About The Industry

British horseracing is the UK's second largest spectator sport, after football. There are 59 racecourses in Great Britain and racing takes place all year round, as a result of this over 85,000 people are either in direct, indirect or associated employment of British Racing. Find out more About the Industry below.

About the industry

British Horseracing is a nationwide sport, with 59 racecourses spread across Great Britain. The sport is also a major employer, providing full time work for over 17,000 people. The horseracing industry offers a variety of job roles. To find out more about the various careers in horseracing visit the A-Z of Careers page.

About apprenticeships

An apprenticeship gives you hands on experience, a salary and the opportunity to gain qualifications while you work. Employers can benefit from Apprenticeships as much as young people can. Subject to meeting eligibility criteria, young people can gain government funding for the cost of their Apprenticeship.

Careers Advice & Training Service

The Careers Advice and Training Service (CATS), run by Racing Welfare, is open to anyone who works or has worked in the racing industry. The service offers career coaching for those who wish to develop or progress their career within the wider horseracing industry.

Community engagement

Racing Together is British racing’s community engagement activity. It was formed to coordinate, support, represent and measure the varied work that takes place across the industry and that involves a range of charitable and commercial organisations.

Equine Welfare

British Horseracing employs over 6,500 people to provide constant care and attention to the 14,000 horses in training. British Racing has invested £35 million in veterinary research and education and runs a Horse Welfare Board. Click to find out more.

National Association of Racing Staff

The National Association of Racing Staff (NARS) is the independent certified trade union representing Racing Staff. NARS is committed to improving pay, conditions of service and the overall employment position of Stable Staff.

Pay, Pensions & prospects

For those in the practical side of the industry working for a Racehorse Trainer, you will be protected by many of the agreements that are in place by way of the trainer licensing. Click here to find out more about benefits of working in racing.


Racing Groom is free to join for all aspiring grooms and those already working in the industry as grooms. It provides tools such as CV and cover letter builders. It also offers tickets for Racing Grooms to go racing and it’s run by the National Trainers Federation. Join today!


Racing Welfare is the Jockey Club's charity. They are an organisation which offer professional guidance and practical help to the stud, stable and support staff whose dedication is vital for the well-being of racing. Their work aims to help people, from recruitment to retirement.


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