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5 reasons why Apprentice Grooms are always #winning

5 reasons why Apprentice Grooms are always #winning

You may not realise it, but Apprentice Grooms are always winning! Whether you’re a school-leaver looking to forge a successful career in the equine industry or an established groom who would like formal recognition of your abilities with qualifications, an equine apprenticeship will be an almost surefire way of achieving your goals. I say almost surefire because, of course, you have to:

5 reasons why Apprentice Grooms are always winning - How we can help1. Find the right apprenticeship course for your needs

We can help you by discussing:

  • your current experience level
  • where you would like to see yourself is several years’ time
  • your ultimate equine career goals
  • what skills, abilities and experience you need in order to get there

2. Find the right employer and yard to give you what you need to successfully complete your course

We can help you by:

  • giving you a FREE Jobseekers Profile on The Grooms List website, giving you full access to all facilities on the website
  • putting you in touch with suitable employers who are offering the right training opportunities for you to achieve your career goals
  • supporting and guiding you throughout your entire equine career, way beyond your Apprenticeship!

3. Stick at it!

That’s just down to you! 😉 Although, you can call or email us for advice and support if you feel you are struggling or you’re unhappy in your place of work – we love a chat and a ‘virtual’ cup of tea, a problem shared and all that!


Want to gain qualifications but happy in your current job? Did you know you may be able to complete an Apprenticeship within your current yard? 


Reason #1 – Earn while you learn

5 reasons why Apprentice Grooms are always winning - Earn while you learnWhy not stretch yourself by working towards a qualification – you don’t always need to move on to do this you know! An Apprentice is an official employment status, not a student status, therefore all employment laws apply to you whilst you complete your Apprenticeship. This means receiving a minimum wage for ALL of your hours at work, even when you’re receiving training, your employer just needs to be up for what this entails Speak to your employer about it – they can find out lots of information in our Apprentice Zone – Information for Employers here.

Things to consider:

  • If you’re aged under 18 you are entitled to the National Minimum Wage for Apprentices, so you receive a proper salary even though you are still in compulsory full time education, plus legally you can only work up to 40 hours a week!
  • If you’re aged 19 or over and you’re in your second year of an Apprenticeship course you must receive the National Minimum Wage for your age, not the Apprentices National Minimum Wage!
  • All Apprentices are entitled to statutory holiday pay, sick pay, a Workplace Pension and all other statutory employment rights.
  • Whilst it may seem like you don’t get paid much to work as an Apprentice, you must remember that you are gaining official, nationally recognised qualifications. In most other cases you would be paying to gain such qualifications, let alone receiving a salary for taking them!

If that isn’t #winning, I don’t know what is! 🤗


5 reasons why Apprentice Grooms are always winning - Training on the jobReason #2 – Structured training on the job

In the equine industry the term “working pupil” (or “working student”), or “trainee Groom ” are still used. No one should ever be confused, in employment law terms  these roles are all subject to the same employment laws as every other role.

Currently there is nothing to stop an employer offering a Junior or Trainee Groom role and calling it whatever they want, but these roles whilst they are very likely to give you practical, on the job skills and some general employment life experience, they won’t be resulting in any actual qualifications. Your employer and maybe others in their Team will ‘fit in’ your training as and when they can, sometimes with varying degrees of  structure, quality and regularity. Let’s not get over critical though, many of these employers are really conscientious and everyone seems happy with the arrangement (after all let’s face it, not everyone wants qualifications for their own reasons); but the whole point is if you do, with these roles there is no industry standard, no formal approach or framework which will be the same from employer to employer so it can sometimes end up a bit ‘luck of the draw’ which is a risk you don’t need to take when there is a proper, recognised alternative. If you do decide to go this route of course make sure your Contract of Employment or Statement of Terms and Conditions sets out the terms of your arrangement as precisely as possible. This will go a long way to ensure you are both on the same page from the outset. It seems to be the case that what gets written down in these situations, is more than likely going to be done vs a vague verbal arrangement being your only reference point.

