The Thoroughbred Breeding Industry Pathway

The Breeding Industry Pathway was designed to help people get access to the industry and then to help those in work develop towards a role to which they aspire. It develops skills through recognised industry training initiatives and courses, to enable people to make choices about the future direction of their careers. 

There are currently 3 stages in the Pathway. Read more about the career stages below.


Stage 1: E2SE (Residential course)

Stage one will incorporate part of the already successful Entry to Stud Employment Programme (E2SE). The E2SE course is kindly funded by the Racing Foundation, whilst the training is delivered by the National Stud.

Stage one consists of the nine-week residential training programme element of the E2SE course at The National Stud in Newmarket. The course is open to anyone aged 18 or above; there are no entry criteria as such, other than the physical aptitude for the job and the drive to learn and work in the industry. Prior experience with horses is NOT a prerequisite and no advantage is given to those who do have prior experience with horses. A commitment to working hard in the industry and learning on the job is required, as is a positive attitude and the ability to work in a team.

The E2SE programme aims to recruit suitable candidates and prepare them to join the stud industry workforce. Upon completion of Stage one (9 week residential training programme), the students will move on to part two of the E2SE course, a work based placement which leads on to Stage 2 of the pathway.

See course.

Stage 2: E2SE (Work placement) and Level 2 Diploma

Stage two ties in with the second part of the E2SE course. Students receive a placement on a stud farm, where they commence work based learning.

During the placement students are assessed in their roles and upon completion receive a Level 2 Diploma in Racehorse Care (Breeding Option).

See course.

Stage 3: Level 3 Certificate in Thoroughbred Stud Practice

Stage three training and assessments also take place in the work environment. Stud staff work towards a Level 3 Certificate in Thoroughbred Stud Practice.