There are three main routes that you can follow in your apprenticeship, depending upon your interests, opportunities and experience:
- Horse Care and Management
Within these routes, you may choose to specialise. For example, you might work in a polo yard; stud (breeding) or in a yard that offers riders specialist assistance with their development. The opportunities are many and varied - even if you do not wish to ride there is a career route for you to follow!
what is an apprenticeship?
There are two Apprenticeship levels:
- Intermediate Apprenticeship (Level 2): Horse Care, Horse Care and Riding or Horse Care and Breeding.
- Advanced Apprenticeship (Level 3): Horse Care, Horse Care and Riding, Horse Care and Breeding or Horse Care and Coaching.
An apprenticeship is made up of a 'framework' which incorporates a work-based Diploma together with a Technical Certificate, ERR (Employment Rights & Responsibilities), PLTS (Personal Learning and Thinking Skills) and Functional Skills in Maths and English (unless you have achieved GCSE Maths and English at Grade C or above in the past 5 years).
What are Functional Skills?
Functional Skills are an essential part of your apprenticeship. They are mandatory unless you have achieved your GCSE Maths and English at Grade C or above in the past 5 years.
There are two Functional Skills qualifications, English and Maths.
In English you will cover:
- Speaking and Listening
In Maths you will cover:
- Use of number
- Measure, shape and space
- Handling Data.
These qualifications are test-based. You will be supported by your assessor during your programme in preparation for the tests.
How long does an Apprenticeship take?
- Intermediate Apprenticeship: 12 - 15 months
- Advanced Apprenticeship: 12 - 20 months
Am I eligible?
You must be aged 16 and over (Adult Apprenticeships are possible)
- Intermediate Apprenticeship: Enthusiasm and commitment (no formal qualifications necessary.
- Advanced Apprenticeship: As well as enthusiasm and commitment, you will already have gained appropriate equine experience. You will also need to show the potential to achieve the Standard required in Functional Skills and vocational competence.
What modules are covered in the diploma?
You must complete seven mandatory Units. You will also choose additional Units from a further thirty optional Units, depending upon your career path.
Your mandatory units:
- Clean and maintain stables
- Provide feed and water to horses
- Carry out routine care and monitor the health and well-being of horses
- Restrain horses using specified methods
- Monitoring and maintaining health and safety
- Maintain and develop personal performance
- Establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
The Learner Guide and Logbooks provide a full overview of the syllabus:
City & Guilds NPTC Level 2 Diploma in Work-based Horse Care (QCF)
What are your career options after an Intermediate Apprenticeship?
- Full–time Employment in an Equine Yard.
- Progression to the next Level Apprenticeship
- Further industry qualifications.
What modules are covered in the diploma?
You must complete seven core mandatory Units (below) and choose from over 30 optional Units to make up the total amount of credits required for a diploma.
- Receive a horse and carry out initial assessment
- Plan diets and feeding regimes
- Monitor and maintain stocks of feed and bedding
- Promote health and well being
- Deliver basic treatments to horses
- Promote health, safety and security
- Manage your own resources.
The Learner Guide and Logbook provide a full overview of the syllabus:
City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Work-based Horse Care and Management (QCF)
What are your career options after an Advanced Apprenticeship?
- Full–time Employment in an Equine Yard in a management role e.g. Head Lad/Girl
- Progression to higher Management qualifications
- Further industry qualifications
If you would like to know more about how we can support your Horse Care apprentices, please contact us using our enquiry form or call the office on: 01672 519977.