Training Provider Profiles
The industry has four different training providers which offer fantastic training across a variety of levels; from apprenticeships to management courses.
Northern Racing College
Offering a range of courses at all levels for people who are looking at horseracing as a future career and for those who are currently working in the industry wishing to develop their qualifications and skills.
The types of courses offered at the NRC include Apprenticeships, Training, Supervisory and Admin, Pony Racing, Jockey, 14 to 16 Work Related Training and Bespoke Training.
The College works with the British Horseracing Authority, delivering Jockey License courses and Racehorse Trainer modules; successful completion of which are a mandatory element of securing their respective race-riding and training licenses.
Additionally NRC focuses on providing learning opportunities for young people wishing to gain experience with racehorses and riding. Pony Racing training and the 14-16 Work Related Programme are very popular and we are now seeing young people progressing from these courses to careers in racing and achieving race riding success.
The Northern Racing College holds Open Mornings every month. They provide young people, their parents, guardians, carers and career advisors with the opportunity to have a look around the College and to meet the learners, who are currently on the foundation course. Download the NRC Prospectus here.
British Racing School
A racing school based in Newmarket, The British Racing School is a centre of excellence for training in the racing industry.
It is the largest of the four training providers, with over 70 ex racehorses and 50 staff. The BRS has an impressive range of facilities, which includes two gallops, schooling facilities, starting stalls and an indoor and outdoor arena. Students doing residential courses also have access to an onsite gym and the canteen provides a healthy selection of food for students.
There are a variety of courses and training opportunities on offer from Racehorse Care apprenticeships to licensed jockey training and also International Jockey Coaching programmes.
For those who don't wish to ride but wish to work at a Trainer's yard, the BRS offers secretary/admin courses as well as yard based courses. Other courses offered include Management Training and The Racing Industry Course, designed to further particpants knowledge of the racing industry and work of key racing bodies.
The school has an impression alumni group, which includes many champion Jockeys, successful trainers and award winning Stable Staff.
The National Stud
A working stud which offers training courses for people who have a passion for the thoroughbred breeding industry.
The courses are aimed at those wishing to enter the industry or develop existing skills, combining practical experience with theoretical knowledge and the opportunity to gain industry qualifications.
The two main residential courses run at The National Stud each year are:
Entry to Stud Employment Programme (Level 2 Work Based Diploma in Racehorse Care - Breeding Option) - Entry level course combining nine weeks instruction at The National Stud with a paid 6 to 9 month supervised work placement.
The National Stud Diploma in Stud Practice and Management - A five month residential course covering the thoroughbred breeding season.
Haddon Training are a work-based training provider, located in Marlborough, who provide Level 2 and Level 3 Racehorse Care Apprenticeships.
Haddon training provides the opportunity for Racehorse Trainers to develop and train their jockeys and staff to their own requirements.
Haddon Training oversee the training of the student and their assessors visit the student at their workplace to ensure they reach the required standard.
A Haddon Training Apprenticeship would be a suitable option for a student who is experienced at riding and caring for racehorses and already has many of required skills.