By contrast, an Apprenticeship is supported and overseen by an official Training Provider, who will ensure you are receiving enough of the right training every single week. By law, at least 8 hours of an Apprentice’s weekly work must be proper training towards their qualification, and this isn’t in any way optional. Your Training Provider will ensure you get plenty of opportunity to do everything you need to do for your qualification within your job role. Oh, and you’ll get paid for your hours of training, too which you should do in any of the roles we have just mentioned too! You will also have an ‘Apprenticeship Agreement’ which is a contract of employment. Your Agreement might be called a Statement of Terms and Conditions or a Contract of Employment, and the document will set out the terms of your apprenticeship. It will contain certain minimum information, such as the place of work, job title, rate of pay, holiday entitlement etc.

That sounds a lot like #winning to me! 🤔


5 reasons why Apprentice Grooms are always winning - Guarantee RidingReason #3 – Riding courses guarantee riding!

There’s something you need to know about choosing the right Apprentice vacancy for you – riding Apprentice vacancies and apprentice vacancies with riding are two different things! Riding Apprentice vacancies are committed to giving you ample riding opportunities for you to complete your course. Apprentice vacancies with riding are not necessarily obliged to give you the riding opportunities you’d like, as riding may not be a requirement of your course. Let me explain…

If an employer advertises an Apprentice Vacancy with “optional riding” the chances are you might not always receive receive the amount of riding opportunities you want – or need! In fact, even if a vacancy states that “applicants must ride”, it does not guarantee you will be riding every day. If you’re looking for an opportunity to develop your riding skills, a vacancy that offers a plod around the fields on the yard veteran on a daily, weekly or ad hoc basis is going to leave you feeling very short changed!

If you have chosen a pathway that includes riding, you are assured that your prospective employer is in a position to provide enough of the right type of riding opportunities for you. Before you reach the point of organising a start date for your Apprenticeship, your Training Provider will be able to advise both you and your prospective employer as to your needs and their obligation to fulfil them. A riding Apprenticeship pathway will guarantee you riding, and plenty of it!

Riding + Training + Qualifications + Salary = #winning 😎


5 reasons why Apprentice Grooms are always winning - Nationally recognised qualificationsReason #4 – Nationally and possibly internationally recognised qualifications

Any qualification acquired via an Apprenticeship is nationally recognised so, it doesn’t matter where you work in the country, your knowledge and skills gained through your training are understood and appreciated. Equine employers reviewing your CV will instantly recognise that you have official third-party verification of your knowledge and abilities.

Although different countries have different courses and qualification types and levels, it’s likely that individual equine employers overseas will recognise that you have surpassed certain standards overseen by official training bodies in Britain. It’s a super foundation to a new career in the equine industry, and an absolute asset to gain later on in your equine career.

You might call that #winning far and wide! 🤩


Reason #5 – Job longevity (a good start, middle and end to everyone’s CV!)

Job longevity is a phrase you will hear us use time and time again, in person and in our blogs and articles! It’s one of the most desirable attributes to recruiting employers. Therefore, job longevity is one of the key factors that makes an equine CV and in turn a fruitful, successful equine career – lack thereof can break so many career moves for you! This is an often unexpected and unrecognised way in which an Apprenticeship can launch successful careers and revive stalling ones – providing, of course, that you stick at it! (Remember point 3 at the start of this blog? 😉)

5 reasons why Apprentice Grooms are always winning - fulfil your potentialMany equine careers are ventured into, rather than launched, by Grooms taking the first job available, regardless of the suitability, then after a short while moving on to gain more opportunities to learn, or to try a different type of yard. Time and again we see CV’s where this cycle has repeated for years, quite literally! This is not gaining experience. This is not career development. In fact, it can be one of the worst things you can do!

This is one way that an Apprenticeship can launch, or even save, an equine career. All equine Apprenticeship courses are a minimum of 12-18 months in duration. Guess what is the minimum length of time you ideally need to stay in one job? You guessed it! 12-18 months in duration.

