Aged 19+

Over 19 and want to get started in racing?

Your options if you are over 19

It will very much depend on your qualifications or skills. If an employer thinks you have all the skills you need you can start in a job right away without going on a training course. But if you want to develop specific skills especially within a racing yard you might want to consider some of the training available. There may be funding available to complete an apprenticeship which will include a Level 2 Diploma in Work Based Racehorse Care depending on what qualifications you have done previously.  You might also want to consider studying for the Advance Apprenticeship which would include a Level 3 Diploma in Racehorse Care and Management.  The Training Providers will be able to give you more information, see link below.

You will find lots of job vacancies on our industry Job Board from working in a stud farm to working at a racecourse.  You can register yourself, upload your CV and apply for jobs via the Job Board directly.  If you want to work in the breeding industry, you might want to consider applying for the National Stud Diploma Course. This free course is fully residential and you will learn all aspects of breeding Thoroughbreds from handling foals and yearlings to foaling and the mating process.

If you are already comfortable around horses and have been working with them in another equine sphere, you can join the industry as a Racing Groom and enquire about the Employer Led Training Scheme. This scheme will train you on the job in a racing yard.  You will work your way through a Skills Passport with your trainer.  If this is something you are interested in, look out for Trainee Racing Grooms vacancies on the Job Board or send us an email

You might also want to consider applying for a Ground Based Yard Staff Course which is run at the Northern Racing College and British Racing School. This is a 6 week fully residential course which will provide you with the skills required to work in a racing yard as a Yard Based Racing Groom (non riding). For more information visit the Courses and Training page .


Start your career now! Visit the Job Board to view current vacancies, take a look at the Training Providers page, read some interesting Case Studies and Blogs.