In an effort to keep up with innovation and technological progress within the multi-billion pound equine industry, a new apprenticeship has been developed.
Bicton College and Duchy College have supported the fast-paced sector by delivering the new Level 2 Equine Groom standard apprenticeship that has been designed by employers for employers.
“The equine groom is a fundamental occupational role in all equine businesses, and vital to an industry that contributes over £8bn to the British economy each year,” the Institute for Apprenticeships stated.
Having delivered the Equine framework apprenticeship for many years, the colleges boast fantastic links with the equine world and fantastic facilities at our equestrian centres at each of our college sites, according to Sarah Hernandez, Business Development Manager for the rural sector at CCB Training.
“Our Equine Groom apprenticeships are a great way to develop your staff and grow your business through our flexible start dates to fit with employer’s recruitment needs,” she continued.
“If you are interested in taking on an apprentice there is funding available plus a £1,000 incentive when you employ a 16-18 year old apprentice.”
Additional to the City & Guild Level 2 qualification, the apprentice receives on successful completion the British Horse Society (BHS) Ride Safe qualification and BHS membership.
Naomi Holland, Course Manager and trainer for Equine Apprenticeships, said the Equine Groom apprenticeship is suitable for anyone with a passion for horses “even if you ride or not”.
“There are five specialised routes an apprentice can choose from; riding, non-riding, racing, breeding or driving,” she added.
The Equine Groom new standard apprenticeship is delivered over 15-18 months at Bicton College, East Budleigh, Devon and Duchy College Stoke Climsland, East Cornwall.
“Both our college campuses are located in beautiful countryside and provide dedicated equestrian facilities, which include indoor and outdoor schools and working yards,” Naomi continues.
“Here you will have the opportunity to practice your skills in preparation for the end point practical assessments.”
A remote programme of delivery and assessment is also available if an apprentice lives too far away from either college sites.
Throughout the apprenticeship assignments will be set as well as various classroom activities, workshops and tasks to help you gain the skills and knowledge needed alongside support and training from the employer in order to prepare you for a career in the equine industry.
Apprentices will cover a wide range of subjects around the care of all different types of horses including safe working practices, yard and field routines and duties, horse anatomy, physiology and welfare, horse handling, care and appearance, saddlery and equipment, travelling horses, non-ridden exercise as well as core behaviours such as team work and communication.
To find out more about Equine Groom apprenticeships at Bicton College and Duchy College contact CCB Training’s Apprenticeship Recruitment Team on 0330 123 4785, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website www.ccbtraining.co.uk or to view current vacancies visit www.duchy.ac.uk/apprenticeship-hub.