The Apprenticeship lasts between 12 and 18 months and leads to a Level 2 NVQ in racehorse care. Some of the most people go to a Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in racehorse care and management.
The bulk of training takes place on the job, with an experienced staff member at the employer’s site. A local college or specialised training provider may be able to give additional skills and experience.
Grooms who demonstrate the necessary skills to become jockeys will be recommended by their racehorse trainer, who will have them on a five-day residential apprentice or conditional licence course at the BRS or NRC. They next apply to the British Horseracing Authority for a riding permit.
A licenced racehorse trainer hires a full-time apprentice/conditional jockey. They continue their education by completing a four-day apprentice or conditional continuation course, followed by an advanced apprentice or conditional course after ridding the required number of winners.