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A step by step guide to employing an Apprentice Groom

A step by step guide to employing an Apprentice Groom

Everyone likes to keep things simple, and sometimes gathering all the information needed before making decisions and acting on them can be time-consuming. With this in mind, The Grooms List team have put together a simple step-by-step guide to employing an Apprentice Groom, from writing your advert to retaining your fully trained Apprentice Groom beyond their final qualification.


1. Get advice from an Equine Recruitment expert

Advertise your Apprentice Vacancy on The Grooms List

Before you can train an Apprentice Groom you need to recruit one! In order for your partnership with your Apprentice Groom to work you need to find the right individual for your yard and job role. Therefore, the right advice is critical.

  • Collectively, here at The Grooms List by Caroline Carter Recruitment, we have over 20 years of equine recruitment experience specifically. It’s what we do, all day, every day, for all kinds of yards and employers.
  • We will be able to chat through your wishlist, the daily/weekly/monthly functioning of your yard, discuss the type of apprenticeship course that would benefit your yard and advise you on how to go about finding and securing your ideal candidate.
  • By seeking professional recruitment advice you are more likely to avoid common mistakes and legal pitfalls in the process.
  • You can come back to us in step 3 when you come to advertise and search for your prospective Apprentice Groom.
  • To discuss your requirements and start the process contact us here.


2. Get advice from an Equine Training Provider

The Grooms List teams up with Educ8 EquineIt’s important to make the right choice when selecting your Equine Training Provider as you will be working closely with them throughout the following months (or even years) and you will rely upon them for support and advice on the training of your Apprentice Groom. We recommend our partners Educ8 Equine of the Educ8 Group.

  • With over 14 years’ experience in delivering high-quality vocational training programmes, Apprenticeships and Traineeships, the Educ8 Group deliver world-class Apprenticeship programmes within the equine industry.
  • With an in-depth understanding of the equine sector’s training and apprenticeship requirements, their highly experienced team of trainers/coaches deliver a comprehensive range of equine apprenticeships for apprentices of all ages and levels of experience.
  • Educ8 Equine understands that every apprentice and employer is important and have varying requirements and they will work with you to ensure the most appropriate training solutions are delivered.
  • Educ8 Equine will be able to discuss and advise you on the content of the apprenticeship course/s you would like to offer and help you get everything in place for your new Apprentice Groom to start work.
  • To discuss your requirements and start the process contact us here.


3. Advertise your Apprentice Groom Vacancy

How you present your Apprentice Groom Vacancy is critical to you generating interest and receiving applications from appropriate candidates – The Grooms List team can help you with that. When advertising your Apprentice Groom Vacancy you need to consider the following points:

  • Establish your salary package.
    • Own horse/Pets: Decide in advance if a horse/dog is welcome/possible at your yard and how that will work for both you and your Apprentice Groom with regards to space, livery and other dynamics within your yard. Allowing your Apprentice Groom to bring pets (within reason!) will certainly widen your scope for finding the best candidate for your vacancy.
    • Accommodation: Decide if you can offer your Apprentice Groom accommodation and know the associated laws in doing so – read more here.
    • Hourly Wage: Consider how much you will pay your Apprentice Groom. To attract and secure the very best candidates available to you, you need to be clear in advance on your min/max regarding hourly wage. Remember, the National Minimum Wage (NMW) is not a recommended hourly wage, it is the minimum you can pay your groom per hour, including their time spent at college. To make your vacancy competitive it’s worth considering offering your Apprentice Groom a higher hourly rate than the NMW. Read more here.
    • Read more about negotiating a salary package in the equine industry here.
  • The Grooms List Apprenticeship Zone - Step by Step Guide to Employing an Apprentice GroomTake time to describe your, horses, your yard and the daily lifestyle whilst working with you. Common mistakes to avoid:
    • Don’t be vague: Try not to write an advert stating the obvious whilst leaving out the unique details and attractions of your job vacancy. An advert reading just “Level 2 Apprenticeship on a livery yard” is not going to make your vacancy stand out. Try to describe what daily life will be like on your yard specifically, the environment your Apprentice Groom will be working within, and the benefits and bonuses of working for you above anyone else offering the same apprenticeship course.
    • Don’t discriminate: Beware of falling foul of anti-discrimination laws when attracting applicants. If you advertise your Apprentice Groom vacancy on The Grooms List we will personally check your advert before it is made publicly visible, thus offering you protection from inadvertently leaving yourself vulnerable with regards to anti-discrimination laws.
    • Read more about writing your job vacancy advert here.


