A Jockey is a licensed individual who rides racehorses in races. The first step in becoming a jockey is to complete the Apprenticeship in Racehorse Care in a racing yard. If the Trainer thinks you are competent enough to become a Jockey, you can apply to attend a Jockey Licence Course.

Average starting salary

Above National Minimum Wage

Average hours per week


Job availability



Qualifications through Apprenticeships, extensive riding experience.

What you’ll do

Day-to-day tasks

  • Riding out
  • Going to the races
  • Horse care.

Who you’ll work with

  • Racing Grooms
  • Yard Staff
  • Trainer
  • A jockey’s agent.

Skills & Knowledge

  • Previous experience of handling horses
  • Ride to a high standard
  • Good communication skills.

How to get into this role

You will need to have studied for a Level 2 Apprenticeship in Racehorse Care before applying for your Apprentice or Conditional Licence.  Jobs as Apprentice or Conditional Jockeys appear on the job board fairly regularly.

Career Progression

Once you have achieved a certain amount of race wins, you will become a Professional Jockey.  There are also plenty of transferable skills you can use for other careers.

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