Level 2 Equine Groom Apprenticeship Valender Eventing

Valender Eventing is a top-class competition livery yard looking for a passionate candidate to join their team as a Level 2 Equine Groom Apprentice. The right candidate will be given a foundation and support to develop their equine skills and to work towards building a career in the sector. Dealing with feeding, grooming, yard duties, plus more.

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Closing date: 25 Dec 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Livery for own horse is available.

    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

    The candidate can expect to be working a 40-hour week. Weekend work may be required - candidate to discuss with the employer.

    Total hours per week: 40

  • 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

All general horse care duties will be required including:

  • Mucking out
  • Turning out
  • Grooming
  • Lunging

There is potential for the right candidate to groom at shows and support the horses and liveries. This position is open to both riders and non-riders. If you are a rider, you must be competent as riding competition horses so need plenty of experience.

The training you will be getting

All training for the Level 2 Equine Groom apprenticeship will be carried out at the employer's premises, with the support of the employer, and will be delivered by Haddon Training. 

Functional skills in maths and English (if required).

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Upon completion of the apprenticeship, the right candidate may have the opportunity to join Valender Eventing as a permanant member of the team and there may also be an opportunity to enrol onto the Level 3 Equine Groom apprenticeship. 

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

Previous equine/horse handling experience is a requirement. This position is open to both riders and non riders. If you are a rider you must be competent with competition horses.

About the employer

Valender Eventing is a top Class competition livery yard set in the Cotswold. Owned and run by Andrew and Clare Valender, services include competition livery and riding, training for both horse and riders. Clare has evented to advanced level. The yard now concentrates on producing top quality young horses up to Novice BE and BYEH. The yard is small and contained with 11 liveries and also broodmares and young stock - so an opportunity to learn about breeding and handling foals is available.


Valender Eventing





GL55 6PY

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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

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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