Your financial support for
training and development

To train as a racing groom, there may be Government funding available depending on your age.

There could be funding from the racing industry too. Please speak to the British Racing School and the National Horseracing College who can advise you on the funding that might be available.

Once you have a role in racing you may be eligible for a training award or grant, including:


The Toby Balding Award for Development and Training

This is an annual £4,000 award to a member of racing staff who demonstrates a desire to further their career and to train for a higher-level qualification or undertake personal development training.

To be eligible for the award, you must have worked in a racing yard for at least five years and be willing to study and achieve qualifications to prepare for senior roles – for example, studying for the Level Three Diploma in Work Based Racehorse Care and Management plus attending relevant leadership courses.

More information and details on how to apply can be found on the NTF website.


National Trainers Federation Charitable Trust Grant

The National Trainers Federation Charitable Trust (NTFCT) awards training grants for training which helps applicants develop their skills and enhance their employability within the industry. Examples include LGV driver training, equine osteopathy and dentistry and racing secretary courses.

To be eligible, you must have worked in the racehorse industry for at least five years.

More details and a link to the application form can be found on the Racing Welfare website.


Careers Advice & Training Service (CATS)

Funded by The Racing Foundation, this service helps racing employees develop in their current roles or plan their next steps and enjoy a fulfilling career in racing.

Anybody who works or has worked in the British horseracing industry can access support which can include careers advice, job search, job applications, CV writing and interview skills.

There is also funding available through the Racing Welfare grants process for those wanting to develop and further their skills in the industry through training and courses

More details can be found on the CATS website.

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