The National Stud is proud to have been offering training to the Thoroughbred breeding industry for over 30 years. Much of the training is fully funded and the Stud recruits and trains people on behalf of the stud industry and provides access to industry recognised qualifications and “hands on” learning experiences. Our courses cater for the novice looking to be the next generation of stud staff to the more experienced members of the current workforce who want additional skills or updating. Our training portfolio includes courses for administration staff, owner breeders, stud staff and those aiming to reach managerial positions in the industry.
The National Stud is grateful for the industry support it receives from a number of organisations to help provide the stud staff training programmes. These include: The Horserace Betting Levy Board, Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association, The Racing Foundation, Wavertree Charitable Trust, Weatherbys Hamilton and the British Racing School.
The National Stud’s commercial activities are the foundation for the success of the residential training courses. The Stud’s operations, location, facilities and industry links provide students with authentic experiences and unparalleled opportunity to learn from industry experts.
The National Stud also has excellent on-site facilities for the training and accommodation of students. Westbrook House is a dedicated student residence with 24 en-suite bed study rooms with shared communal areas and a staffed catering service.
The Joan Westbrook Lecture Theatre is a dedicated teaching space with practical facilities and resources. The building is designed so that horses can be brought into the teaching area and it accommodates the Evening Lecture Programme, the short courses and majority of theoretical training. The training yard situated at the back of the theatre is home to a range of practical equipment including the two retired racehorses used for student practical sessions.
The full time training team provide information, advice and guidance throughout a student’s course and stay in touch with graduates to track their careers. Staff also continue to provide information on job vacancies, visa requirements and references long after a student has graduated.