4. Contact potential candidates directly by searching The Grooms List Apprentice Grooms Directory

Full, unlimited access to The Grooms List Apprentice Groom Directory is included in the fee to place your job vacancy advert. Make the most of the features available to employers on The Grooms List…

  • Contact candidates directly using the details displayed at the top of their Jobseekers Profile.
  • Use our handy Private Messaging system to keep all your correspondence in one place on The Grooms List website.
  • Check your applications and respond to all applicants, even to let them know you do not wish to progress their application.
  • The Grooms List offers preset acceptance and rejection responses to help you keep on top of your applications, or you can delete these a write your own personal message instead.


5. Interview candidates, check references and when appropriate make a formal offer of employment

It goes without saying that when employing an Apprentice Groom it is just as important to telephone interview, interview and even second interview an applicant before making a formal offer of employment. A few pointers…

  • A good Equine Recruitment Agency like The Grooms List by Caroline Carter Recruitment will be on-hand to discuss and advise on this process.
  • Pre-employment checks are imperative before making a formal offer of employment. If you are employing a school leaver, where appropriate, you might accept references from riding instructors, their livery yard or college.
  • It’s a good idea for employers to make a job offer in writing and ask for a response in writing to prevent complications or possible disputes further down the line.


6. Issue a Written Statement of Employment Particulars (an “Employment Contract”)

The Grooms List Apprenticeship Zone - Step by Step Guide to Employing an Apprentice GroomBecause an Apprentice is an official employment status you must issue your Apprentice Groom with a Written Statement of Employment Particulars (an employment contract).

  • The Written Statement of Employment Particulars (often just referred to as a “Written Statement”) must be issued to your Apprentice Groom no later than 2 months after offically starting work with you.
  • The Written Statement can be a single document or a group of documents, which may include:
    • Staff handbook
    • Code of Conduct
    • Health and Safety Guidelines,
    • The Written Statement must include a Principle Statement (the “employment contract”).
  • You must offer apprentices the same conditions as other employees working at similar grades or in similar roles. This includes:
    • Sick pay
    • Paid holidays
    • Any benefits you offer such as childcare voucher schemes


7. Plan and schedule the structured training your Apprentice Groom requires

As an employer of an Apprentice Groom you are required by law to ensure your learner receives the necessary opportunities and training they need in order to pass their assessments.

  • Training can be given directly by the employer or by a suitably qualified team member. Your Training Provider can advise you on who on your yard is suitably qualified to train your Apprentice Groom.
  • Training must make up at least 20% of the Apprentice Groom’s working time – 8 or more hours per 5 day week.
  • Employers are duty-bound to ensure appropriate, regular and scheduled, structured training is provided and this routine must be adhered to throughout the duration of the Apprenticeship course. There is little-to-no wriggle room on this. If your yard is likely to be too busy to prioritise scheduled training then committing to the responsibility of an Apprentice Groom is inadvisable. Your Training Provider can advise further on this.


8. Look after your Apprentice Groom

The Grooms List Apprenticeship Zone - Step by Step Guide to Employing an Apprentice GroomIt’s imperative to not only provide a safe and secure environment for your Apprentice Groom (of any level), but to also be mindful of their development and contribution to your yard, team and business.

  • Providing a safe and secure working environment is an “implied term” of ANY employment contract, and is actually automatically part of a contract even if it is not written down.
  • Be aware of your Apprentice Groom’s age and stage, and offer relevant opportunities and pay increases accordingly.
    • Legal pay-rises: Be aware of birthdays, NMW increases, and the date your Apprentice Groom starts the second year of their Apprenticeship course so you can make the legal pay increases at the correct times. Read more here.
    • Recognition: Where possible, recognise your Apprentice Groom’s development and, as they become an increasing asset to your team and yard, consider issuing a pay rise. Remember, the NMW rates are not recommended pay scales, they are merely the minimum amount you can legally pay per hour worked, and many employers choose to pay more.
    • Paid hours: Apprentice Grooms must be paid for the hours they spend at college – usually 1 in 5 working days or 1 or 2 days every 4-6 weeks.
    • Staff retention: An Apprentice Groom who has enjoyed their training and feels like a valued member of an established team is more likely to want to stay working for you after their course is complete.
  • As with any employer, you need to be very conscious of the Working Hours Directive. Keep an accurate record of the hours your Apprentice Groom works so you can be certain you aren’t in breach of this.
  • You can read more on the common pitfalls of employing staff and how to avoid them here.


9. If things don’t work out with your Apprentice Groom

The Grooms List Apprenticeship Zone - Step by Step Guide to Employing an Apprentice GroomIf things don’t work out as expected and you find yourself or the Apprentice Groom terminating the employment contract, a substitute Apprentice Groom can be found.