To start an equine career with the self-discipline to make a sensible choice of your Apprentice employment AND stick at the course through to the end gives your career an excellent launchpad, believe me! If you continue this beyond gaining your qualification(s), seek advice from specialist equine recruitment consultants like The Grooms List team, and continue to stick at your jobs for a minimum of 12-18 months each, well, the equine world will soon become your oyster! 😇

Now that is #winning now and in the future! 😮


If you’re ready to find out more about starting or refreshing your equine career with an Apprenticeship here’s what to do next:

  1. Add or update your FREE Jobseekers Profile on The Grooms List here.
  2. Search Apprentice vacancies on The Grooms List here.
  3. Find out more about equine Apprenticeships in our Apprentice Zone:
    • Information for Learners is here.
    • Information for Parents is here.
    • Information for Employers is here.
  4. Contact us for a friendly, impartial chat about your options here.

We look forward to speaking to you! 🙂


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Partner welcomed*Dog welcomed *Live in or out *Standard stud hours, with alternate weekends being worked *Four weeks holiday plus bank holidays *Negotiable,competitive salary & discretionary bonus scheme. Beautiful yard adjoining the Cotswold area of outstanding natural beauty on the Gloucestershire Wiltshire border  is seeking a full time thoroughbred Stud Hand. You would be required to work alongside an experienced stud manager at a small family owned commercial stud farm foaling at home and prepping foals for sale. 🙂 Less experienced candidates who are keen to learn or experienced people who can slot into the role would be considered 🙂 Stud has around ten permanent broodmares, their foals, a couple of yearlings etc. also have some resting racehorses which come for their holidays once or twice a year. The family also have two ponies that they may need occasional assistance with. Helpful if you are qualified and able to drive a small box but not essential, training can be arranged. 🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 This role would suit someone who understands life on a small TB stud – ie very busy times with foal prep etc and very quiet times when all the horses are turned out and staff have to be handy with a strimmer/mower instead!  Best of facilities and a very professional but relaxed family environment. Please call Caroline and the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email      
  Family PC/Eventing/Hunting family looking for a senior Groom/Rider for a small family hunting yard within an estate. 8 horses kept. * £25K neg *Lovely cottage accommodation*Partner welcomed *Pets welcomed * Own horse welcomed *FOC council tax/water rates paid/horse if applicable *Vehicle available for company business.   The successful applicant should have longevity in past roles please as we are replacing someone who has been in situ for 6 years. You must be happy to work sole charge in a rural location but with help/support when required. The role includes: ordering and organising feed, bedding and hay, keeping the yard immaculate, maintaining the highest standard of turnout of horses. A thorough understanding of the day to day care of the hunting /event horse is essential including the ability to bring 2nd horses. Candidates must be able to do all fitness and basic schooling of all horses to a high level plus be able to hunt or ride around a hunter trial,further training available if interested. You must be able to lunge and school young horses. Communication and people skills essential as liasing with other Estate staff to run this lovely small yard in an estate environment is essential. Also there will be a necessity to manage other PT staff. Hours Oct-March are full on but halved April-Sept with pay and all Terms remaining the same year round! Caroline’s comments 🙂 This is a really super job for someone who works in a very professional manner but in a super friendly environment. If that describes you and you are looking for the long term then this would be a great opportunity for you. Very generous and somewhat negotiable remuneration if you are a really decent rider too!  Please contact Caroline& the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email                  
Job Description Work riders with previous experience of working in a racing yard.   Minimum Requirements Experienced Work Riders   Accommodation details This is a full time position and we have single accommodation available – sorry no pets allowed. We offer a Full Pension with Royal London. Benefits Pool Money (Stable Percentage) and regular opportunities to go racing. As per NTF Scales – age related  
*IRO £19- £20K pa *Live out (GL56A) *Riding available with good hacking and indooor and outdoor facilities if you are interested.   Groom/Rider required for a small family yard close to the GL56 postcode. The family enjoy a variety of disciplines and the family children and grandchildren ride too so a happy, fun environment with lots going on.    The ideal applicant will be a team-player & ideally but not essentially, light enough to ride slightly smaller horses/ponies 🙂   🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 A good wage, for a groom with some experience who is looking for a fun live out role with some flexibility on days and hours if required.  Please call Caroline and the  Team on 0203 006 5730 or email
