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.
BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Horse Care
Alice works in a yard at weekends to gain more experience in the industry. She is also a member of a local pony club and competes in cross country, show jumping and dressage competitions.
Q: What do you like about Bishop Burton College?
A: All the staff and pupils are really helpful and friendly. I also like it that there is a variety of horses available to ride and handle at the College.
Q: What is the best thing about your course?
A: The best thing about the course is that we get lots of hands-on working with all the horses and get to learn all about them.
Q: What are your hopes for the future?
A: I am going to progress onto the Level 3 course at the College and then hope to have a career as an instructor.