Horse Care Apprentice Polwhele House School

Are you looking to build your career in the equine industry? Do you have a passion for working with horses and children? Polwhele Riding School is seeking an enthusiastic individual to join them as an Equine Apprentice.

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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

    Hours will be shift work. Shifts will be 4-5 hours between 08.00-17.00 and will form 30 hours over the week which will include some weekend work.

    Total hours per week: 30.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    14 months

  • Possible start date

    01 Oct 2017

  • Date posted

    08 Sep 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

Polwhele operate a friendly school, with excellent facilities offering riding lessons to children as young as three and opportunities to learn about horse care and management. They also have equine events for children to compete in dressage, show jumping and gymkhana as well as representing the school in external competitions.

They are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic and dedicated apprentice who is interested in a career as a Riding Instructor. You will be a self-starter, reliable and conscientious.

Within this role tasks will include:

  • Being involved in stable and field maintenance duties
  • Exercising horses
  • Riding
  • Schooling work - assistance with lead rein lessons etc
  • Feeding and watering
  • Grooming and rugging
  • Health checks
  • Stock control and maintenance of equipment
  • Mucking out/Cleaning the yard/Bedding up
  • Helping with the clients – you must be good with people of all ages.
  • Showing, dressage and eventing

This is a great opportunity for the right candidate to develop their career, learn lots of specialist skills and gain an apprenticeship qualification.

Weekly training will be provided and the candidate will need to have a DBS check.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Must be a confident and competent rider
  • Physically fit
  • Confident with large animals
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Able to work as part of a team or alone as appropriate
  • Good verbal communication skills

Personal qualities

  • Goal to become an instructor
  • Must be a confident and competent rider
  • A genuine interest in horses and their welfare
  • Enthusiastic
  • Common sense
  • Ability to use own initiative
  • Motivated
  • Responsible and mature attitude
  • Flexible and reliable
  • Healthy and fit to perform practical activities

Qualifications required

Our ideal candidate must have GCSE Grades – Two D’s or above in English and Mathematics (or equivalent qualifications) essential.

Future prospects

On successful completion of your apprenticeship the right candidate will have the opportunity to become an integral part of the team.

Things to consider

You must ensure that you have suitable travel arrangements in place to get to/from work and to attend college. The role can be physically demanding and you will be outside in varying weather conditions.

About the employer

At Polwhele House we have a wonderful riding school with excellent facilities where we can offer riding lessons and equestrian events for all children of any age or ability. Children can start riding from the age of three on small, steady ponies and progress all the way to competing in our own dressage, show jumping and gymkhana events and representing the school in external competitions on our bigger, more advanced horses and ponies. In addition to lessons, there are opportunities to learn about horse care and management in after school and holiday clubs, to go out for weekend rides on the beach and to take part in or watch demonstrations, displays and master classes with professional riders. In Years 7 and 8 pupils may apply to become a school groom. Groom duties include bringing in the ponies in the morning, feeding and grooming them in preparation for the day ahead, helping prepare the ponies for competitions and other events and stewarding for school competitions. The stable yard is a wonderful and relaxed place where many pupils enjoy spending some of their spare time participating in anything from mucking out the stables to learning how to put a bridle together to plaiting and washing the ponies ahead of travelling to an equestrian competition. Or to simply spend time with our lovely, friendly ponies.


Polwhele House School




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Training provider

You will be trained in the workplace alongside your usual duties and you will be expected to attend college one day a week or on a block release basis.  

You will work towards achieving a level 2 apprenticeship in Equine including work based and knowledge components, an employee rights and responsibilities qualification, Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS) and if required Functional Skills.

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: 24 Sep 2017