Job Description To provide care for the horses at home and assist with competition preparation to ensure the smooth running of the yard and facilities.   Minimum Requirements ABLE TO: Follow feeding, cleaning and water schedules set by Head/Competition Groom. Cleaning and maintenance of tack/leatherwork and other items including rugs, boots, bandages, etc. Other day to day tasks such as mucking out, feeding, turning out/in, lunging and preparing horses for exercise including knowledge of tack requirements for each horse. Communicate with vet, farrier, dentist, physio in absence of Head/Competition Groom or Owner. Assist in preparation for competitions, training and events. To cover specific tasks agreed when other staff absent. Ensure all tack and consumable repairs and requirements are noted and reported to Head/Competition Groom including bedding, feed, veterinary supplies. Report any maintenance issues to Head/Competition Groom/Owner. Assist in horse care and yard maintenance as required for all BOS horses. Ensure all fields are kept clear of droppings and poisonous plants and facing safe and effective. Lunging and Horse Walker familiarity for all horses. Act professionally, with discretion, courteously and effectively at all times To maintain effective and positive working relationships with staff, consultants, partner organisations, external organisations, sponsors and clients   DESIRABLE: Experience of handling youngstock and broodmares Experience of managing (unwell) horses and rehabilitation techniques and programmes   PERSONAL QUALITIES: Good communication skills Team Player who is also able to work in isolation on occasions Willing to undertake relevant additional training as required An eye for attention to detail Flexible and responds positively to new challenges   Accommodation details Shared Flat   Benefits 5 1/2 days per week Salary £18/20k per annum (dependant on experience) NEST Pension 28 days holiday per annum Sickness cover in line with Statutory Requirements Great Location Superb Facilities Fantastic Horses      
Live out, part time (IRO 3 hours a day), permanent Family Groom required for a Yard with some fabulous horses who are produced in a slow and consistent fashion so they can achieve their potential, remaining with the same owner throughout their career and probably beyond 🙂 AFTERNOON SHIFT PLEASE 🙂 This is an opportunity for a freelance Groom to fit in some work with other’assignments’  but will need to be  an experienced Groom rather than someone at the beginnning of their career. Small and friendly Team for 7 horses. 2 well bred yearlings (with a future in Dressage) 1 ridden horse, (11 years old mare ) hacking and basic schooling & confidence giver) 3 year old very well behaved and well bred stallion (His future direction tbc) welsh x pony companion 4 years old Mare 4 years old who may be an eventer/show jumper depending on how she develops. If you were a decent exercise rider/able to lunge minimum and if you are capable of more that would be fabulous! Employer has a busy life with 5 children and 4 still at home (15 year old son / 17 year old daughter/11 year old daughter/7 year old son). You  MUST be comfortable around children. Owner does a bit of most things and enjoys being an owner and the fun that will come with that. Daughter (11 yo) enjoys showing and general riding. 7 year old son may or may not ride.  You must be capable of all aspects of stable work/horse management etc and sole charge when necessary, but also relaxed and happy to work with others. Please do call Caroline and the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email
Preparations for a very exclusive horse auction in the south of the Netherlands are in full swing. 2019 is the sixteenth edition and it promises to be a great equestrian spectacle again! The entire week prior to the auction is all about glitter, glamour, luxury and entertainment but the week of the auction itself is fast paced, hard work and an amazing opportunity to gain an invaluable insight.   We are looking for grooms to join our happy and motivated team from 1st October until the end of November 2o19. We specialize in horses at all levels ranging from unbroken up to Grand Prix. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn and become part of this iconic event. Succesful applicants will receive comfortable accommodation on site and a competitive salary.       
Full Job Description can be downloaded (below under application form) Minimum Requirements We are looking for someone who is dedicated and enthusiastic!  Qualifications are not important to us, we are a small team and the candidate should be motivated, able to work alone or in a team and have a desire to ‘own it’! Ideally, candidates should be able to drive and have good general knowledge of basic equipment maintenance & repairs. The ability to self-manage and organise your daily work programme would be an advantage. Accommodation details Live out but accommodation might be available if necessary Benefits The opportunity to work in a beautiful environment & you will never be bored!  All the usual apply, good rates of pay, holiday pay, pension and all staff are issued with corporate uniform.
