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This Apprenticeship is suitable for those looking to work in the equine industry. It’s one of the most diverse industries within the land-based sector with opportunities for working in livery yards, riding schools, racing yards, training yards or using harnessed horses.

Horses represent a major asset for their owners and need the skilled attention of devoted and well-trained staff.

While this Apprenticeship covers many specialisms, all deal with the welfare, supervision and riding of horses. Your training will focus on either general horse care, racehorse care or harness horse care, depending on your employer. As an apprentice, you could find yourself in one of many job roles such as stable hand, groom, stud assistant or riding instructor. You’ll learn how to take care of horses, which will include everything from feeding and grooming through to exercising.

There are plenty of roles away from the stables, too. For example, trek assistants who help organise riding groups and ensure everyone stays safe.

On the Advanced Apprenticeship, you’ll take on more responsibilities. You could be working towards becoming a trek leader, riding instructor or a performance rider.


Job Roles

Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

  • Assistant groom – non-ride
  • Assistant groom – ride
  • Assistant stud groom/hand
  • Trek assistant
  • Supporting harness horse trainer
  • Assistant groom – agriculture
  • Apprentice jockey
  • Conditional jockey

Advanced Level Apprenticeship

  • Groom
  • Assistant yard manager
  • Trek leader
  • Intermediate instructor/Level 3 coach
  • Jockey
  • Harness horse groom
  • Harness horse driver
  • Assistant harness horse trainer
  • Harness horse groom – agriculture


Last Updated: 12/04/2012

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The Salary

Starting salary (once qualified): National minimum wage up to £18,000 per year.

The Level

Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

Advanced Level Apprenticeship

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