Apprenticeships in 

Horse Care

As an apprentice, this is your chance to work and earn a wage while building your knowledge and skills. All of your training will be delivered in the workplace with the support of an industry expert assessor. Additional training and support is available across our three Equestrian Centres across the North West (Reaseheath College, Burrows Lane and Croft End).

A particularly diverse industry, you could find yourself working in a role such as a Groom, Stud Assistant or Riding Instructor.

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Level 3 Apprenticeship

What will I study?

How long will it take?

  • 12 to 24 months depending on previous experience (delivered in the workplace)

What qualifications do I need to start?

What qualifications will I gain?

Course options after this programme

Career options

  • Groom
  • Yard assistant
  • With further experience and qualifications – yard manager
Level 2 Apprenticeship

What will I study?

How long will it take?

  • 18 to 24 months depending on previous experience (1 day per week in college)

What qualifications do I need to start?

  • GCSEs at grade 3 or above including English and Maths

What qualifications will I gain?

Course options after this programme

Career options

  • Groom
  • Yard assistant
  • With further experience and qualifications – yard manager
Additional qualifications

You will have the chance to work towards additional qualifications, including British Horse Society Stage Care and Management Awards.

Useful information

How much will this course cost?

Apprenticeships are funded through government and employer contributions. If you are:

  • 16-18 working for a small business (<50) your training will be fully funded*
  • 19+ or working for a Medium size business (50+) an employer contribution may be required
  • Working for a large business or organisation (Payroll of £3m+) you training funded from your employers Digital Apprenticeship Service  Account

*small businesses who employ an apprentice between 16-18 may be eligible to receive a financial government incentive

 Transport

Our college buses pick up over 1,400 students each day from a wide area. From September 2018 all college bus routes to Reaseheath will be FREE. To find a bus route near you visit the transport pages on our website.

How do I apply?

If you have an employer and you would like to apply for an apprenticeship you can apply now online. You can also view our live vacancies or complete an online enquiry form and a member of the apprenticeship team will contact you.

For a step by step guide on the application process visit the how to apply pages on our website. 

Frequently Asked Questions

You can find out more information about becoming an apprentice or employing an apprentice by visiting our website.

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Student Profile
Andrew Arrowsmith

Ambition: Yard manager

School: Neston High School

Age: 22

Andrew works as a groom on a successful commercial livery yard on the Wirral. The yard caters for both competition and leisure horses and care standards are high but Andrew gets a lot of job satisfaction from knowing that they are looked after well.

As well as working, Andrew has attended college weekly, gaining knowledge and skills to take back to his workplace. He’s just completed his Level 2 apprenticeship and is planning to move up to Level 3.

Choosing a career in the equine industry was easy for Andrew as he prefers an active, outdoor life, and already owns three horses, one of which he competes.

He says: “I love working with horses because I learn something new every day. Being an apprentice is good because you earn regular wages as well as a good qualification.”