The ABRS+ has teamed with the National Horseracing College to provide a work-based L2 Groom Apprenticeship that is delivered at and by Riding Centres. If you are running a Riding Centre that is Council Licenced, the Regulations require that staff that have horse care responsibilities should have a L2 qualification or be training for a L2 qualification.
Who is Eligible?
Apprenticeships ae open to anyone ages 16 and over. For anyone aged between 16 and 18, it is free. For anyone over the age of 18 there is a cost to the employer called an apprenticeship co-investment payment of £250 for a level 2 learner.
What does it involve?
Apprentices will be entering a vocational industry, where they can expect to handle a variety of horses in different working environments. They must adhere to safe working practices, be prepared to work in all weather conditions and often in “out of hours” situations. They will be required to have dedication, commitment, and the physical and mental toughness to cope with the rigours of the role.
Being an Equine Groom requires competent individuals who are committed to the safety and welfare of the horses in their care. They will use their theoretical knowledge and understanding, practical experience and empathy to maintain the horses’ physical and psychological well-being within a safe working environment. This is a practical, “hands on” occupation where apprentices will work under supervision individually or as part of a diverse team. The Equine Groom is an integral part in the life of the horse, providing essential day-to-day care. They will be involved with feeding, grooming, cleaning equipment, handling, preparing, exercising the horses and carrying out routine yard duties.
The L2 Equine Groom course will provide you with skills and knowledge in:
- 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
You will also need to show that you can work safely, have an appropriate work ethic, take on responsibility for yourself, others and the horses in your care, work within a team and communicate effectively.
Additionally, you will need to select a ‘specialist route’ with additional knowledge and skills. You will need to select one of the following breeding of horse, riding or non-riding options.
How long does the Apprenticeship last?
The Apprenticeship is geared around the needs of the learner. It can be completed in between 12 and 18 months.
How a Leaner and want to know how I get started?
You will need to have some experience with horses to be able to undertake the L2 Apprenticeship. This may be through experience gained already on a Yard or through owning your own horse or pony, or you may need to undertake some Foundation Course with the National Horseracing College, the ABRS+ Senior Horse Care Award or an equivalent.
You will need to find a Riding Centre that is willing to take you on as an Apprentice; the ABRS+ may be able to put you in contact with Riding Centres that are near to you. The Riding Centre will need to employ you and paid you according to the minimum wage pay structure.
You can read more about the L2 Apprenticeship offered by the National Horseracing College on their Website.
I am a Riding Centre wishing to offer Apprenticeships?
Please contact the ABRS+ and we can talk you through the process to be registered on the Apprenticeship Service and offer L2 Apprenticeships. For further information. please go to Work-Based Apprenticeships.