Level 2 Equine Groom Apprenticeship DLS Equestrian

DLS Equestrian are looking for a friendly, happy, reliable, hard working and resilient person to join their team as an equine apprentice. The right candidate will be given a foundation to develop their skills in the equine sector at an established yard where opportunities for further progression are bountiful.

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Closing date: 25 Dec 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Wage is very competitive: Under 18's £5.50/ 18 & over £6.83

  • Working week

    Days are flexible but will need to be at least one weekend day. Hours are usually mainly a morning but can change with the seasons. Flexibility required.

    Total hours per week: 30

  • Expected duration

    15 Months

  • Possible start date

    27 Dec 2023

  • Date posted

    13 Nov 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

For the successful candidate, duties will include:

  • All yard duties
  • Competition preperation
  • Land/yard maintainance
  • Insight into how a yard business is ran

The training you will be getting

  • All training for the Level 2 Equine Groom apprenticeship is undertaken at the employer's premises, with the support of the employer, and delivered by Haddon Training
  • Functional Skills in maths and English if needed 

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • Permanant employement upon completion for the right candidate and possibility of training toward BHS exams

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

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


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

Things to consider

Possible livery for own horse. No accommodation available. It is essential that you have some experience of horses and need to be competent in handling them. There is an opportunity to ride/exercise horses but this is not required for the role. Reliability is paramount as well as a keen-ness to learn and a genuine passion and love for horses.

About the employer

DLS Equestrian, run in association with Woodville Livery, is an all-inclusive full livery service run by eventer Donna Smith which caters for up to 20 horses. Lovely yard, with lots of further opportunities for a Level 2 or 3 apprentice. Donna Smith is a List 3 British Dressage Judge, BHSAI & Event/ Dressage Rider. Donna was also previously an event groom to CCI***** level.


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Training provider


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

Equine groom

Level 2 (GCSE)

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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