‘Not your typical job’

Racing is the second largest spectator sport in the country and offers a range of diverse and rewarding careers.  Whether you want to work directly with horses – or be more office based – there are opportunities at every level with excellent industry training and ongoing support.

For those young people who want a practical role working with horses the industry offers stable staff training at the British Racing School in Newmarket, and the Northern Racing College in Doncaster.   During the initial residential course you will receive training on how to look after and ride racehorses and on successful completion of the course you will be guaranteed a job in the racing industry where you will complete your apprenticeship programme.  Although previous experience with horses can be an advantage it is not essential, and what’s more the training is free of charge.

For those who are interested in thoroughbred breeding the National Stud based in Newmarket offers specialist training for stud staff.

Other training providers include Haddon Training which offers work-based learning and Warwickshire College which offers Higher Education opportunities in horseracing.

By continuing your training with one of these registered training providers when you leave school you will be satisfying the new Government requirements to stay in education or training until you are 18.

Career progression in the industry is supported by training courses available to stud and stable staff to take them on from one level to the next – or move into a different area of employment.  There are also courses available for those wishing to progress to management roles or to work within racing administration.

For those who plan to go to university, the British Horseracing Authority has an exciting and well-established Graduate Scheme which sees around 20 graduates a year go through a two week programme followed by placements in the industry.  Around 80% of the graduates attending this programme go on to work in the industry.  Over the years graduates have gone on to some of the top jobs in the industry.

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