Start your learning adventure

This apprenticeship has been designed for an Equine Groom career path. This is an ideal course for those who wish to begin to develop within the industry but have limited experience working with horses within an equine business. 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.

“An apprenticeship enables you to use your initiative and learn as you work.  It has taught me so much more than college would have.”

Lydia Scholey; Equine Groom Apprentice

This apprenticeship will:

  • Ensure apprentices are trained to become a fully competent member of staff.
  • Provide the skills and knowledge needed to be consistent in their 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 Equine Groom Level 2 apprenticeships.

  • The role of an equine groom

    The role is wide-ranging and covers

    • Yard and field routines and duties.
    • Horse handling, care and appearance.
    • Saddlery and equipment.
    • Preparing horses for travel.
    • Horse anatomy, physiology and welfare.

     

    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. Working in the equine industry requires dedication and commitment, as well as, learning and adhering to safe working practices, being flexible and prepared to work in all weather conditions.

  • Entry Requirements

    To apply for this apprenticeship you will need to be of school leaver age.

    If you have already completed any of the following then a Senior Equine Groom apprenticeship may be for you:

    • Level 2 in Horse Care through college
    • BHS Stage 2

     

    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.

    You will have to complete your Functional Skills at Level 2 to achieve the full qualification. Teaching and support for Maths and English will be given in the workplace and contextualised to the working environment.

  • Teaching, learning and assessment

    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 a career?

    The equine industry is vast. There will be scope to move up the ladder, or across the disciplines, and Haddon Training can support each individual apprentice’s goals.  We have a variety of progression routes available for our apprentices; this could be progressing onto our Senior Equine Groom apprenticeship, or perhaps developing into a Learning Mentor role. Each assigned Trainer-Coach will be there to help their apprentice decide on the next step that is right for them.

    .

If you have a passion for horses, apply today or view our current vacancies 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 2 you’ll learn the rules of the school, riding terminology, and how to ride in a secure, balanced position.

If you choose to progress to 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 assist with the organisation of the yard.

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.

If you choose to progress to 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.

If you choose to progress to 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.

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

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

    If you choose to progress to 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 assist with the organisation of the yard.

    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.

    If you choose to progress to 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.

    If you choose to progress to 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.

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