Sirona Therapeutic Horsemanship are offering an exciting opportunity to join their team as an Equine Groom Apprentice. This is a fantastic opportunity to gain an insight into the Equine industry and develop new skills.

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Closing date: 08 Jan 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage

    £8,236.80 to £16,255.20

    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

    Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm. 2-3 hours occasional weekend work cover required, either as overtime or swap weekday hours as preferred.

    Total hours per week: 30

  • Expected duration

    15 Months

  • Possible start date

    22 Jan 2024

  • Date posted

    17 Nov 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

The ideal candidate is positive and flexible and will be willing to work across five days possibly including some Saturdays.

The main duties include:

  • Mucking out and field maintenance - muck picking, fencing, weed control etc
  • Turning out and bringing in horses
  • Feeding, grooming and assisting with clipping
  • Changing rugs and tacking up
  • Exercising horses and ponies both ridden and in-hand (ability to ride ponies under 14hh would be an advantage) and liberty, lunging and long reining - tuition included depending on experience
  • Assisting instructors on therapeutic sessions if required
  • Supporting volunteers and work experience students
  • Keeping the yard and buildings clean and tidy
  • Assisting with general running and managing yard duties including other animal care
  • Assisting on events such as courses and open days

A successful employer interview will be followed by a trial period.

The training you will be getting

You will be working towards a Level 2 Equine Groom apprenticeship standard.

You will receive on and off the job training and support from an assessor and an apprenticeship advisor.

You will be required to attend Duchy College Stoke Climsland on a weekly basis as part of the apprenticeship training.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship there may be the opportunity to progress to a Level 3 apprenticeship and to secure further paid employment.

There may be an option to undertake a Level 3 Equine-Assisted Services qualification at Sirona if interested in Equine-Assisted Therapy/Learning as a future career.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Team working, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade D/3) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade D/3) Essential

Things to consider

Sirona is located on a bus route to Dartington - 10 minute walk. Possible option to bring own horse will be considered (if it fits into our free-range herd).

About the employer

Sirona Therapeutic Horsemanship is located just outside Totnes and provides equine-assisted therapy and learning to vulnerable and disadvantaged young people and adults with support needs supported by therapists, social workers and teachers. Sirona is a small, relaxed and friendly yard with between 7-10 horses and ponies alongside other animals such as dogs, cats, chickens and two goats. Sirona is set on the beautiful Dartington estate with fantastic off-road hacking together with arena and a round pen for liberty/join up work. 1:1 instruction with our BHSIA. Options to undertake free in-house training in Child Protection, Mental Health, First Aid, Equine-Assisted Interactions etc.




Buckhams Stables

Old School Farm

Dartington Hall


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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 Team


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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