The course options, often referred to as ‘pathways’, are simple:
- Sporting Excellence Study Programmes
You can read more about the course options you can choose from here.
Course levels are available for all degrees of experience with horses, starting with a “traineeship” for complete beginners, right through to Senior Groom level for more experienced equestrians. Read more about the course levels here.
For job seekers, finding and starting an Equine Apprenticeship course is fairly straightforward. Search Equine Apprenticeship vacancies on The Grooms List and start applying for suitable opportunites to make it happen. An Apprenticeship is an employment status, so the steps between applying for and starting an Equine Apprenticeship are much the same as when applying for a regular job. Read more about these steps here.
Depending on the course, equine apprenticeships usually last 12-18 months.
1. You may need to attend college whilst working for your employer. This can vary from one or two days every 4-6 weeks to 1 in every 5 working days – speak to prospective employers and Training Providers about this. You must be paid for your hours at college as well as your working hours. If the Apprenticeship course is supported by one of the workplace training providers all your training will be delivered within the workplace and you will not have to travel offsite to receive this part of your training.
2. The employer must offer you adequate work-based opportunities to learn, practice and gain experience at everything needed to achieve their qualifications. This must amount to at least 20% of the time you spend at work (a minimum of 8 hours dedicated training each week).
No charges will be passed on to you or your parents in return for training. The majority of Equine Apprenticeships are fully funded by the Government, and any cost incurred by an employer cannot be charged to you.
The minimum hourly wage an Apprentice Groom must receive varies depending on their age and the stage you are at in your apprenticeship course.
- Aged 16-17 years an apprentice is paid £4.81 per hour (April 2022-March 2023)
- Aged 19 and over an apprentice in the first year of an apprenticeship can be paid at least £4.81 per hour
- Aged 19 and over an apprentice in the second year of an apprenticeship must be paid at least the National Minimum Wage for their age.
An Apprentice Groom can be paid a higher hourly rate, but this is at the discretion of the individual employer.
No. “An apprentice” is a legal employment status and the apprenticeship course must be supported by a Training Provider, and all employment laws apply to apprentices just the same as any other more experienced/established groom. Every person a yard employs must be paid an hourly rate, at least the National Minimum Wage for Apprentices or for their age. There are strict guidelines on what can be deducted from the National Minimum Wage, which you can read more about here.
As an Apprentice is an official employed status the same laws apply as with any other job. The exception is that an Apprentice’s training must be included within the maximum hours worked, including time spent at college. The Working Time Directive sets out clear guidelines on how many hours an employee works:
- Workers aged under 18 can’t work more than 8 hours a day or 40 hours a week, and must have 2 consecutive days off work.
- Workers aged 18 and over can’t work more than 48 hours a week on average – normally averaged over 17 weeks, and do not require consecutive days off work.
There are plenty of job vacancies available that allow employees to take their own horse with them to the job. Many employers will accommodate a horse free of charge, others will charge a livery fee – discuss this with a potential employer when searching for Apprentice Groom Vacancies, and ensure the financial aspects are detailed in your Written Statement of Employment Particulars (employment contract).
Yes. Many Equine Apprentice vacancies are “live in” jobs. However, if you are under 18 years of age the employer must seek your parent’s/guardian’s written consent for you to live away from home.
Yes, but there are no guarantees that individual vacancies will still be open by the time you’re available to start the job. Stay in touch with any employers you’re in conversation with, and contact us with any queries and for guidance throughout your job seeking process.
Yes. Because an Apprentice is an official employment status, all employment laws apply, including the requirement to be issued a Written Statement of Employment Particulars (the “employment contract”); the Principle Statement no later than the first day of employment and the Wider Written Statement within two months of you starting work.
No. An Apprentice is an official employment status and all employment laws are applicable to the job role.
No. Either employee or employer can give notice in the normal way for any employment situation. Your apprenticeship can be transferred to a different employer and the employer can replace you with a new employee. However, you must have valid reasons for terminating an Apprenticeship and not simply decide that you no longer wish to continue with it. Speak to us for more information on this.