Racehorse Care Apprenticeships

The Apprenticeship duration will be a 12 - 15 months

This apprenticeship has been designed for the job role requirements of a Racehorse Care Apprentice and it is most suitable for those with a passion for working with racehorses in a busy environment. It will give you a strong foundation in racehorse care and a kickstart in working within the racing industry.

  • You will work and train alongside experienced and highly qualified staff.
  • These qualifications are supported by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) as the national governing body and trade association for horseracing in the UK.
  • Current staff, under the age of 19 years old, must earn and compete a Level 2 Qualification (Race Groom) or BHS equivalent.
  • To gain a trainers licence you will need the Level 3 Diploma in Racehorse Care and Management (Senior Grooms Standards).

Apprentices will be entering a vocational industry, where they can expect to handle a variety of horses in different working environments. They must adhere to safe working practices, be prepared to work in all weather conditions and often in “out of hours” situations. Apprentices will be required to have dedication, commitment and the physical and mental toughness to cope with the rigours of the role.

If you have a passion for horses, becoming a Groom is a very rewarding and fulfilling job.
A work-based apprenticeship will:
  • Help you work at the commercial speed equine employers expect.
  • Increase your confidence in working with racehorses, in a team, and in the workplace.
  • Give you the skills and knowledge to become a competent member of staff.
  • Give you a reference for your CV.
  • Provide you with essential employability skills to give you the best start in your working life.

Animal Welfare:
Animal welfare legislation requires anybody who transports horses in connection with an economic activity (for business purposes) on journeys to hold a Certificate of Competence. We deliver the 1st4sport Level 3 Awards in the Principles of Transporting Horses on Short Journeys and Long Journeys.

  • Maths and English

    Maths and English will be included in the delivery of the programme; unless you have achieved Grade A-C or 9-5 at GCSE level or a Level 2 Functional Skills qualification.

    You will have to complete your Functional Skills at Level 1 to achieve the full qualification. Teaching and support for Maths and English will be given in the workplace and contextualised to the working environment.

  • Entry requirements, eligibility and employment

    Entry requirements and eligibility 

    To access the Government funding to become an apprentice you will need to:

    • Be any age.
    • Have been an EU resident for a minimum of 3 years.
    • Not be in full-time education; school, college, university or on another apprenticeship.
    • Not have already completed a Level 2 in Horse Care through college or an Apprenticeship.
    • Not have completed a Level 4 qualification or higher (Foundation Degree or Degree) in an Equine subject.


    • You will be a full time, employed member of staff.
    • You can be paid the minimum of £3.90 per hour (The National Minimum Apprenticeship Wage will rise on the 1st April 2020 to £4.15), unless you are aged 19 or over and completed the first year of your apprenticeship.
    • You will need to have a contract of employment with your employer.


    Working hours in line with the Working Time Directive

    If you are aged between 16-17, the maximum weekly hours you can work is 40 hours. You can only work a 5 day a week and you must receive two consecutive days off.

    If you are aged over 18 years old, the maximum you can work is 40 hours. You do not need to have two consecutive days off.

  • 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?

    The next step is to complete a Level 3 Apprenticeship either with your current employer or with a new employer.

    If you want to move across into different disciplines 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!

  • How to apply?

    There are so many ways to apply…

    An online formby phone or in person at our Head Office in Marlborough.

    01672 519977 opening hours: 8.30-5pm Mon-Thurs and 8.30-4.30pm Fri. or text us on 07795 881 859 where our team can arrange a telephone appointment.

    What next…?

    • Once your application has been submitted, a member of the Apprenticeship Team will be in contact to run through your application and the vacancies available in your area and inform you of the next steps in the application process.
    • Have an interview with the company and set up a trial
    • If successful, start your apprenticeship!

    Need more information? Call our Apprenticeship Team on 01672 519977 or email enquiries@haddontraining.co.uk.