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Level 2 Apprentice Assistant Yard Manager Ashleworth Centre of Equestrian Services

We are seeking a dedicated, enthusiastic and reliable apprentice with good communication skills and a love of horses. They must want to further their knowledge and skills both yard work and in the saddle. They must have workman like ethics and pride themselves on a high standard of care and attention to detail.

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Closing date: 31 Jan 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


    Wages explained

    Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

    Minimum Wage Rates

  • Working week

    Working weekdays can vary but will be discussed and agreed in advance. Hours will normally, but not necessarily, be worked over 5½ days per week and will be discussed in interview.

    Total hours per week: 35.00

  • Expected duration

    24 months

  • Possible start date

    04 Feb 2022

  • Date posted

    20 Sep 2021

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

Duties will include:  

  • Mucking out stables and care of equipment
  • Assist with providing hay, feed or supplements and water the horses 
  • Grooming, saddling, unsaddling and bathing horses
  • Taking the horses out to the field and bringing in 
  • Assisting with clipping 
  • Stable management and care of the horses 
  • Dealing with livery clients 
  • Handling horses for the veterinarian, farrier or trainer during medical or other treatments
  • Possibility of attending shows 
  • Riding - dependent on experience 
  • Groundwork (when experienced)
  • In hand work
  • Lunging
  • Keeping the yard and associated areas clean and tidy 
  • Other associated duties as reasonably directed 

You will be expected to behave in a right and proper manner at all times according to the standards set by ACES.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Some experience with horses
  • Ability to use internet books and journals for research
  • Ability to use computer for completing Level 2
  • Ability to ride safe, reliable horse on the flat
  • Good communications skills
  • Good interpersonal skills

Personal qualities

  • Empathy with horses and passionate about all things equine
  • Willingness to learn and listen
  • Positive attitude
  • Prepared to work in all weathers
  • Ability to complete self-study willingly
  • Ability to be flexible
  • Self-motivated and able to use own initiative
  • A sense of humour and the ability to see the funny side of things

Desired qualifications

  • GCSE English and maths at grade 3 (D) or above or equivalent qualifications are desirable

Future prospects

  • Opportunity to go on to Advanced Apprentice if doing Intermediate Apprentice
  • Opportunity to compete in various disciplines if reaching required riding ability
  • Opportunity to train for and take BHS Exams in order to gain additional qualifications

Things to consider

  • This is a live-in position
  • In terms of working hours - in the event of working in excess of 40 hours per week, time off will be given in lieu. However, there are some weeks when the hours are considerably less and this must also be taken into consideration over a period of time. This will include some ‘early morning’ and ‘late night yards’
  • Depending on number of applicants, this position may close early so early application is advised

Role requires:

  • Working outdoors in all weathers
  • Stamina as some physical work is required
  • The ability to get out of bed early in the morning when it’s still dark outside!
  • The ability to cope with disappointment as competing horses doesn’t always go how you want
  • Rural environment
  • Not to ‘clock watch’

About the employer

Small, professional, family run training and livery yard in Gloucestershire near the River Severn. Competition horses to happy hackers. Training under the guidance of a BHSI (HT) and UKCC Level 3 Coach, BE Accredited Coach. We have been training and guiding apprentices for over 18 years and have knowledge and experience in what the industry needs.


Ashleworth Centre of Equestrian Services


Goss Farm

The Green


GL19 4HU

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Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Warwickshire College


Lorna Walters

Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship in Equine Groom:

  • Level 2 Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours (Safe Working Practices, Yard and Field Routines and Duties, Horse Anatomy, Physiology and Welfare, Horse Handling, Care and Appearance)
  • Functional Skills in English and maths (if not already achieved)

Apprenticeship standard

Equine groom

Level 2 (GCSE)

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