The Northern Racing College is the Northern centre for excellence for the racing industry and just one of Ransfords many customers within the racing industry. Opened in 1984 the Colleges aim has always been to provide high quality training for young people who want to work within the racing industry which leads to the achievement of National Vocational Qualifications (NVQ) together with practical work experience in racing yards. Approximately 100 students complete their 12 week residential NVQ level 1 Foundation Course each year. This is the starting point for students with no previous experience of working with horses and for those with some equine but limited racing experience.

nrcollegeFor those students who have no desire to jump on board and ride a racehorse, they offer a non-riding option and also the opportunity to specialise in thoroughbred breeding. The College is quite unique and the learning experience upon which their students embark is one of great enjoyment, interest and exhilaration.

You don’t have to live in the North either! Students are from all over the country and abroad and the College’s reputation for excellence is recognised throughout the racing industry.

The College accepts people with various levels of experience and ability and provides outstanding support and guidance for all their students, both at the College and in the work place. Their team of professional and occupationally competent staff will provide the best start for those wishing to succeed in the racing industry, currently among the top ten employers in the UK.

Facilities include a 60m x 40m indoor arena, a Ransfords woodfibre all-weather gallop, a large floodlit outdoor arena, a novice cross country course and schooling hurdles and fences. During a recent inspection the Adult Learning Inspectorate awarded the College a Grade 1 Outstanding Award – something which the College is justifiably proud of.

The UK Racing Industry is enjoying substantial growth with over 17,000 horses in training and over 650 licensed racehorse training yards.

With over 5 million people visiting British racecourses each year and a large television audience, horseracing is the nation’s second spectator sport. For over 100,000 people with a wide variety of skills, it is an industry in which they can earn their living and race days are the culmination of years of preparation and co-operation between key professionals. It is this heady mixture of sport and industry devoted to one of the noblest animals, the thoroughbred, that gives racing its appeal.

If you feel that you might like to find out more about a career within the racing industry please click on the Northern Racing College’s web site. Here you will also find an online application form.

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