Equine Groom Apprenticeship HIGHER FARM EQUINE LTD

This is not just a typical livery yard and riding school - this is one of the best in the North! Higher Farm based in Byley (CW10), are excited to welcome a motivated Level 2 Equine apprentice to their team. An environment based on support and respect where you will thrive professionally and personally.

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Closing date: 13 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 8 am-5 pm, 5 days out of 7, you should expect to work at least one weekend day per week. Final shifts will be discussed with the successful applicant.

    Total hours per week: 40

  • Expected duration

    12 Months

  • Possible start date

    20 May 2024

  • Date posted

    15 Feb 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

Higher Farm is an award winning equestrian centre, with high specification facilities, found in the heart of the Cheshire countryside close to junction 18 of the M6; making accessibility quick and easy.

Higher Farm offer riding lessons for all abilities and have enviable livery facilities with 32 horses on site. They also have a brand new rehab centre offering rehabilitation livery and state-of-the-art water treadmill and combi-floor. Alongside this, Higher Farm also specialise in human ecotherapy; which is a form of therapeutic treatment involving the outdoors and in this unique case combining this with the comforting power of the horse. ​

This position would suit anyone who is motivated and passionate about working in the equine industry. You may not know where you would like to specialise, however, this unique yard offers so much that you will be sure to find an area you would like to pursue be that in the livery yard setting, riding school and coaching, competition, rehab or indeed any of the other unique opportunities that Higher Farm offer.

Usual yard duties included such as;

  • Preparing horses for lessons
  • Feeding and watering
  • Rugging up
  • Mucking out and leading horses

There may also be riding for the right person and also opportunities to assist at shows.

This apprenticeship is based on site in a practical setting so not lots of time in a classroom. If you did not gain your Maths & English GCSE's at school we can support you to get these whilst on programme.

The training you will be getting

  • You will be working towards the Level 2 Equine Groom apprenticeship qualification.
  • Functional Skills in maths and English, if required.

All training will be provided on site during your paid working hours. Your day to day mentoring will be with your employer, and a combination of online and in person monthly sessions will be held with your Haddon Training trainer coach.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • Learn about rehabilitation and therapy
  • Riding lessons
  • Progression to Level 3 Equine Groom apprenticeship or permanent employment

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Customer care skills, Team working, Initiative, Patience, Physical fitness


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

Things to consider

Please be aware that there is no accommodation on site so you must be able to make your own way reliably each day. There is however the possibility of taking your own horse for livery. Higher farm are looking for someone who is reliable, cheerful and hard working!

About the employer

Higher Farm is an award winning equestrian centre, with newly built high spec facilities, found in the heart of the Cheshire countryside. ​




The Lodge Higher Farm

Byley Lane


CW10 9LN

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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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