The fabulous team at Litchfield Equestrian based in RG2 are looking for a Level 2 Equine Groom apprentice to join their friendly, professional, family-run yard specialising in full/ part livery service, with very high standards of care. This can be a ridden or non-ridden apprenticeship.

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Closing date: 13 Jun 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, the final shift pattern will be discussed and agreed with the successful applicant. You should however expect to work at least one weekend day per week.

    Total hours per week: 40

  • Expected duration

    12 Months

  • Possible start date

    20 Jun 2024

  • Date posted

    16 Feb 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

Litchfield Equestrian specialise in the sale of quality young horses and also offer breaking and retraining services designed to suit individual needs. They also teach children and adult riding lessons both in groups and individually.

Some of the stable & yard management duties will include;

  • Preparing feeds and feeding
  • Preparing for exercise
  • Tacking up and tack cleaning
  • Lunging and putting on the walker
  • Turning out & bringing in
  • Mucking Out
  • Bathing
  • Assisting at competition days
  • Plaiting
  • Could include riding/competing in the competition if required

This apprenticeship is work based at the employers premises so not lots of time sitting in a classroom. If you did not gain your maths & English GCSE's in school we can support you to gain these whilst on programme.

The training you will be getting

You will be working towards the Level 2 Equine Groom apprenticeship, either riding on non-riding depending on your current abilities.

You will complete the training at the employers premises, with the employer and supported by Haddon training.

If you need support with maths and English, Haddon Training will provide support in you gaining your Functional Skills qualifications in these subjects.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • Learn about selling horses
  • Grow your business knowledge
  • Develop your riding skills
  • Possibility to progress to the Level 3 Senior Equine Groom apprenticeship or you could even change direction and complete a Business Administration apprenticeship if you wanted to change direction!

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Organisation skills, 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

No accommodation is available on site, so please ensure you can make your way to and from the yard reliably each day. Taking your own horse into livery on site is a possibility and will be discussed with potential candidates.

About the employer

Litchfield Equestrian are a friendly, professional family-run yard, specialising in a high quality full livery service. They always pride themselves with high standards of care.




Kingsway House Greensward Lane Arborfield



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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 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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