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.

Get Started

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 Apprenticeships (Racing). You’ll learn a host of skills specifically related to the care of racehorses. There are courses available for both riding and non riding students.

Don’t worry if you haven’t got any previous experience, we can train you. 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. Learners will receive relevant safeguarding education & must still work towards their Functional Skills ( English & Maths).

Where can I train

The Apprenticeship course is available through three training providers; National Horseracing College, British Racing School and Haddon Training.

You can attend an Open Day at any time, to see if its for you. To book on the next available Open Day, click here.

What’s involved

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 to continue studying for your Apprenticeship

Key skills development and fitness training.

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. Instead of continual assessment in the workplace leading to the Work based Diploma, the learner will now undertake one day of assessment at the end of the training period. The assessment (called End Point Assessment) will normally take place at one of the Racing Schools but in exceptional circumstances may take place in the workplace.


For further information please contact the British Racing School on 01638 675905  or email or Sarah Beattie at the National Horseracing College on 01302 861000 or email

Download a Parents Guide to Apprenticeships here.

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