Apprenticeship Course (Racing Option)
This is the first step to becoming a Racing Groom. Find out how an Apprenticeship can kick start your career in racing.
Anyone under the age of 19 who wants to work full time in a licensed racehorse trainer’s yard as a Racing Groom must complete the Level 2 Diploma in Work Based Racehorse Care Apprenticeship. You’ll learn a host of skills specifically related to the care of racehorses and how to ride them.
You will need to like working outdoors, have a reasonable level of fitness and be hardworking. If you’re aged between 16 and 25 and you’re an EU citizen, the training is free.
The course will include:
- An initial residential Foundation Course lasting either 4, 9 or 14 weeks depending on your level of experience
- Completing the Level 1 Diploma in Work Based Racehorse Care
- A work placement in a racing yard
- Key skills development
If you complete your studies successfully, you’re guaranteed a placement in a yard as a Trainee Racing Groom to work through your apprenticeship.
The apprenticeship usually takes between 12-18 months to achieve. During this time, you’ll be judged on a series of assessments made at the yard you’re working in by a Roving Assessor.
Download a Parents Guide to Apprenticeships here.View course availability