Racing towards a bright future

An apprenticeship in the racing industry is not just about gaining a qualification, it is also about building a future, creating a path, and fulfilling dreams. This is an industry like no other; it offers those that work hard the chance of truly unique and brilliant opportunities; all of which are led by a passion for horses, racing and the community around it.


“Haddon Training’s racing apprenticeships are a great way for staff to gain invaluable experience for the future.”

Sam Twiston-Davies, Professional Jockey

We have BHA approved apprenticeships in England and Wales, below you will find details of our English apprenticeships – please click here for our Welsh apprenticeships.

As part of our racing apprenticeship programmes we also offer the recognised Certificate of Competence in the Welfare of Transporting Horses for short journeys.




“Haddon Training’s 100% work-based learning allows the apprentices to learn hands-on and to the high standard we expect”

“The delivery of apprenticeships from Haddon Training is professional and engaging, we enjoy working with them.”


“We have been involved with Haddon Training now for a couple of years and we fully support work based training for our staff as they can learn from their peers whilst being in a working, professional environment and gain valuable racing qualifications.  We have found Haddon Training to be very professional and we highly recommend them.”


“Haddon Training works very well for our yard as with their work-based training we don’t have to lose any staff for any length of time. It is very professionally run and they are alwas happy to help our team achieve the qualifications they want”



  • How the apprenticeship works

    Throughout the qualification, every apprentice will learn the core apprenticeship components, taking part in monthly sessions with an assigned Trainer Coach, spending time learning and enhancing skills, knowledge and behaviours whilst at work.

    Time will also be given by employers to enable us to support and develop any required areas of maths and English with their apprentice, in preparation for functional skills qualifications, if needed.

    An end point assessment (EPA) then decides the final grade for the overall apprenticeship.

    The EPA consists of a knowledge test, observation at work and a professional discussion. These are all designed to prove competence in the workplace and all our learners are fully supported in their preparation for this.

    All our racing Trainer Coaches are experts in this industry and will be on hand to support throughout the apprenticeship. They will check knowledge and understanding through a variety of methods including assignments, workbooks, tailored resources, and observations, before agreeing with the apprentice and employer that they are ready for end point assessment.

  • Employment rights

    We take pride in ensuring that all our learners are correctly looked after under employment legislation. All our employers must ensure that they adhere to the following:

    • Duration – Every apprentice’s contract of employment must last at least the duration of their apprenticeship, up to and including the end point assessment.
    • Days – Under 18-year-olds must have two consecutive days off every week. Over 18-year-olds must have one day off per week or two days off per fortnight.
    • Hours – Under 18-year-olds cannot work more than 40 hours per week. Over 18-year-olds cannot work more than 48 hours per week.
    • Rate of pay – Apprentices must be paid at least the government minimum for apprentices. This changes in their second year if they are 19 years or older.
    • Pay Date – Apprentices must be paid through the PAYE system and know when and how they are being paid, with receipt of regular payslips.
    • Time-Off – An apprentice’s contract must include details of annual leave, sick pay, maternity/paternity and other statutory requirements.
  • Employer commitment

    All employers need to be available from the very start of the apprenticeship to support their employee and commit to their training. We require them to be present at enrolment as we create the apprenticeship plan, as well as at our regular visits where the plan will be reviewed and adapted.

    Apprentices must be given time during work hours for ‘off the job’ training. This covers 20% of the overall apprenticeship duration to develop the skills, knowledge and behaviours they require to complete. It can include additional practical lessons, training with a Trainer Coach, theory work, or new learning with an experienced colleague and equates to around eight hours a week.

    Extra time during working hours must be allowed for maths and/or English support to enable apprentices to complete this additional work with their Trainer Coach.

    Alongside the employment rights that are compulsory for all apprentices, health and safety, safeguarding and other applicable policies must also be adhered to by everyone involved.

  • Entry requirements

    To apply for this apprenticeship, applicants will;

    • Need to be of school leaver age with a passion for this industry.
    • Hold a degree of horsemanship, though previous racing experience isn’t essential.
    • Have a strong work ethic and show respect and empathy for both people and animals.
    • Be punctual, reliable, trustworthy and diligent.
    • Value equality, diversity and inclusion in the workplace.


    As part of these apprenticeships, learners will also be supported to undertake maths and English Level 2 Functional Skills qualifications if they haven’t already achieved a GCSE grade 4-9, A*-C or a Level 2 Functional Skills qualification. All our learners will also develop their digital skills as part of this course.

    If still in full-time education; school, college, university, on another apprenticeship, or if unsure of suitability just contact our friendly team to discuss.

  • Career progression

    After completing a racing apprenticeship, our learners will have gained substantial practical skills and demonstrable knowledge to enable them to go further in their career. Choices are wide ranging and could include focusing on yard management, developing as a jockey, or continuing in the role where they trained as an apprentice to embed their new skills. There is also the opportunity to move across disciplines and concentrate on breeding or riding as they develop their career. Our experienced Trainer Coaches will be on hand to offer information, advice and guidance throughout the journey.