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Equine Groom Apprentice Polwhele House

Polwhele House is seeking an enthusiastic individual to be a part of their relaxed and friendly yard. This role requires someone who is committed, willing to work, positive and open minded.

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Closing date: 12 Dec 2022

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

    Hours will be operated on a rota basis. Shifts will be between 8.00am and 5.00pm. Monday to Sunday, which will include some weekend working. This will be discussed in full at interview.

    Total hours per week: 30

  • Expected duration

    15 Months

  • Possible start date

    09 Jan 2023

  • Date posted

    15 Sep 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

Are you looking to build your career in the equine industry?  Do you have a passion for working with horses and children?  Polwhele Riding School is seeking an enthusiastic individual to join them as an Equine Apprentice.

Polwhele operate a friendly school, with excellent facilities offering riding lessons to children as young as three and opportunities to learn about horse care and management. They also have equine events for children to compete in dressage, show jumping and gymkhana as well as representing the school in external competitions.

They are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic and dedicated apprentice who is interested in a career as a Riding Instructor. You will be a self-starter, reliable and conscientious.

Within this role tasks will include:

  • Being involved in stable and field maintenance duties
  • Exercising horses
  • Riding
  • Schooling work - assistance with lead rein lessons etc
  • Feeding and watering
  • Grooming and rigging
  • Health checks
  • Stock control and maintenance of equipment
  • Mucking out/ Cleaning the yard/ Bedding up
  • Helping with the clients – you must be good with people of all ages.
  • Showing, dressage and eventing

This is a great opportunity for the right candidate to develop their career, learn lots of specialist skills and gain an apprenticeship qualification.

Weekly training will be provided and the candidate will need to have a DBS check.

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

  • As part of this apprenticeship, you will need to achieve the Level 2 Equine Groom qualification, before undertaking the final End Point Assessment
  • Assessor support will be provided in the workplace
  • College attendance will be required at our Duchy College Stoke Climsland campus, so you will need to be able to get to this venue on a one day per week basis

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

On Successful completion of your apprenticeship the right candidate will have the opportunity to become an integral part of the team.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Team working, Initiative, Proactive, Diligent, Sense of Humour, Punctual


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 3/D) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 3/D) Essential

Things to consider

You must ensure that you have suitable travel arrangements in place to get to/from work and to attend college. The role can be physically demanding and you will be on your feet all day in varying weather conditions. You will need to be able to work in a professional manner as you will spend most of your day around young children.

About the employer

Polwhele House has a wonderful riding school with excellent facilities where we offer riding lessons and equestrian events for all children of any age or ability. Children can start riding from the age of three on small, steady ponies and progress all the way to competing in our own dressage, show jumping and gymkhana events and representing the school in external competitions on our bigger, more advanced horses and ponies. In addition to lessons, there are opportunities to learn about horse care and management in after school and holiday clubs, to go out for rides to different local venues and to take part in or watch demonstrations, displays and master classes with professional riders. In Years 7 and 8 pupils may apply to become a school groom. Groom duties include bringing in the ponies in the morning, feeding and grooming them in preparation for the day ahead, helping prepare the ponies for competitions and other events and stewarding for school competitions. The stable yard is a wonderful and relaxed place where many pupils enjoy spending some of their spare time participating in anything from mucking out the stables to learning how to put a bridle together to plaiting and washing the ponies ahead of travelling to an equestrian competition. Or to simply spend time with our lovely, friendly ponies.


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Apprenticeship standard

Equine groom

Level 2 (GCSE)

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