When your son or daughter has to make the next step in their education, we understand that you want to make sure it is the best decision for them.

Since 2016 young people aged 16 and 17 must, by law, stay in education. Their choices are between: an Apprenticeship, College or Sixth form.

We have put together a some answers that our Recruitment Team have answered in the past, if you can’t see the answer you require, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us.

  • What will my child be paid?

    The National Minimum Apprenticeship Wage is £3.50 per hour.

  • How many hours should my child work?

    If your child is aged between 16 or 17, the maximum weekly hours they can work is 40 hours.

    They must only work 5 days a week and receive two consecutive days off.

    For young people aged over 18 years old, the maximum hours they can work is 40 hours. They do not need to have two consecutive days off.

    This is in line with the Working Time Directive.

  • What experience is needed?

    We would advise that your child should have some basic experience with horses.

    Occasionally, some yards will take on apprentices with no experience. If you have no experience with horses and are keen to work in the Equine Industry, you might be best suited to a traineeship.

  • What if they have their own horse?

    If the advert states that you can bring your own horse, then yes! But note that there is no specified limit on what your employer can charge you for livery.

  • Can they apply while still in school?

    Yes, but make sure you get in touch with us a month before you finish school. We cannot guarantee that the vacancies we have live on our system will still be available when you have finished school.

  • Will there be a contract of employment?

    Yes, but they must make sure they get in touch with us a month before you finish school. We cannot guarantee that the vacancies we have live on our system will still be available when you have finished school.

  • Can money be deducted from thier wages for Apprenticeship training?

    No.

  • Is travelling to competitions included in their weekly hours?

    Yes, unless the apprentice is taking their own horse to compete and they are not working.

  • Can my child be self employed?

    No. The apprentice must be a full time employee with a written contract of employment.