Horse Care Apprentice Boskell Riding Centre

An exciting Equine Apprenticeship opportunity has arisen within Boskell Riding Centre for an individual who is wishing to build upon and develop their existing passion and skills.

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Closing date: 10 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 will be formally agreed at interview. Some regular weekend shifts will apply. Start time is likely to be 8.30am until approximately 5.30pm. Flexibility is naturally important.

    Total hours per week: 37.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    15 months

  • Possible start date

    17 Sep 2017

  • Date posted

    25 Apr 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

Boskell Riding Centre in St. Austell is wishing to appoint a motivated horse care apprentice who is looking to build their knowledge, understanding and practical expertise. A calm approach should be taken to meet the daily needs of the horses/clients and their training programmes, with specialist support offered from their small and friendly team. Typical daily tasks will include:

  • Preparing horses for use.
  • Feeding and welfare.
  • Cleaning of stables.
  • Riding and exercising.
  • Lunging.
  • Maintaining the health and well-being of horses.
  • Holding effective working relationships.
  • Loading and unloading horses under supervision.
  • Supporting the safety and overall enjoyment of clients who visit the yard.

The successful apprentice should be able to engage with those of all ages and abilities and hold ambitions to carry out additional instructor training programmes.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

Experience of riding and supporting the daily needs of horses is considered to be essential. This may be demonstrated by tending to your own horse, volunteering work carried out in a yard or through previous employment positions.

Personal qualities

Applicants applying for this position are expected to be:

  • Keen and willing to learn
  • Competent with horses
  • Hardworking
  • Dedicated
  • Practical and positive in attitude
  • Professional
  • Able to listen and work to given instructions
  • Happy and able to work outdoors in all weathers
  • Willing to be part of a team
  • Well-mannered and presentable for the role
  • Reliable and dependable
  • Seeking to uphold standards
  • Wanting to build a career in the horse care industry

A proactive approach is needed, having confidence to work alongside others and being able to work on your own initiative.

Qualifications required

2 GCSEs in English and Mathematics at grade D or above (or equivalent) are essential – however, applicants with relevant prior experience but without the stated qualifications may be considered, though must be prepared to work towards their level 1 Functional Skills qualifications.

A driving license is helpful but is not essential, as long as you are able to get to and from the employer reliably and access Duchy College for your training.

Future prospects

The appointed individual will work towards a Level 2 apprenticeship, with future prospects including continuing on with your horse care education or increased prospects of a skilled job in your chosen industry. It is hoped that an employment opportunity will offered to the apprentice upon successful completion of this apprenticeship.

Things to consider

You must ensure that you have suitable travel arrangements in place to get to work and to attend Duchy College Stoke Climsland for your regular training. The role will require you to be physically fit and happy/able to work outdoors in all weathers. The vacancy may close swiftly IF a suitable candidate is found so the published dates can therefore be flexible and will be dependent on suitable candidates coming forward and registering appropriate interest.

About the employer

Staff members at Boskell Riding Centre have 21 years experience of teaching individuals of all abilities from novice to experienced riders, with nervous riders being their specialty. Facilities of a livery are available. The yard can also support off-road hacking and direct access to the clay trails. Boskell Riding Centre also promotes a strong reputation through means of: Qualified instructors who are all first aid trained. CRB checks and child protection cover. Country Council approved. Members of the ABRS and a Pony Club Centre. Facilities including a 40 x 20 sand ménage, small cross-country course and show jumping field.


Boskell Riding Centre


Boskell Farm

Trenance Downs

St. Austell

PL25 5RG

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Training provider

The Work Based Diploma in Horse Care (Equine), Intermediate level, including:
• One day emergency first aid course
• Personal learning and thinking skills
• Building a portfolio of evidence
• Functional skills in English and Mathematics at Level 1
• Employee rights and responsibilities
• On and off the job training

Apprenticeship framework


Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Duchy College


Recruitment Team 0845 609 95 99

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Closing date: 10 Sep 2017