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Equine Groom Apprentice Bicton College

Bicton College Equestrian Centre are seeking a motivated and hardworking individual to join them as an Apprentice. The successful individual will receive full training from the team, as well as access to Bicton's clinics and shows.

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Closing date: 05 Sep 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

    Monday to Sunday on a rota basis, which will include some weekend working. Hours will be discussed in full at interview.

    Total hours per week: 37.00

  • Expected duration

    15 months

  • Possible start date

    12 Sep 2022

  • Date posted

    14 Mar 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

Bicton College is looking to recruit an apprentice to join our equine team.

Duties will include caring for a wide variety of horses along with varied day to day activities. You will be part of a busy college yard, supporting college learners and assisting the team with running events at the college where required.

The ideal candidate must be someone willing to working at weekends and bank holidays on a rota basis as well as working with some flexibility to meet business needs

The main duties will include:

  • Mucking/skipping out
  • Turning out/ bringing in horses
  • Feeding
  • Changing rugs
  • Assisted clipping
  • Exercising various horses (riding & lunging depending on experience)
  • Tacking up
  • Bathing
  • Loading and unloading horses onto horse walker
  • Competition preparations
  • Grooming for riders at equine events or helping college events run smoothly
  • Assisting instructors and managers during clinic/events
  • General field maintenance
  • Assisting with general running and managing yard duties
  • Working with other college learners

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Teamwork skills
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Able to work as part of a team or alone as appropriate
  • Good verbal communication skills

Personal qualities

  • Be able to cope with the physical demands of the role
  • Be confident with large animals
  • A genuine interest in horses and their welfare
  • Enthusiastic
  • Common sense
  • Ability to use own initiative

Desired qualifications

GCSE grades C/4 and above for English and maths to meet course entry requirement.

NVQ level 1, Pony Club or BHS qualifications preferred, but not essential.

Future prospects

Future prospects to be discussed on completion of Level 2. An option may be to continue on and study level 3.

Things to consider

Own transport is helpful due to public transport not running on weekends.

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

Additional training towards the British Horse Society exams will be available. 

About the employer

Bicton College is a leading land-based college set within an area of outstanding natural beauty in the heart of Devon. The grounds comprise 200 hectares of open parkland and rolling countryside; a majestic Georgian manor house overlooks the beautiful lake and sits alongside the latest in modern facilities and equipment. Bicton College is located a mere five minutes from the south coast with its selection of beaches, towering cliffs and seaside towns, and twenty minutes from the regional capital of Exeter.


Bicton College


Budleigh Salterton


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Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Bicton College


Abbie 01209616422

  • As part of this apprenticeship, you will need to achieve the Level 2 Equine Groom qualification, before undertaking the final End Point Assessment
  • Assessor support will be provided in the workplace
  • College attendance will be required at our Bicton campus.
  • You will be required to undertake Functional Skills Level 1 in English and mathematics (if not already held)

Apprenticeship standard

Equine groom

Level 2 (GCSE)

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