Developing your Skills
In order to develop your career in the industry you may need to consider further training to enhance your skills.
Some roles may simply require some practical on-the-job training, which means that you won't always necessarily need to complete formal training or gain qualifications. There are certain positions that will require you to attend a course, and these courses are designed specifically for racing staff who are in these roles or would like to be.
Examples of training offered in the horseracing industry include:
- Racing Secretary course
- Stud Secretary course
- Trainers Modules
- Assistant Trainers courses
- Yard Management courses
- Supervisory course for stud staff
- Book keeping
- Health and safety courses
- Horse transporting qualifications
- Riding work
- Head Lad/Lass course
- Horse Handlers course
- Diploma in Work Based Racehorse Care
- Apprenticeships and Advanced Apprenticeships
- Foundation Degree for the Horseracing Industry
- Functional English and Maths
- Various Jockey and Amateur Jockey training and licence courses
Everybody is different, and while some relish the new challenge of embarking on a course, for others, the thought of retraining might seem daunting at first, which is completely understandable. Racing's main training organisations understand some of the individual needs that people have when joining a course, and can offer additional support where needed, in an encouraging environment.
For more information about training on offer, you can visit the National Stud, British Racing School and Northern Racing College websites.
Racing Welfare works in partnership with racing's own designated team, Careers Advice and Training Services (CATS); your organisation for all things careers and training. Together, we provide practical advice, guidance and support from exploring your career and retraining options, to applying for jobs.
You may be entitled to a grant towards developing your skills. Have a look at the grant criteria to find out if you are eligible.
Click here for more information about the support available for your career and training needs.
If you need to talk to someone confidentially then don't hesitate to contact our team.