This is an ideal opportunity for those who want to develop a career within the equine industry and who wish to develop the core skills, knowledge and behaviours that are required when working with horses. The apprenticeship offers two specialisms; a riding pathway and yard-based non-riding pathway. It will give a strong foundation in horse care.

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Closing date: 27 Mar 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual 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

    The working week is 5 days. 8am-5pm with one hour for lunch. The working week includes one weekend day. One day will be spent at Plumpton College.

    Total hours per week: 40

  • Expected duration

    12 Months

  • Possible start date

    28 Mar 2023

  • Date posted

    07 Jan 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

Duties can vary day to day but in general, you will undertake:

  • General stable duties. Mucking out and feeding horses.
  • Grooming and caring for the horses.
  • Schooling, exercising and general riding. 

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

Qualifications Gained

  • L2 Equine Groom Apprenticeship at Pass or Distinction

The qualification will involve:

  • Yard & Field Routines & Duties
  • Horse Anatomy, Physiology & Welfare
  • Horse Handling Care & Welfare
  • Saddlery & Equipment
  • Travelling Horses
  • Non-Ridden Exercise
  • Riding / Non-riding (can choose either pathway)
  • English and maths: Apprentices without level 2 English and maths must achieve level 1 and take the test for level 2 before taking the end-point assessment.

Assessment Breakdown

  • You will follow a training program to complete the Apprenticeship requirements and meet the knowledge, skills and behaviours required for you to be fully competent.
  • You will be employed in the industry and train with your employer and training provider to develop your evidence.
  • Your progress is tracked throughout the Apprenticeship through an Equine Groom Skills Passport as a learning record.
  • You will create and maintain a mandatory Portfolio in order to provide supporting evidence that will be needed to supplement the Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours observed by the Independent Assessor at the End-Point Assessment. The portfolio will be used as evidence for a Professional Discussion.
  • You will keep a record of Off the Job Training – this is training that must occur for a minimum of 20% of the time that you are in paid to work and is training delivered outside your normal working duties – to develop a wider understanding of the industry.
  • You will sit a multiple-choice knowledge test as part of your end point assessment.

On site training will be 4 days a week, allowing 1 day a week at Plumpton College.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

  • You can use this qualification to continue in employment
  • You can progress to the L3 Senior Groom Apprenticeship
  • You could progress to a full time L3 Programme at College

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Customer care skills, Team working, Initiative, Patience, Physical fitness, Cheerful disposition


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4) Desired
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4) Desired

Things to consider

Bolney is a village so it is desirable that you can reliably travel to and from the area.

About the employer

We specialise in selling all types of horses and ponies. From family cobs to competition horses. We also act as sales agents, selling privately owned horses and ponies. The business has been established for over 30 years and we have a lot of experience of matching horses and riders. We have great trial facilities available and welcome any vets or trainers to visit. Transport nationally and internationally can be arranged. A wide selection of young stock is available, including homebred and imported Irish youngsters. We usually have ponies, cobs and competition horses for sale. All youngsters are well handled and checked.







RH17 5SA

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Training provider


Apprenticeship standard

Equine groom

Level 2 (GCSE)

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