Nick Brooks Equestrian is based at Badgerstown and are looking for an enthusiastic apprentice. As an apprentice you will help while learning all aspects of horse care at the yard, such as dressage, show jumping and cross country along with preparing top level horses for competitions. The team are friendly and the opportunities to learn are endless.

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Closing date: 31 Oct 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

    Days and shifts are to be confirmed

    Total hours per week: 40.0

  • Expected duration

    12 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Nov 2023

  • Date posted

    01 Sep 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

All aspects of horse care e.g

  • Grooming
  • Mucking out
  • Trimming and clipping
  • Plaiting
  • Lungeing and riding
  • Health care Feeding
  • Assisting with running of events
  • Assisting with customer care and experience

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
  • There is scope for either the riding or non-riding pathway to be chosen and this will be discussed at interview. 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?

  • With the syllabus and experience gained from this qualification there is scope for the candidate to go on and specialise in areas such as rehab physiotherapy or to gain further BHS qualifications. At Nick Brooks Equestrian Yard based at Mark Todd’s Badgerstown amazing facility, there is an excellent opportunity and pathway to those looking to gain more experience in several areas of horsemanship
  • As an Apprentice Groom at an eventing competition yard you will be involved with working and training horses competing at top levels of the disciplines of dressage, show jumping and cross country. Horses whether experienced campaigners or youngsters recently backed, receive the highest level of care so you will gain both knowledge and experience ensuring they are always in top condition looking their best. You will experience and learn from the best equine trainers, vets, dentists, physios, farriers, nutritionists, saddle fitters – the list is endless

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

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


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

About the employer

Nick Brooks is an experienced 'Kiwi' Eventer currently competing up to 4* in the United Kingdom. Nick currently employs an experienced yard manager who the apprentice will be reporting to, and several other part-time team members. Nick Brooks Eventing is based at Badgerstown which has superb facilities, great access to motorways and the busy town of Swindon just a few minutes away








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Training provider



Rob Dawkins


Apprenticeship standard

Equine groom

Level 2 (GCSE)

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