Racing towards a bright future

An apprenticeship in racing is not just about gaining a qualification, it is also about building a future, creating a path, and fulfilling dreams. This is an industry like no other; it offers those that work hard the chance of truly unique and brilliant opportunities; all of which are led by a passion for horses, racing and the community around it.

 

“Haddon Training’s racing apprenticeships are a great way for staff to gain invaluable experience for the future.”

Sam Twiston-Davies


All current racing grooms under the age of 19 years old, must earn and complete the Racing Groom – Level 2 apprenticeship or equivalent qualification. To apply for a trainers licence completing the Senior Racing Groom – Level 3 apprenticeship is an essential part of the criteria.

 

Our racing apprenticeships are approved and supported by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) as the national governing body and trade association for horseracing in the UK.

We also offer the recognised Certificate of Competence in the Welfare of Transporting Horses for short journeys as part of our racing apprenticeship programme.


 

 

 

“Haddon Training’s 100% work-based learning allows the apprentices to learn hands-on and to the high standard we expect”

“The delivery of apprenticeships from Haddon Training is professional and engaging, we enjoy working with them.”

 

“ I fully support work-based Racing qualifications for my staff, they can remain in the workplace and learn from their peers. I find Haddon Training to be a professional and well-run alternative to the Racing school”

 

“Haddon Training works very well for our yard as with their work-based training we don’t have to lose any staff for any length of time. It is very professionally run and they are always happy to help our team achieve the qualifications they want”

“We have been involved with Haddon Training now for a couple of years and we fully support work based training for our staff as they can learn from their peers whilst being in a working, professional environment and gain valuable racing qualifications.  We have found Haddon Training to be very professional and we highly recommend them.”

 

The following sections will provide you with more information on the apprenticeships we run, entry requirements and possible next steps in your career.

To apply for a racing apprenticeship you will need to be of school leaver age and it is advantageous to have some prior working experience in the equine industry.

If you have already completed any of the following then the Senior Racing Groom apprenticeship may be suited for you:

  • Level 2 in Horse Care through college
  • BHS Stage 2

If you are still in full-time education; school, college, university, on another apprenticeship, or just unsure of your suitability just contact our friendly team to discuss.

Maths and English will be included in the delivery of the programme; unless you have achieved Grade A-C or 4-9 at GCSE level, or a Level 2 Functional Skills qualification.

For the Racing Groom Apprenticeship, level 1 English and maths will be needed to achieve this level and all apprentices will take the test for level 2 English and maths prior to completion of their Apprenticeship unless they hold an equivalent qualification already.

For the Senior Equine Groom Apprenticeship, all apprentices need to achieve level 2 English and maths prior to completion of their Apprenticeship, unless they hold an equivalent qualification already.

Teaching and support for Maths and English will be given in the workplace and contextualised to the working environment.

Throughout the apprenticeship journey, every learner will learn the core apprenticeship components, taking part in monthly sessions with their Trainer-Coach, accessing different learning systems and spending time learning new skills, knowledge and behaviours whilst at work.  The apprenticeship is then assessed by a final end point assessment (EPA).

Every four months the apprentice will sit practice tests and assessments in preparation for their EPA.  Once they are ready they will sit a knowledge test, be observed at work and take part in a professional discussion. These are all designed to prove competence in the workplace and each of our learners is fully supported in their preparation for this.

All our Trainer-Coaches are experts in the equine industry and will be on hand to support apprentices throughout their apprenticeship.  They will check knowledge and understanding through a variety of methods including written assignments, workbooks, tailored resources, and observations before agreeing for a learner to sit their final endpoint assessment.

The equine industry is vast. There will be scope to move up the ladder, or across the disciplines, and Haddon Training can support each individual apprentice’s goals.

We have a variety of progression routes available for our apprentices; this could be progressing onto our Senior Racing Groom – Level 3 apprenticeship with the ambition of becoming Head Person or perhaps developing into a Learning Mentor role to aid promotion to Pupil Assistant Trainer.

Each assigned Trainer-Coach will be there to help their apprentice decide on the next step that is right for them.

  • More Information

    The following sections will provide you with more information on the apprenticeships we run, entry requirements and possible next steps in your career.

  • Entry requirements

    To apply for a racing apprenticeship you will need to be of school leaver age and it is advantageous to have some prior working experience in the equine industry.

    If you have already completed any of the following then the Senior Racing Groom apprenticeship may be suited for you:

    • Level 2 in Horse Care through college
    • BHS Stage 2

    If you are still in full-time education; school, college, university, on another apprenticeship, or just unsure of your suitability just contact our friendly team to discuss.

  • Maths and English

    Maths and English will be included in the delivery of the programme; unless you have achieved Grade A-C or 4-9 at GCSE level, or a Level 2 Functional Skills qualification.

    For the Racing Groom Apprenticeship, level 1 English and maths will be needed to achieve this level and all apprentices will take the test for level 2 English and maths prior to completion of their Apprenticeship unless they hold an equivalent qualification already.

    For the Senior Equine Groom Apprenticeship, all apprentices need to achieve level 2 English and maths prior to completion of their Apprenticeship, unless they hold an equivalent qualification already.

    Teaching and support for Maths and English will be given in the workplace and contextualised to the working environment.

  • Teaching, learning and assessments

    Throughout the apprenticeship journey, every learner will learn the core apprenticeship components, taking part in monthly sessions with their Trainer-Coach, accessing different learning systems and spending time learning new skills, knowledge and behaviours whilst at work.  The apprenticeship is then assessed by a final end point assessment (EPA).

    Every four months the apprentice will sit practice tests and assessments in preparation for their EPA.  Once they are ready they will sit a knowledge test, be observed at work and take part in a professional discussion. These are all designed to prove competence in the workplace and each of our learners is fully supported in their preparation for this.

    All our Trainer-Coaches are experts in the equine industry and will be on hand to support apprentices throughout their apprenticeship.  They will check knowledge and understanding through a variety of methods including written assignments, workbooks, tailored resources, and observations before agreeing for a learner to sit their final endpoint assessment.

  • What are the next steps in a career?

    The equine industry is vast. There will be scope to move up the ladder, or across the disciplines, and Haddon Training can support each individual apprentice’s goals.

    We have a variety of progression routes available for our apprentices; this could be progressing onto our Senior Racing Groom – Level 3 apprenticeship with the ambition of becoming Head Person or perhaps developing into a Learning Mentor role to aid promotion to Pupil Assistant Trainer.

    Each assigned Trainer-Coach will be there to help their apprentice decide on the next step that is right for them.