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.

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Closing date: 24 Sep 2017

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


    Wages explained

    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).

  • Working week

    Working hours are from 7.30am to 5.30pm (with a one hour break for lunch and at least two half hour breaks during the day - unpaid). 5 days per week including weekends on a rotational basis.

    Total hours per week: 40.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    15 months

  • Possible start date

    02 Oct 2017

  • Date posted

    18 Apr 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

The morning routine includes all yard duties including: 

  • Feeding
  • 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

Desired skills

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.

Personal qualities

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.

Qualifications required

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.

Future prospects

When finished you can carry on working, maybe get promoted or go on to higher education in a college or university.

Things to consider

Working with horses is fun and rewarding but is also hard work physically and you will be required to work outdoors in all weathers. There are no public transport links to the location so you should consider how you will travel to and from work. You will be entitled to 20 days holiday plus 8 days bank holidays that may be taken in lieu if the rota dictates that the public holiday falls on a working day. As an apprentice of Guildford College (Merrist Wood) you will be entitled to apply for an NUS card and have access to all our facilities including library and Gym membership. Please follow the below link to read about the most up to date Rules and Regulations regarding working hours within the EU: https://www.gov.uk/maximum-weekly-working-hours/overview

About the employer

Westfield Equestrian is a private livery yard based on the outskirts of Odiham. We provide stabling and care for 30 horses, belonging to the owners and their clients. The horses range from casual riding horses to top competition horses.


Westfield Equestrian


Westfield Farm




RG29 1HX

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Training provider

  • 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)

Apprenticeship framework


Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Guildford College Of Further & Higher Education


Kim Bushell 01483 884003 kbushell@guildford.ac.uk

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Closing date: 24 Sep 2017