Intermediate Equine Groom Apprenticeship ESM EQUESTRIAN LTD

ESM Equestrian are looking for an apprentice to join the team. This is a fabulous opportunity for someone looking to start or progress their career in the equine industry. You will be working towards an Level 2 Equine Groom Apprenticeship which includes a minimum of 12 months training, whilst working on the yard to gain experience for future roles. Duties include: indoor school, horse walking, and lunging horses in the pen.

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Closing date: 04 Mar 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Wages will increase upon successful probation period, monetary allowance is provided when away at shows.

    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

    Shifts to be confirmed with the employer. You should expect to work at least one weekend day.

    Total hours per week: 40.0

  • Expected duration

    12 Months

  • Possible start date

    12 Mar 2024

  • Date posted

    23 Nov 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

The apprentice duties will include, but not be limited to;

  • Travelling abroad to carry out grooming duties
  • When in England, fulfilling all normal yard duties
  • Caring for 20 horses
  • Outdoor school x 2
  • Indoor School
  • Horse walking
  • Lunging horses in the pen

There is no road hacking at ESM.

The training you will be getting

  • All training will be carried out at the employer's premises, with the support of the employer, and will be delivered by Haddon Training.
  • The successful candidate will be enrolled onto a Level 2 Equine Groom Apprenticeship and will undertake a minimum of 12 months of training on their journey to achievment.
  • Functional Skills in maths and English, if required.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • For the successful candidate, there may be the option to progress to the Level 3 Senior Equine Groom apprenticeship to join the ESM team. This will be discussed with the employer. 
  • An apprenticeship allows you to earn a wage, gain valuable work experience and industry specific competence.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Logical, Team working, Patience, Physical fitness


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

Things to consider

40 hour working week with wages increasing upon successful probation period. Monetary allowance also provided when away at shows. Free accommodation on site and livery is available if required (charge to be discussed with employer). Accommodation for a dog also available.

About the employer

Established in 2020, ESM Equestrian Ltd is a family-run show jumping yard with a focus on competing and producing horses and ponies for the showjumping sport. Riders Sophie and Madison are keen young professionals who have established themselves on the Youth circuit - having been selected to represent Great Britain on numerous occasions, at European Championships and Nations Cups, on both ponies and horses since 2020. Ellie has recently returned to riding after a short break to focus on her professional career, and is now aiming to jump internationally again in 2023. The girls are supported by a great team of people and everyone works together to deliver high performance and success. ESM also has a breeding programme, started in 2020, which focuses on breeding quality youngstock for showjumping - incorporating our own sport mares into the programme.







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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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