Education and Training
There is a huge number of education and training courses available to you in the racing industry, regardless of what role you are working in.
Education and training is something the racing industry does really well, with many courses available to further your skills and progress your career. Whether you work on a yard or stud, at a racecourse or within the wider facets of the industry, there is something for everyone.
Below is an overview of some of the courses available to you within different sectors of the industry.
Yard based staff
One of the main routes into the industry is via a 12 week Level 1 Diploma Residential Course in Racehorse Care, run by both of the UK’s two racing schools. These courses are set out for people looking to come into the sport as a racing groom and rider. The education opportunities available range from this Level 1 qualification, right up to racehorse trainer modules for those who are ultimately aiming to train horses themselves. In between these courses sit the Level 2 and 3 Diplomas in Racehorse Care, courses to enhance work riding skills, transporting horses, racing secretary, yard manager and assistant trainer courses.
The Regional Staff Development Programme offers training in practical skills in short course form. Training is available for things like work riding, clipping, lunging, veterinary skills and feeding to name but a few and is provided on a regional basis. To add to these are the Rider Coaching Qualifications and the NAoRS Functional Skills course and Mentoring Scheme.
Also if you work in a yard make sure you check out the Racing Groom website (www.racinggroom.com) which covers all sorts of support, initiatives and information related to working for a racehorse trainer including what your day might look like, what hours you work and how much you may get paid. It also has a great trainer profile page (https://hub.racinggroom.com/employers/) where you can get a feel of what it might be like to work for a particular trainer.
The National Stud provides training courses for people looking to kick start their career in the thoroughbred breeding sector, in addition to providing courses for more experienced stud staff who wish to develop their skills. The National Stud also provides regional training opportunities in specialist subjects, supported by the Thoroughbred Breeders Association.