**We are adding to our Team!** This is an excellent opportunity to join our team!  We are looking for a confident, experienced rider for racehorses undergoing remedial programmes, competition horses from the private sector and pre-training for our own horses! Duties will include riding horses in our indoor round pen, trotting ring, gallops and around the village.  From time to time additional duties will include assisting our grooms during morning & evening stables, dressing horses over, putting horses on and off the horse walker, turning horses in and out, tacking up and various other duties. Full details available on request. As well as riding horses at our Stables, there are times when we take our jockeys to trainers yards, to racecourses and other external locations so this is an great opportunity to join a busy team – you will not be bored! Minimum Requirements We are looking for experienced, confident riders.  We take safety very seriously and have excellent facilities but experience is essential!  It’s not all about crazy horses – some are just young and very green so need a good rider to teach them and give them confidence!  We have other riders for lead horses and offer full support and training. We are able to offer a part time position if preferred, mornings only from 07.30hrs. Unfortunately we are unable to accept applications from candidates needing to bring dogs to the yard. Subsidised grass livery for own horses is available. Benefits Salary according to age & experience, 6 day week with 28 days holiday.  Corporate clothing provided and assistance with NVQ training with our Learning Provider.
We are looking for a Rider & a Groom to strengthen our existing team at our stables in the South of Holland. The succesful applicant(s) will receive a salary & their own appartment located on our property. We are looking for hard working people with a sense of humour and who enjoy working as part of a well organised team. Experience is not the most vital ingredient – motivation and a love of horses is.  Our yard comprises 45 stables with indoor and outdoor arenas. We have 7 members of staff most of whom live on site so it is important that the succesful applicant(s) can work as part of a team.    
*Career opportunity – Could consider someone in a trainee yard management capacity. * Salary IRO £21K neg. *Live out or live in   Full Time/ Part Time Yard Manager/Assistant Manager (trainee) required by a very successful Hanoverian dressage stud which breeds & produces quality British-bred dressage horses using top German bloodlines, is now looking for a hands on team player to be the owner’s right-hand person running the yard on a daily basis. You will work closely within a Team and alongside vets, physios, farrier etc. and manage the work of the team. Would consider someone in a trainee yard management capacity and training will be provided.     Ideally you will have experience of yard management, competition horses mares and young stock and you will be able to lunge/clip/turnout/handle young stock/muck out. Great opportunity for an existing Yard Manager or Grooms with basic performance horse or stud experience & who wish to have the best skills development training. Must be bright, have initiative and possess a good work ethic. Ideally interested in the world of breeding/performance horse training & development.   Whilst exercise riding could be available if you would like and are competent to do, this is primarily a non riding role with the focus being on Yard/Team/Horse management. 🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 Now this is a position which is an outstanding career opportunity for someone who loves Dressage and wants to ‘step up’ and be involved in the management of a yard. Whilst you will be expected to roll up your sleeves and help with the day to day, you will work closely with the yard owner as her right hand person to keep things running as they should whilst she there and when she is away. At the top of their game, the standards are high and you will have to reach those in reasonable time, but there isn’t often an opportunity like this for advancement. If you are already doing the job at this level, then there is an opportunity to do this PT or to bring your skills to the table and add to this Team who are already enormously successful but poised for even greater things in the future!  Please contact Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email      
*Accommodation available *5 day week *Sensible hours *Dog a possibility *Live in or out Dressage Groom (mostly home and occasional competition grooming required) for Intermediate 1 level rider aiming for Grand Prix. 5/6 liveries also on site  Cheerful happy team to work alongside. This yard breeds performance horses too, so young stock handling experience useful . The position entails usual yard duties plus must be able to communicate well within the team and with the liveries. Training provided but must have some experience of handling and grooming performance horses of all ages & levels Caroline’s Comments 🙂 Interesting role, recommended by those who know it! Chance to work within a happy and motivated Team  would suit someone who loves all things Dressage and with some experience. Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email
