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Bourton Vale Equestrian Centre is a riding school and hacking centre offering a paid NVQ Level 2 position. We offer high levels of training both in horse care and riding, with over 24 good-natured, talented horses on-site. The role is a fun one with minimum yard work, lots of hacking (on foot and on horseback), assisting lessons and pony days.

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Closing date: 28 Feb 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

    Monday - Friday, 9am to 5pm, may include some weekend work and bank holidays.

    Total hours per week: 40

  • Expected duration

    12 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Mar 2023

  • Date posted

    19 Jan 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

There’s minimal mundane yard work to be done, with most of the work offered being escorting hacks or preparing horses - each day you’ll meet wonderful new people, and be able to explore the beautiful countryside from horseback or foot as you escort hacks. We also offer expert tuition to many local adults and children that you may be required to assist with (such as leading in lessons).

Apprentices receive full training in various areas including:

  • Riding (hacking, schooling and jumping)
  • Horse care (leading horses to and from the field, grooming, basic first aid, clipping, tack cleaning, mucking out, field maintenance, etc.)

Subject to experience, further ridden opportunities may arise such as schooling and bringing on young horses, etc.

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

This is a 100% work-based learning apprenticeship of which the successful candidate will be awarded the Level 2 Equine Groom apprenticeship.

Enrolling on to an apprenticeship programme is a serious commitment. To achieve the qualification and be successful in your job you will need to be hard working, prepared to work outdoors in all weather and often at weekends.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

·         Level 3 NVQ Work Based Horse Care, Management & Riding which Bourton Vale Equestrian Centre can put you through

·         Progression to a more senior role at BVEC should a vacancy arise

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Logical, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience, Physical fitness


GCSE or equivalent Maths and English (Grade GCSE C/4 or above) Desired

Things to consider

It's a mainly outdoors job working in all weathers with animals - so patient, kind and outdoors lover (even in rain!) is essential!

About the employer

Bourton Vale Equestrian Centre is a friendly, professional riding school in the heart of the Cotswolds. We offer expert tuition and scenic rides around the picturesque villages of Lower and Upper Slaughter. We are immensely proud of our kind, good natured horses and offer riding for everyone – from complete beginner to the more advanced.




Bourton Vale Equestrian Centre,

College Farm,

Stow Bridge

GL54 2HN

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Training provider



Rob Dawkins

Apprenticeship standard

Equine groom

Level 2 (GCSE)

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