Equine Groom apprentices 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.
You will use 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. You will be involved with feeding, grooming, cleaning equipment, handling, preparing, exercising the horses and carrying out routine yard duties. You may also be required to assist with the preparation of, transport to and care for horses at competitions, the races, sales, shows and other public appearances. Dependent on which sector of the industry is chosen, appropriate people skills will be essential.
You will need to decide in which sector of the industry you wish to progress in and select the appropriate occupational route out of: Breeding, Driving, Racing, Riding or Non-Riding.
Entry Requirements: GCSE grade C/4 or above in English, mathematics and science is preferred but not essential. Apprentices with lower grades will need to study towards Functional Skills in English and Maths during their programme.
Duration: Minimum 12 months, typically 18 months