Senior Equine Groom Apprenticeship Layham Hall

Layham Hall are looking for a senior equine groom to support the running of their dressage yard. You will have the opportunity to learn all aspects of 5* care of horses including physiotherapy and TRT method of horse handling. Due to the working hours (45 hours per week) required, this is only available to applicants that are 18 years or older.

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Closing date: 08 Jul 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Starting at apprenticeship minimum 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

    45 hours per week, 7am - 5pm with a 1-hour lunch break. Working 5 days a week on a rota basis (TBC).

    Total hours per week: 45.0

    (the hours are based on the candidate being over 18)

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    13 Jul 2024

  • Date posted

    16 Aug 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

Layham Hall are looking to take on an apprentice equine groom. The are a top-class private dressage training stable. Head trainer is international Grand Prix rider/trainer.

You will have the opportunity to learn all aspects of 5* care of horses including physiotherapy and TRT method of horse handling.

Duties on the yard to include (but not be limited to):

  • Mucking out
  • Feeding
  • Tacking up
  • Turning out/bringing in
  • Any other reasonable duties

The training you will be getting

You will be working towards the Level 3 Senior Equine Groom apprenticeship.

All training will be completed at the employer's premises with the employer and Haddon training.

You will need to be prepared to work towards level 2 in Functional Skills maths and/ or English if you have not already achieved a grade 4 or above in these subjects.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

There may be an opportunity to become head groom on the yard and also gain your HGV licence.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Team working, Initiative, Physical fitness


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

Things to consider

This role will require working outdoors in all weathers, so any applicant must be comfortable with that. It is also a physically demanding role so physical fitness is important. Please note this is strictly an non-smoking yard. Accommodation is available onsite, however there is no option to put your own horse into livery.

About the employer

Layham Hall was established in 2000. It is a world class dressage facility located in Suffolk, England, one hour from London by train and convenient to Stansted and London City Airport. Layham Hall is a continuation of the successful 30 year collaboration of Linda Keenan and Kenneth Dyrby which was known in the US as The Tryon Group (South Carolina and Wellington Florida).


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Adjustments for experience

You could reduce your training time, or finish your apprenticeship faster, if you have relevant prior learning or experience. This could be relevant:

  • training
  • qualifications, like an NVQ in a relevant field
  • industry or sector experience



Apprenticeship standard

Senior equine groom

Level 3 (A level)

Demonstrating experience

If your application is successful, you will have a chance to discuss your relevant prior learning or experience with your training provider and employer. You will all need to agree any adjustments to your training plan.

You should be prepared to show your competence, and evidence of relevant qualifications

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