Equestrian Centre Apprentice Catherine Chester

This is a fantastic opportunity for someone who is serious about starting a career in the equine industry particularly in horsemanship and equestrian education. Great opportunity, fantastic future development and working in a professional organisation.

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Closing date: 28 Aug 2017

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


  • Working week

    37.5 hrs on a rota basis

    Total hours per week: 37.50

  • Apprenticeship duration

    12 months

  • Possible start date

    04 Sep 2017

  • Date posted

    10 Mar 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

Under the instruction of an FEI International instructor and international show jumper, your education will be intense, but informative and enjoyable.

They are a cosy and friendly yard with plenty of knowledge base from the ground up.

They are looking for an experienced rider and groom who wants to take their skills to another level of expertise and there may be some competing available for the right person.

You will carry out daily tasks required to maintain the health and welfare of the horses within the Equine centre, duties will include:

  • Exercising horses in the yard
  • Riding
  • Feeding
  • Grooming and rugging
  • Health checks
  • Stock control and maintenance of equipment
  • Mucking out/ Cleaning the yard
  • Support the students and Assistant Yard Managers
  • Assist with competitions and events
  • To report cases where horses show health related issues to an appropriate person
  • To assist with maintaining the hygiene of the horses, buildings, yard and associated resources
  • To follow and help maintain stock control procedures for materials and equipment
  • To represent the employer positively and effectively at all times.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Enjoy practical work
  • Able to cope with the physical demands of the job
  • Able to undertake manual work
  • Able to handle animals with confidence and patience
  • Enjoy working outdoors
  • Able to work for long hours and in all kinds of weather conditions
  • Able to work both in a team and with limited social contact

Personal qualities

  • Must use your own initiative
  • Be a problem solver
  • Proactive
  • Diligent
  • Punctual
  • Dexterous
  • Work well in a team
  • Have a sense of humour

Qualifications required

Two Grade D's or above in Maths and English GCSE (or equivalent).

Future prospects

An apprenticeship is a great way to spring board your career into farming. Whether you continue at this farm or not you will gain a valuable qualification and experience which will make you more employable within the industry.

Things to consider

Accommodation could be offered at the employer's premises. The Apprentice will train on the job, learning from experienced operatives. Apprenticeship National Minimum Wage (ANMW): From 1st October 2016 The National Minimum Wage (NMW) rate for apprentices is £3.40 per hour. From April 2017 this rises to £3.50 per hour. This applies to 16-18 year old apprentices and those aged 19 and over in the first year of their Apprenticeship. For all other apprentices the National Minimum wage appropriate to their age applies. The Minimum Wage for Apprentices applies to time spent on the job plus time spent training. For more information visit: www.gov.uk/national-minimum-wage-rates

About the employer

The equestrian centre was established in 2009 by Catherine Chester and her family on the grounds of her 50 acre farm set in the hamlet of Halsway, near Crowcombe, West Somerset. The centre is run by Catherine and together with a team of friendly, experienced and qualified instructors, coaches and office staff, offers a welcoming and professional environment for people wishing to ride. The Centre provides equestrian education to every one of all ages and abilities. We help people reach personal goals from sitting on a horse for the first time to developing high-level dressage, show- jumping and cross-country skills. Our centre is a safe and nurturing environment where people of all abilities will be taught by our highly qualified and experienced instructors and coaches.


Catherine Chester


Lower Halsway




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Training provider

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

You will work towards achieving:

  • Level 2 apprenticeship in Equine including work based and knowledge components,
  • Employee rights and responsibilities qualification
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS)
  • If required Functional Skills
  • In addition the apprentice will need to achieve the Pesticide Spraying qualification and this will be included with the course.

Apprenticeship framework


Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Bicton College


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Closing date: 28 Aug 2017