In partnership with the Association of British Riding Schools, the National Horseracing College offers fully-funded Level 2 Equine Groom (Standard) Apprenticeships.
Apprenticeships combine on-the-job training with formal learning opportunities whilst the apprentice receives all the benefits of being a paid employee. Apprentices develop equine-specific skills, knowledge and behaviours as they work through a programme of learning and an individual assessment plan.
Equine Groom Level 2
The Level 2 Apprenticeship, equivalent to five GCSE passes, is the ideal starting point for those age 16+ who wish to develop their existing practical skills and to follow an equine groom career path.
With the option for the course to be tailored to different equine specialisms, including riding and yard-based (non-riding), this course provides an opportunity to gain hands-on industry experience and professional qualifications whilst earning a salary and receiving all employee benefits.
Typically, the Level 2 Apprenticeship will take 12 – 18 months to achieve and will be completed largely at the learner’s place of work using blended learning, including face-to-face visits with a designated tutor and remote learning.
An End Point Assessment (EPA) completes the apprenticeship. The EPA involves practical assessments, written tests, professional discussions and a review of evidence.
To apply for Level 2 Apprenticeship applicants must be age 16+, have completed full-time education and be living in England. Applicants must have basic horse care skills.
Applicants who haven’t already achieved a GCSE grade 9/A – 2/E or a Level 1 Functional Skills qualification in English and Maths, will develop English and Maths Functional Skills at Level 1 as part of the Apprenticeship programme.
Learners must be in paid employment for the duration of their Apprenticeship programme; learners cannot be self-employed or volunteers. Employers must pay the minimum Apprenticeship wage or more, for a minimum of 15 hours a week.
Applicants who already hold a Level 2 in Horse Care OR BHS Stage 2+ must apply for the Senior Equine Groom Level 3
Options Post Level 2 Apprenticeship
After completing a Level 2 Apprenticeship, the option to progress onto the Level 3 Senior Equine Groom (Standard) Apprenticeship may present.