would be prepared for both elements of the Essential Skills by your Trainer-Coach.

  • Entry requirements, eligibility and employment

    Entry requirements and eligibility

    • Not to have achieved a Foundation or Degree, NVQ 4 or higher.
    • Not be in full time Education; School, College, University or on another Apprenticeship.
    • There is no upper age limit, however if you are aged above 20 years old you must have been within your current role no longer than 12 months.


    • Employed (PAYE) by the employer (not self-employed) and paid a minimum of £3.90 per hour.
    • Hold a current employment contract – to include: holiday pay, wage, etc.
    • Working at least 16 hours per week, maximum of 38 for anyone under 18 years old and a maximum of 48 hours for anyone over 18 years old.
  • Teaching, learning and assessment

    You will be regularly assessed in the workplace by your Trainer- Coaches with testimonies from your Employer/Trainer. Case studies, pictures/videos and some written assignments/workbooks may also be used by your Assessor to check your knowledge and understanding.

  • What are the next steps in your career?

    If you want to move across into a different discipline or into Racehorse Care our Recruitment team can help you apply for apprenticeship vacancies we already have.

    The equine industry is vast. In your career with horses there’ll be scope to move up the ladder, across disciplines and it can even take you abroad.

    Take a look at our Groom Career Path, click here!