The next step in your learning adventure

This apprenticeship has been designed for the job role requirements of the Senior Equine Groom. This programme is aimed at those with some experience of working with horses in an equine business, who wish to acquire an advanced level of horse care understanding, alongside developing the ability to coordinate the day to day care of horses, and the skills to manage a team in the workplace.

The apprenticeship can be tailored to different specialisms including riding, yard-based (non-riding), breeding, and racing.  It will give a solid foundation in horse care and a strong start to a career working with horses.

“My apprenticeship is by far the best thing I have ever done, I wish I could do it again!”

Nyah Milward, Former Advanced Apprentice 


This apprenticeship will:

  • Ensure apprentices are trained to become a fully competent senior member of staff.
  • Provide the skills and knowledge needed to be consistent in their level of work.
  • Increase confidence in working with horses, in a team and in the workplace.
  • Allow apprentices to work at the commercial speed equine employers expect.

Haddon Training is proud to have a 100% First Time Pass Rate for Senior Equine Groom Level 3 apprenticeships.

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  • The role of a Senior Equine Groom

    The role of a Senior Groom is wide-ranging, including:

    • 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.

    All apprentices will be entering professional employment in this popular industry; receiving a contract of employment and being paid in line with the Apprentice National Minimum Wage and current Government guidance.

  • Entry requirements

    To apply for this apprenticeship you will need to be of school leaver age and you will need to have been an EU resident for a minimum of 3 years.

    To be eligible to apply for this apprenticeship can no longer be in any full-time education; school, college, university or on another apprenticeship or have completed a Level 3 in Horse Care or Level 4 qualification or higher (Foundation Degree or Degree) in an Equine subject. To complete the Senior Groom Apprenticeship you will need to have a Level 2 qualification in Horse Care or the equivalent experience.

    If you are still in full-time education; school, college, university, on another apprenticeship, or just unsure of your suitability just contact our friendly team to discuss.

  • Maths and English

    Maths and English will be included in the delivery of the programme; unless you have achieved Grade A-C or 4-9 at GCSE level, or a Level 2 Functional Skills qualification.

    For the Level 3 Senior Equine Groom Apprenticeship, all apprentices need to achieve level 2 English and maths prior to completion of their Apprenticeship, unless they hold an equivalent qualification already.

    Teaching and support for Maths and English will be given in the workplace and contextualised to the working environment.

  • Teaching, learning and assessment

    Apprentices will be regularly assessed in the workplace by their Trainer-Coach with testimonies from the relevant Employer/Trainer.

    Throughout the apprenticeship journey, every learner will learn the core apprenticeship components, taking part in monthly sessions with their Trainer-Coach, accessing different learning systems and spending time learning new skills, knowledge and behaviours whilst at work.  The Equine Groom apprenticeship is then assessed by a final end point assessment (EPA).

    Every four months the apprentice will sit practice tests and assessments in preparation for their EPA.  Once they are ready they will sit a knowledge test, be observed at work and take part in a professional discussion. These are all designed to prove competence in the workplace and each of our learners is fully supported in their preparation for this.

    All our Trainer-Coaches are experts in the equine industry and will be on hand to support apprentices throughout their apprenticeship.  They will check knowledge and understanding through a variety of methods including written assignments, workbooks, tailored resources, and observations before agreeing for a learner to sit their final endpoint assessment.

  • What are the next steps in your career?

    After completing a Level 3 Apprenticeship it is possible to be hired as a fully qualified and highly competent member of staff.

    If you want to move into higher education the apprenticeship does not carry UCAS points but it does give you industry experience and a thorough understanding of horse care, which will help enhance your application to do a Foundation Degree or full Degree.

    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.

Please click the tabs to view the varying apprenticeship pathways open to Haddon Training apprentices

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

At Level 3 you’ll be taught the knowledge and skills for cleaning and preparing saddlery and equipment, the influence of rider position, the principles of equitation theory and training, the use of exercises over ground poles and other key riding skills, including jumps and courses.

You will also learn the importance of following owner’s, employer’s and manager’s instructions for schooling or exercising.

The non-riding pathway is for those who want to gain horse care knowledge but at the same time learn how to assist with the organisation of the yard

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, whilst develop office skills. 

You will also learn the importance of tendering and checking the quality of supplies and suppliers, as well as What is involved in, and how to plan and organise an event, show or activity.

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

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 and weaning methods.

You will also learn about Pedigrees, stud contracts, Codes of Practice, veterinary certificates and the importance of accurate, confidential recording in a global industry.

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

At Level 3 you’ll be learning the supervision of thoroughbred racehorses and the specific exercise regimes used in the racing industry to prepare and train horses to race.

You will also learn the effective supervision of horses and staff in the racing yard, on the gallops, at the races and at public sales venues.

Please click here for details on our racing apprenticeships.

  • Pathways

    Please click the tabs to view the varying apprenticeship pathways open to Haddon Training apprentices

  • Riding

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

    At Level 3 you’ll be taught the knowledge and skills for cleaning and preparing saddlery and equipment, the influence of rider position, the principles of equitation theory and training, the use of exercises over ground poles and other key riding skills, including jumps and courses.

    You will also learn the importance of following owner’s, employer’s and manager’s instructions for schooling or exercising.

  • Non-riding

    The non-riding pathway is for those who want to gain horse care knowledge but at the same time learn how to assist with the organisation of the yard

    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, whilst develop office skills. 

    You will also learn the importance of tendering and checking the quality of supplies and suppliers, as well as What is involved in, and how to plan and organise an event, show or activity.

  • Breeding

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

    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 and weaning methods.

    You will also learn about Pedigrees, stud contracts, Codes of Practice, veterinary certificates and the importance of accurate, confidential recording in a global industry.

  • Racing

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

    At Level 3 you’ll be learning the supervision of thoroughbred racehorses and the specific exercise regimes used in the racing industry to prepare and train horses to race.

    You will also learn the effective supervision of horses and staff in the racing yard, on the gallops, at the races and at public sales venues.

    Please click here for details on our racing apprenticeships.