Equine Apprentice



Training Provider:


Weekly wage £152.25
35.0 hours per week 5 days per week to include 1 day at weekends. 8am-4pm (1 hr unpaid for lunch).
duration: 18 months
start: 16 March 2020
Intermediate(level 2)
Equine groom (apprenticeship standard)
2 positions available
6 March 2020 (application closing date)
This Equine Apprenticeship is based at a popular competition centre and livery yard.


Vacancy Description

Responsibilities include supporting both the livery yard and the competition centre. On the yard the role includes feeding, turfing in, mucking out, changing rugs, skipping out and poo picking. At the competition centre the role includes supporting a schedule of show jumping and dressage competitions with course building, judging, scoring and planning.

Future Prospects

  • This opportunity includes both the livery yard and the competition centre, so it offers a wide range of career development opportunities
  • There is a varied range of activities so good prospects for skills development

Reality Check

  • The yard involves outside work throughout the year as the horses need to be brought in and out of the paddocks
  • The yard requires reasonable physical fitness

Skills Required

  • Experience of horses, confident to lead horses on a lead rein

Qualities Required

  • Positive, hard-working, reliable, willing to learn new skills

Qualifications Required

  • Entry onto the apprenticeship is subject to a thorough initial assessment to establish course suitability
  • Ideally applicants should have at least 4 GCSEs, or equivalents, including English and maths at grades 9-4/A*-C for an Advanced Apprenticeship and 9-3/A*-D for an Intermediate
  • Apprentices need to be employed for minimum of 30 hours a week in the industry with a contract of employment
  • Proof of qualifications will be required before you can be accepted onto the apprenticeship
  • PLEASE NOTE: Those without the stated entry requirements or awaiting GCSE/GCSE retake grades, may be offered an appointment to come into college (Ipswich or Suffolk Rural (Otley) campus) and sit an online assessment to confirm program suitability

Training Provided

The 'off the job' training will be provided by Suffolk Rural.

Level 2 Equine Groom standard alongside any relevant functional skills qualifications in English, mathematics and ICT (depending on prior attainment).

Training for all job specific tasks will be given. In addition, the apprentice will have the support and guidance of a qualified assessor from the college, who will make on-site visits every 6-8 weeks. There may be the occasional need to attend either the Ipswich or Rural Suffolk (Otley) campus for short training courses and tests.

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