Senior Equine Groom apprenticeship FERRING COUNTRY CENTRE LTD

Ferring Country Centre are looking for a groom to join their team to assist the riding school manager in the day to day running of the riding school and yard. We are committed to getting the very best from our staff that will then in turn help our customers to develop essential life skills, build their confidence and improve their self-esteem.

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Closing date: 30 Aug 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

    Sunday, Monday and Thursday, 8.00am - 4.00pm. Tuesday and Friday, 11.00am - 7.00pm.

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    17 Apr 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

  • To work with the horses and ensure they are well cared for and all daily needs met.
  • To work with the riding school staff to ensure the yard runs smoothly and all daily jobs are done as required.
  • To ensure horses are ready and well presented on time for all lessons, either Riding School or Therapy.
  • To ensure the yard and surrounding environment is clean and tidy at all times.
  • To work effectively alongside volunteers and all members of staff.
  • To check all equipment is well maintained and fit for purpose. This includes vehicles, tools and horse equipment.
  • On occasion prepare feeds, haynets, clean out stables and muck clear fields as part of your daily routine.
  • Functional skills in maths and English (as required).


The training you will be getting

  • This is a 100% work-based learning apprenticeship of which the successful candidate will be awarded the Level 3 Senior Equine Groom apprenticeship qualification.
  • Maths and English functional skills, if required.
  • There is scope for either the riding or non-riding pathway to be chosen and this will be discussed at interview.
  • Enrolling on to an apprenticeship programme is a serious commitment. To achieve the qualification and be successful in your job you will need to be hard working, prepared to work outdoors in all weather and often at weekends.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • The successful applicant will have the opportunity to be able to enrol on to the BHS suite of qualifications, and to also have an introduction to specialist areas of the equine profession such as physiotherapy, farrier or equine dentistry.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Logical, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience, Physical fitness


GCSE or equivalent Maths and English (Grade C/4 or above) Desired

Things to consider

There is a bus service (local route number 700) and a local train station (Goring-by-Sea) near the centre that would require a short walk if you were using public transport. There is no accommodation available.

About the employer

We are a local, independent charity providing training and work experience for people with learning disabilities. Our customers develop better work and social skills by assisting us with the operation of our Riding Therapy Unit, Garden Centre, Rangers Café and Dales Farm. Our centre was founded in 1986 by a small group of parents, who saw the need for their children to attend a meaningful setting. Over 30 years later, we are still as committed to people with a learning disability being an active part of their community, and developing their skills and confidence. Here at Ferring Country Centre, we help our customers to develop essential life skills, empowering them, building their confidence and improving their self-esteem. Individuals' social skills are improved through frequent social interaction and our reliance on teamwork. Our customers learn what is expected of them in a working environment, and through this experience, can often gain voluntary or paid work in the local community. We are dedicated to offering a person-centered approach, giving customers a varied choice of which of our Day Service departments they feel suits them best. We also emphasise the importance of individual happiness and enjoyment. We want all of our customers to feel content and self-fulfilled.







BN12 5JZ

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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


Rob Dawkins

01980 845556

Apprenticeship standard

Senior equine groom

Level 3 (A level)

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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