Equine Apprenticships

Apprenticeships provide the opportunity to gain recognised qualifications and practical hands-on experience whilst also earning a wage. As an employee you will work alongside experienced staff to gain vocational skills which will give you career choices following your apprenticeship.

Equine Groom Apprenticeship Standard

The Equine Groom Standard Apprenticeship is suitable for new equine employees or individuals looking to gain employment in the equine industry with a preference to gaining skills and qualifications in the workplace.
The Apprenticeship programme is delivered in the workplace, and supplemented with training at our approved centre. BHS (British Horse Society) students will learn in the workplace and take external BHS Stage exams.

At the end of your Equine Groom Apprenticeship Standard you will gain the following:
A Pass or Distinction
Maths Functional Skills Level 1 (if required)
English Functional Skills Level 1 (if required)

The Roles of a Equine Groom:

Equine Grooms will be involved with feeding, grooming, cleaning equipment, handling, preparing, exercising the horses and carrying out routine yard duties. The Equine Groom may also be required to assist with the preparation of transport and to care for horses at competitions, the races, sales, shows and other public appearances. Dependent on which sector of the industry the Equine Groom has chosen, appropriate people skills will be essential.

Senior Equine Groom Apprenticeship

Senior Equine groom Apprenticeship standard is suitable for grooms, assistant yard managers and assistant trek leaders aiming to become instructors/ coaches, yard managers, stud managers or specialist grooms.
The Apprenticeship programme is delivered in the workplace, and supplemented with training in an approved centre.
Successful completion of the Senior Equine Groom Apprenticeship standard will gain the following:
A Pass or Distinction
Level 2 Maths Functional Skills (if required)
Level 2 in English Functional Skills (if required)Advanced

The role of a Senior Groom includes:
• A clear grasp of horse anatomy and physiology.
• Assessing and promoting equine health.
• Treating common minor injuries and ailments.
• Grooming, plaiting, clipping and presenting horses to a professional standard.
• Managing a small to medium sized equine yard and supervising a team.
• Offering advice, support and guidance to a team.
The Senior Equine Groom will provide for and coordinate the day to day care of the horses in the workplace. They will possess all the necessary skills to lead by example and will have the knowledge required to implement effective systems relating to the running of the yard. They will be capable of organising and monitoring the quality of work and ordering and maintaining supplies.

Course Requirements

Apprenticeships are for those over 16 years-old and not in full-time education. You may be just leaving school, seeking to start a new career, moving into a new role with your existing employer, or it may be that you already have a job you enjoy but have no recognised qualifications.

Competition for positions with employers can be fierce so you will need to show respect, commitment and be aware of your responsibilities to yourself and your employer. You will need to be happy working individually and as part of a team, demonstrating initiative and willingness to work hard.