*Salary IRO 1800 euros *All accommodation and food provided *Seasonal position with far reaching CV improving benefits! This world class service station and stud is looking for experienced stud hands for the forthcoming season to be based in Muhlen, Germany. Some prior experience important as some serious unmatched warmblood breeding stock is involved in this operation names such as  Balou du Rouet, whose offspring’s prize money makes millions plus Sandro Hit plus stallions Fürstenball, Vivaldi, Bordeaux, Foundation, Vitalis, Sir Donnerhall I and Diarado were amongst the leading group of all German stallions according to the German FN’s 2016 predicted breeding value statistics. Last year stallions from Mühlen once again dominated the Oldenburg Elite Mare show and of the twelve mares presented, seven of them were daughters of this yard’s stallions, including the winner Candy OLD by Sir Donnerhall I. The list goes on and on and on! 🙂 🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 This is a commercial environment where the opportunity to learn is awesome but not for anyone who gets homesick or doesn’t feel comfortable in the commercial end of the horse world. The horses you will encounter are world class and it will certainly add to the breadth and depth of anyone’s experience. Fast paced and exciting in so many ways. A real ‘one off experience’ to add to the CV!    Please call Caroline on 0203 006 5730 or email  
Salary 8.5 Euros/negotiable dependent on experience with no food/accommodation or utilities to pay. You will need some experience grooming competition horses One of the Most Professional SJ yards in the world – Learn your trade with the best and secure your Grooming future with a hands on job. All you need is a passport and an adventurous spirit! Enthusiasm and dedication to work along side the best horses, riders and horse people.This opportunity would be GREAT FUN and a second to none experience which would guarantee your career anywhere you chose in the future both home and abroad. A rare insight into world class horses, world class facilities and a truly remarkable experience for any groom seriously interested in getting to the top of their game. Whilst there are considerable opportunities for advancement and promotion possibilities if you wish to remain in Germany. 🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 This is a commercial environment where the opportunity to learn is awesome but not for anyone who gets homesick or doesn’t feel comfortable in the commercial end of the horse world. The horses you will encounter are world class and it will certainly add to the breadth and depth of anyone’s experience. Fast paced and exciting in so many ways. A real ‘one off experience’ to add to the CV!    Please call Caroline on 0203 006 5730 or email
*Stunning Cotswold location *IRO £350pw *Flat with no bills! *5 day week Our client events her horses at all levels (BE90 – 4*)and has some fabulous advanced horses as well as some “up and coming” youngsters.This role is suitable for an experienced Groom who enjoys the competition environment but prefers mostly home grooming. Relevant experience ideal including yard/stable/performance horse management. Young stock experience also as a few young horses brought in from time to time to bring on. Must be able to turnout to a good basic level. Must be passionate about horses and their care. 🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 This is a nice job for a real Team player who enjoys the world of eventing. High standards and busy event yard where everyone pulls together and enjoys themselves. Considerate employer who looks after her staff. Would consider someone slightly more junior and train up but should have eventing/performance horse experience. Please call Caroline & the Team  on 0203 006 5730 or email  
*2 bed flat *5 day week *Dog considered *IRO £375 pw per role + accommodation (neg). Working couple Required ( Groom/Rider + general maintenance/Person Friday duties). Lovely lifestyle role for a suitable couple to help manage a private home and yard for a large family who split their week between London and the country and sometimes are abroad for a few weeks at a time. Must be experienced and have good people and communication skills. Would suit a friendly, relaxed but very responsible couple. Working couple Role(s) involves working with another and PT help : General Groom/rider duties to a high standard. Sole charge and working with others Help with horse and the other animals (5 dogs, 1 cat, 2 chickens, 2 geese, 3 ducks) Looking after and walking and feeding the dogs when the family are away (usually 2-3 nights in London weekly, plus longer holidays) Maintenance for the yard, the house and the garden:  fence mending, taking care of the pool, helping keep vehicles maintained and clean, etc Keen gardener to do mowing, weeding, raking, hedge trimming, and minor tree surgery, planning and planting the borders and walled vegetable garden· Housekeeper/cleaning duties including organising & cooking healthy interesting meals mostly at the weekend.  🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 Nice opportunity for a couple who enjoy taking charge of a family home, yard and the animals and all facilities therein.  Pls call Caroline and the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email    

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Caroline Carter Recruitment Ltd
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