Equine Groom Apprenticeship Pony Pursuits

Pony Pursuits are looking for an Equine Groom Apprentice to join our small family run team. The right candidate will have a passion for helping to care for horses and enjoy, working with our young clients who attend our riding centre, and working and caring for horses.

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Closing date: 22 May 2024

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

    Working 5 days out of 7. Shifts are to be discussed with the successful applicant. Evenings and weekend work may be required.

    Total hours per week: 35.0

  • Expected duration

    12 Months

  • Possible start date

    29 May 2024

  • Date posted

    18 Jan 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

Pony Pursuits are a riding centre, that specialise in non-formal riding experiences, such as country hacks, ride and groom sessions, pony therapy and birthday parties. There will also be opportunities to attend public and private events.

Duties to include:

  • Mucking out
  • Grooming
  • Turning out and bringing in
  • Tacking up
  • Dealing with customers

The training you will be getting

  • You will be working towards achieving your Level 2 Equine Groom apprenticeship, and also completing your maths and English Functional Skills at Level 1 or 2 if required.
  • All training will be completed at the employer's premises by the employer and Haddon Training.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • Potential progression to the Level 3 Senior Equine Groom apprenticeship or employment for the right candidate.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Team working, Patience, Physical fitness, Happy to work outdoors


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

Things to consider

This opportunity will require working outdoors in all weathers and working with children.

About the employer

PONY PURSUITS is a 5 star riding establishment based just outside of Oxford. We offer affordable rides for Adults & Children regardless of age and experience. We have moved to our new location, Huckleberry Farm in March 2022 and all bookings will now take place there. However, later in 2023 we hope to resume Woodland Rides in Shotover Country Park, Oxford on the 2nd Saturday of every month.


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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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