Horse Care Apprentice Gingerland Livery Services

Gingerland Livery Ltd is looking for a dynamic and reliable apprentice to join their livery, breaking, schooling and hunting yard. This is a fantastic opportunity for someone who wants to work within the equine industry and who has a real passion for this industry.

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Closing date: 06 Nov 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

    The successful apprentice will be employed full time, Monday to Friday 8am – 5pm. Weekend work will apply on a one in 4 basis. Full flexibility varying between the summer and winter months is anticipated.

    Total hours per week: 40.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    15 months

  • Possible start date

    12 Nov 2017

  • Date posted

    18 Sep 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

  • Groom – working under direction
  • Mucking out
  • Handling, eg grooming, leading horses in and out from field   
  • Riding to a high standard. You will have regular lessons to support your development
  • Improving young and inexperienced horses
  • Helping to break horses
  • General stable duties
  • Cleaning tack
  • Escorting liveries hacking out, helping to give confidence
  • Being polite and helpful to clients
  • Clipping, turn out to a high standard
  • Record keeping eg. Vet and farrier records
  • Daily routine - Start 8am
  • Read the board for instructions
  • Turn out / bring horses in
  • Ride out / school / lunge / work horses
  • Brush yard
  • Clean tack
  • Groom up
  • Bring horses in

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Existing experience working or volunteering with horses / the equestrian industry is ESSENTIAL.
  • You must have an active interest to work within the industry.

Personal qualities

Gingerlands Livery Ltd are looking for a reliable, conscientious, efficient person who has a good sense of humour. As you will be working as part of a small team, being a good team member is important. As is getting on with people, we have a varied client base. Your riding and standard of work should be high, as should your regard to health and safety.

It is essential that candidates are punctual and dependable, as the daily schedule is based around the needs of the animals.

The role will require:

  • Some physical strength and character
  • Able to use own initiative
  • Problem solving abilitiies
  • Proactive
  • Diligent
  • Dependable
  • Punctual
  • Good at teamwork
  • Curious
  • Organised

Candiates should want to get on. Be conscientious - but above all must love riding and caring for horses!

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

You will be given lots of support, encouragement and motivation to achieve your goals and achieve targets set for your apprenticeship.

Qualifications required

5 GCSEs at grade C or above - including 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 licence is helpful, but is not essential, as long as you are able to get to and from the employer’s base reliably (for an 8.00am start).

Future prospects

An apprenticeship is a great way to spring board your career. Whether you stay in this position or not you will gain a valuable qualification and experience which will make you more employable within the equine industry. The ideal outcome is that you will be offered employment after your apprenticeship, so if you work hard and prove yourself then you will be considered for a job opportunity.

Things to consider

This position is in a rural location, with limited public transport links running close by. You must therefore ensure that you have suitable travel arrangements in place to get to/from work reliably. There is no accommodation available, so you will need to consider your commute. The role is physically demanding and you will be active all day in varying weather conditions. This position is available for an immediate start. The vacancy may therefore close swiftly IF a suitable candidate is found. All published dates are dependent on suitable candidates coming forward and registering appropriate interest. Weekend work will be required on a rota basis and full working hours will be discussed at interview. Flexibility is important.

About the employer

Gingerland Livery Services is a happy, friendly yard, based in beautiful countryside near Cullompton, with quiet hacking, gallops and a indoor and outdoor school. They cover all aspects of equestrianism, from point to pointers, hunters, competition livery to novice happy hackers and everything in between.


Gingerland Livery Services


Colebrook Lane


EX15 1PD

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Training provider

The Apprentice will train on the job, learning from experienced operatives.

In addition the Apprentice will work towards the Intermediate Apprenticeship in Equine.

This qualification contains

  • The Work Based Diploma in Equine Level 2
  • Functional Skills in Maths and English
  • Employee Rights and Responsibilities
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills.

Additional training by separate arrangement.

Apprenticeship framework


Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Bicton College


Recruitment Team 0845 609 95 99

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Closing date: 06 Nov 2017