Equine Groom Apprentice - Riding School Brook Cottage Farm Riding School

Brook Cottage Farm, a BHS approved riding school, are looking for a passionate apprentice to join their friendly team. With over 30 horses, and lessons every day, there is lots to do and lots to learn. The successful candidate will be given the platform and support to develop their skills and launch a career in the equine sector.

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Closing date: 31 Jul 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

    The successful candidate can expect to be working 30 hours per week, with shifts to be discussed with the employer.

    Total hours per week: 30

  • Expected duration

    15 Months

  • Possible start date

    05 Aug 2024

  • Date posted

    25 Jan 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

Yard duties

General care, which includes:

  • Mucking out (though most horse live out)
  • Turning out/bringing in
  • Tack cleaning
  • Grooming
  • Tacking up and untacking for lessons / exercise
  • Feeding
  • Clipping/pulling/trimming

Riding and schooling: 

  • Flat work, jumping
  • Hacking and lunging a range of horses and ponies, from youngsters to school masters.

Dealing with clients: 

  • Fitting hats and body protectors
  • Taking bookings and payments
  • Helping with lessons

The training you will be getting

  • Full training will be given by the team at Brook Cottage Farm Riding School, as well as continual support and guidance to gain the skills required from experienced equine training provider, Haddon Training.
  • Functional Skills in maths and English if required

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • After completion, an opportunity to progess onto the level 3 apprenticeship and/or gain permenant employment may be available. 

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care 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

Unfortunately, neither accommodation for candidates or livery for their horses are available. Some previous experience with horses is desirable.

About the employer

Brook Cottage Farm Riding School are a busy school in Hertfordshire. Their lovely well-schooled horses enable them to cater for everyone looking to ride from three years and up. They are also Riding for the Disabled (RDA) accredited.


Brook Cottage Farm Riding School






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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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