As an apprentice you will have a job and earn a wage whilst building up knowledge and skills within the horse care industry. These apprenticeships are a framework of qualifications made up of a Diploma in Work-Based Horse Care, Certificate in the Principles of Horse Care, Functional Skills (English and Maths), Employee Rights and Responsibilities and Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS).
- Clean and maintain stables
- Plan diets and implement feeding regimes for horses
- Carry out routine care and monitor the health and well-being of the horses
- Ride horses on a range of surfaces
- Develop and implement a horse rehabilitation plan
- Assist with care and exercise of the performance horse.
These apprenticeships normally take between 18 and 36 months to complete.
More advanced courses are available at the college for further progression.
Work as a groom in a riding school, competition or livery yard. More senior roles can then be pursued, such as head groomer or instructor.
For the Intermediate Apprenticeship, you must have GCSE English and Maths at grade E or 3 or equivalent. For the Advanced Apprenticeship, you must have achieved a Level 2 qualification in Equine and have GCSE English and Maths at grade C or 4 or equivalent. For both levels, you must also pass an initial assessment, secure work as an apprentice and have one satisfactory reference.
City and Guilds Level 3 Technical Certificate in Equine Management
“There is so much you can learn about the industry here and it equips you for whatever you want to do working with horses.”
Georgia has enjoyed her time at Bishop Burton so much after starting in January that she aims to return one day as an Equine lecturer herself.
She joined as a late starter at the turn of the year because she felt she was not fulfilling her potential with the A-Levels she was studying at another college.
She says it has proven to be an inspired decision.
“I was at a college near to where I live and I wasn’t getting on very well with the A-Levels I had chosen,” said Georgia.
“I’ve always loved horses since I was young so I decided to come to Bishop Burton.
“Everyone was really welcoming and I found I fitted in here really well. There is so much you can learn about the industry here and it equips you for whatever you want to do working with horses.
“The facilities are really good and the tutors are all so supportive. I’m now hoping to come back here as a lecturer in the future.”