Apprentice Groom DOWNGATE FARM LLP

We are looking for an apprentice to assist in our 5-star family run Livery Yard. This will involve the general care of horses. The duties will also include cleaning and maintaining the stables and equipment. It is a friendly working environment, and you will have the opportunity to learn a great deal and work alongside lovely horses and people.

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Closing date: 09 Oct 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage

    £10,982.40 to £21,673.60

    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

    5 days per week with one of these days at college. The exact days and timings will depend on what we feel works, but this may include weekends. The apprenticeship can be very flexible in relation to working patterns. 30-40 hours per week.

    Total hours per week: 40

  • Expected duration

    15 Months

  • Possible start date

    10 Oct 2023

  • Date posted

    27 Jul 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

The apprentice will undertake general stable duties which include:

  • Mucking out of horses' stables
  • The general care of the horses
  • The maintenance of tack and equipment related to horses

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

The apprentice will receive a Level 2 Equine Groom apprenticeship qualification, which will include:

  • 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.

Training at Plumpton College will be one day per week during term time.

You will achieve an intermediate apprenticeship upon successful completion of your end point assessment.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

The apprenticeship will give you the skills and experience to work independently in the industry, and secure employment at various stables and work with horses. 

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Logical, Team working, Initiative, Patience, Physical fitness, Past experience with horses


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

Things to consider

From a practical point of view, it would be ideal for people who live within 40 minutes of our Yard at TN21 9PD to apply however, we will accept applications for others who live further away as long as they have researched travel options to ensure, they can make it to the yard on time for an early start. Being able to drive is also advised as the role is in a rural setting with limited public transport. This is a job that you will be working in all weather conditions, so a genuine passion for the industry and animals is required.

About the employer

Cindy Llewellyn is a partner of Downgate Farm LLP Livery and runs a small livery yard based at her home. This is a quiet, private yard for the families' own horses and has some spaces available for livery. A small team of experienced staff ensure that all the horses receive the best care possible. The 5-star facilities at Downgate Farm near Heathfield includes: a large, airy American Barn, each horse has its own front and back top door; a covered 5-horse walker; a separate surfaced and enclosed lunge pen; a 500m x 1.5m sand trot/canter track; individual turnout paddocks; secure alarmed tack rooms, solarium and wash bay; excellent off-road hacking; a 25 x 60m wax surfaced school with dressage boards, show jumps, XC type fences; a solarium wash bay perfect for washing down and keeping the horses clean and tidy.







TN21 9PD


Cindy Llewellyn


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Training provider



Cindy Llewellyn

01435 830218

Apprenticeship standard

Equine groom

Level 2 (GCSE)

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