Groom Level 2 Apprenticeship

The Apprenticeship duration will be a minimum of 12 months.

This apprenticeship has been designed for the job role requirements of the Groom. The Level 2 is most suitable for those with limited experience working with horses in a busy environment. It will give you a strong foundation in horse care and a kickstart in working within the equine industry.

The role of a Groom is wide ranging and includes:
  • Juggling yard duties for multiple horses.
  • Organising the horsebox for competitions.
  • Assisting with the recovery of a sick horse.
  • Helping with booking the farrier and vet.

Apprentices will be entering a vocational industry, where they can expect to handle a variety of horses in different working environments. They must adhere to safe working practices, be prepared to work in all weather conditions and often in “out of hours” situations. Apprentices will be required to have dedication, commitment and the physical and mental toughness to cope with the rigours of the role.

If you have a passion for horses, becoming a Groom is a very rewarding and fulfilling job.
A work-based apprenticeship will:

• Help you work at the commercial speed equine employers expect.
• Increase your confidence working with horses, in a team and in the work place.
• Give you the skills and knowledge to become a competent member of staff.
• Give you a reference for your CV.
• Provide you with essential employability skills to give you the best start in your working life.

  • Maths and English

    Maths and English will be included in the delivery of the programme; unless you have achieved Grade A-C or 9-5 at GCSE level or a Level 2 Functional Skills qualification.

    You will have to complete your Functional Skills at Level 1 to achieve the full qualification. Teaching and support for Maths and English will be given in the workplace and contextualised to the working environment.

  • Entry requirements, eligibility and employment

    Entry requirements and eligibility 

    To access the Government funding to become an apprentice Groom you will need to:

    • Be any age.
    • Have been an EU resident for a minimum of 3 years.
    • Not be in full time education; school, college, university or on another apprenticeship.
    • Not have already completed a Level 2 in Horse Care through college or an Apprenticeship.
    • Not have completed a Level 4 qualification or higher (Foundation Degree or Degree) in an Equine subject.

     

    Employment 

    • You will be a full time, employed member of staff.
    • You can be paid the minimum of £3.50 per hour (National Minimum Apprenticeship Wage April 2017).
    • You will need to have a contract of employment with your employer.

    Working hours in line with the Working Time Directive

    If you are aged between 16-17, the maximum weekly hours you can work is 40 hours. You can only work a 5 day a week and you must receive two consecutive days off.

    If you are aged over 18 years old, the maximum you can work is 40 hours. You do not need to have two consecutive days off.

  • Teaching, learning and assessment

    You will be regularly assessed in the workplace by your Trainer- Coaches with testimonies from your Employer/Trainer. Case studies, pictures/videos and some written assignments/workbooks may also be used by your Assessor to check your knowledge and understanding.

  • What are the next steps in your career?

    The next step is to complete a Level 3 Apprenticeship either with your current employer or with a new employer.

    If you want to move across into a different discipline or into Racehorse Care our Recruitment team can help you apply for apprenticeship vacancies we already have.

    The equine industry is vast. In your career with horses there’ll be scope to move up the ladder, across disciplines and it can even take you abroad.

    Take a look at our Groom Career Path, click here!

Pathways

There are four pathways you can take depending on the type of employer you start an apprenticeship with. You’ll need to demonstrate the required knowledge and skills at each level to complete the one you choose.

Take this route if you wish to ride horses as part of you apprenticeship. This can be across any discipline.

At Level 2 you’ll learn the rules of the school, riding terminology, and how to ride in a secure, balanced position.

At Level 3 you’ll be taught the principles of equitation theory, the use of exercises over ground poles and other key riding skills.

The non-riding pathway is for those who want to gain horse care knowledge but at the same time learn how to run a successful business.

At Level 2 you’ll learn to read customer needs and be given a further understanding of the IT systems and skills used in the workplace.

At Level 3 you’ll master the preparation of saddlery and equipment both in work and at competitions, as well as being given key insights into the significance and benefits of promoting a business through various channels.

You can complete this pathway with a competition horse or thoroughbred horse stud. Your assessment will include a full understanding of equine reproduction, care of brood mares and of foals, and how to work safely in the environment.

At Level 2 you’ll learn the methods, equipment and technology currently used to breed and register equines.

At Level 3 you’ll learn about foaling and the care of mares and neonates, including fostering and how to manage an emergency foaling situation.

Within this pathway there’s a riding or non-riding route.

At Level 2 you’ll learn how to provide care for racehorses both at home and at the races, and gain a greater understanding of the racing industry.

At Level 3 you’ll be supervising racehorses and staff on the yard and at the races, as well as handling and preparing thoroughbreds.

  • Riding

    Take this route if you wish to ride horses as part of you apprenticeship. This can be across any discipline.

    At Level 2 you’ll learn the rules of the school, riding terminology, and how to ride in a secure, balanced position.

    At Level 3 you’ll be taught the principles of equitation theory, the use of exercises over ground poles and other key riding skills.

  • Non-riding

    The non-riding pathway is for those who want to gain horse care knowledge but at the same time learn how to run a successful business.

    At Level 2 you’ll learn to read customer needs and be given a further understanding of the IT systems and skills used in the workplace.

    At Level 3 you’ll master the preparation of saddlery and equipment both in work and at competitions, as well as being given key insights into the significance and benefits of promoting a business through various channels.

  • Breeding

    You can complete this pathway with a competition horse or thoroughbred horse stud. Your assessment will include a full understanding of equine reproduction, care of brood mares and of foals, and how to work safely in the environment.

    At Level 2 you’ll learn the methods, equipment and technology currently used to breed and register equines.

    At Level 3 you’ll learn about foaling and the care of mares and neonates, including fostering and how to manage an emergency foaling situation.

  • Racing

    Within this pathway there’s a riding or non-riding route.

    At Level 2 you’ll learn how to provide care for racehorses both at home and at the races, and gain a greater understanding of the racing industry.

    At Level 3 you’ll be supervising racehorses and staff on the yard and at the races, as well as handling and preparing thoroughbreds.