  • Communication: First and foremost, speak to your Apprentice Groom about any issues that are arising.
  • Advice: If issues can’t be resolved, speak to your Training Provider, who will be able to advise you on the next steps.
  • Replace: If the worst comes to the worst and you find yourself replacing your Apprentice Groom, speak to us at The Grooms List by Caroline Carter Recruitment. We can help you source and recruit a replacement Apprentice Groom.


10. Beyond the Apprenticeship

Once your Apprentice Groom has completed their course and gained the desired qualification, you may consider the following points…

  • Further training: Offer your existing Apprentice Groom the opportunity to progress their training within your yard.
  • Ongoing employment: You may wish to offer your now qualified Apprentice Groom permanent employment as a groom on your yard. After all, they know the workings of your yard and they are trained by you/your team!
  • Start afresh: You may wish to offer a new Apprentice Groom the opportunity to train with you.


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*Beautiful Location *Exceptional accommodation * IRO £350 PW + accomm. Experienced Groom/Rider required to work alongside very experienced Yard manager on this beautiful family estate. Must be capable of sole charge on occasions but also capable of working well within the team and alongside the Yard Manager. Activities include Hunt/PC/RC/Eventing/SJ.  Personable individual who is child & VIP livery friendly is definitely high on the list of attributes along with  GSOH, ability to be enthusiastic, hardworking, happy to help maintain high standards of the yard. This is a Grooming/riding role which demands exceptionally high standards. Lightweight competent rider a must. Lots of ‘fun and frollicks’ to be had alongside real professionalism! Please call Caroline on 0203 006 5730 or 07747 686118 or email        
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🙂 Opportunity for stud hand to step up 🙂 *£20,000-£23K and 1% of sales*Roomy 2 bed house *5 day week outside of season TB stud looking for one person or possibly 1.5 🙂 to run a small, successful but low key family operation sole charge. 4 mares kept and generally 3 foals in the season. Some yearling prep required but consigned, so no need to attend sales. Must have genuine TB foaling/aftercare stud experience. All usual duties plus helping with vet/stud duties/tractor work/maintenance/tractor driving/field maintenance etc. This position requires a flexible individual who must like dogs as owners dogs will be left in your care on a not infrequent basis! Do call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email
*Top Remuneration IRO £40K+ according to experience*Annual bonus *Private healthcare *Pension *Lovely Family accommodation available if required *Successful commercial stud * Great career opportunity We have a position available that would suit someone who is currently a Stud Manager/Stud Groom or who has the ability to take that next step. This is a position which would suit someone with ambition as owners are commercially minded and run their operation as such. Good track records with much success at yearling sales etc. All the usual skills are required plus you must be willing and able to manage a small but capable team of  Stud professionals.  All previous Stud Managers have been in this position for very good periods of time so this would demonstrate a rewarding and happy environment . Willing to wait for the right person. Looking for someone to start after the Tattersall’s yearling sales in October as most likely applicants will be in the middle of yearling prep etc. until then. If you feel you are ready for that next move and interested in a totally confidential discussion then please do contact Caroline and the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email with a full CV to  
Job Description Live in job vacancy in South Wales, 20 mins from Swansea. We are looking for someone who has worked with horses for some time, an experienced, independent person with references and their own car. Large luxury static two bedroom home, with a small garden suitable for a dog. Our horses vary from rescues to our small group of lovely riding horses, suitable for dressage / hacking / shows if someone was interested. However, riding is not essential and isn’t a requirement of the job. The work is mucking out, feeding, turning out, and being able to identify if a horse/ pony was unwell with lameness or colic etc. A free stable is available to the right applicant, use of the school, and a lorry, should that be of interest. Also, further stabling may be available if someone wanted to use it for their use for schooling or bringing on a horse (if they wanted to use that in  their spare time) We can hack to many beaches, and directly onto the famous Cefn Bryn network of miles of bridlepaths – little or no roadwork necessary . We are close to the famous equestrian centre Crickton Livery in Llanrhidian, where there are clinics throughout the month with famous instructors in all disciplines from dressage to eventing and the best surface in their enormous school. We are hoping to find a person who will fit in with our busy life and would enjoy the challenges of restoring the confidence to some of our extremely nervous rescued ponies as this is the most important part of our life. We are a sanctuary and you can see further details on our website and Facebook Page.   Minimum Requirements Previous experience working with horses References required Some basic DIY skills would be preferred but not essential e.g. Fixing a broken fence rail     Accommodation details Luxury two bedroom static caravan based within our home in Gower, Swansea   Benefits Location on the Gower, surrounded by beautiful beaches and award winning countryside with access to a huge network of bridleways right on our doorstep Own horse welcome Well behaved pet welcome Plenty of riding available on our horses, with the opportunity to compete Go riding on the beach! Good salary

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