Equine Apprenticeship Westfield Equestrian
We are looking for an apprentice to join our team this summer to help with the care and exercise of the horses and general yard work.
Closing date: 24 Sep 2017
The current National Minimum Wage for an apprentice is £3.50 an hour. This rate applies to apprentices under 19 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year.
Apprentices must be paid at least the minimum wage rate for their age if they are aged 19 or over and have completed their first year.
The minimum wage rates are £5.60 an hour for 18-20 year olds and £7.05 for anyone aged 21 and over.
Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that’s part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).
Total hours per week: 40.00
Possible start date
02 Oct 2017
18 Apr 2017
Intermediate Level Apprenticeship
The morning routine includes all yard duties including:
- Turning out
- Mucking out
- Cleaning and tidying the yard
In addition, the full livery horses and the owners' horses are groomed, hacked or lunged and sometimes schooled depending on the rider’s ability.
The afternoon yard routine involves:
- Bringing horses in
- Changing rugs
- Picking out feet
- Checking over and rugging-up appropriately
- Skipping out and feeding and topping up hay and water
- Finally tack cleaning and setting the yard fair
There are no late-night duties as these are done by the owner.
In addition, attendance with vets, farriers, physios etc. will be required.
Requirements and prospects
Experience of working with horses would be a significant advantage but not essential as full training can be given. Riding ability to a minimum of BHS stage I level would be required if any riding is to be included. Otherwise this would be a straight groom’s position.
A calm and cheerful personality is best suited to working around horses who at times can be highly-strung and frustrating. A genuine love of horses and a willingness to learn is most important.
GCSE Grade C (4) in English and Maths are desirable.
GCSE Grade E (2/3) in English and Maths or above essential.
Please note you may be required to complete an initial Maths and English assessment if you cannot evidence the above.
Things to consider
About the employer
- Level 2 Diploma in Workbased Horse Care
- Level 2 Award in the Principles of Horse Care
- Functional Skills in English and Mathematics
- Employee Rights and Responsibilities (ERR)
- Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS)
Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Guildford College Of Further & Higher Education
Kim Bushell 01483 884003 email@example.com
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Closing date: 24 Sep 2017