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Equine Apprenticeships – invaluable education or slave labour?

Equine Apprenticeships – invaluable education or slave labour?

Equine Apprenticeships - Winning at your career developmentApprenticeships are officially on the rise. In fact, vacancies for apprentices have risen by 15% over the last year. Learning your trade alongside employers, experienced grooms and sometimes even our equestrian icons can help you to develop job-specific skills and earn a wage at the same time. No long-term life-altering student loans for the wily apprentice!

As your skills continue to develop, your earnings potential will increase too. What’s not to like about boosting your career prospects by developing the key skills that employers within the horse world really want. As a recruiter looking at CVs, I certainly consider that formal apprenticeships set a standard we can trust to consider the significant value added to many equine horse jobs applications, especially those looking to find their first serious horse job. This week Becky Parker has had a good look at all the available information to help demystify some of it. Over to you Becky…

Caroline

 


An overview of equine Apprenticeships

By Becky Parker

Fresh from the clutches of 11 years enforced education, drunk on your own freedom (honestly guv I’m just really happy), the prospect of earning a proper wage dangled in front of you tantalisingly, it can be tough persuading yourself to think long-term about career planning. The prospect of returning to a classroom for college courses or perhaps a degree holds no appeal for those who struggle with formal education or are just fed up with the confinement of a classroom.

Equine Apprenticeships - Invaluable Education or Slave Labour - Equine IndustryApprenticeships provide an alternative way to achieve formal, nationally recognised qualifications with training delivered in the workplace rather than a classroom. Learners are able to ‘earn while they learn’ as the tagline goes. The equine industry is famously fast-paced and physical, and there is unanimous thinking when it comes to the verdict that there is really no substitute for practical, on and off the job training. An equine Apprenticeship allows you to gain this in an unexploited, structured and planned way whilst also gaining the piece of paper to prove it.

Many of us long in the tooth now, remember fondly (or not) how in the good old days we started our equine career with Cressida von Jingo Smith-Evans, who housed us in a caravan on top of a windy hill and made us work 72 hours a day for 50p an hour and a bowl of gruel…yes? Well, apprenticeships can help avoid that and will give you memories of working for Cressida von Jingo Smith-Evans for a fair apprentice wage, working sensible, legal hours, living in decent accommodation, and gaining a formal qualification to boot!

 

Is there an age restriction on equine Apprenticeships?

Since 2016 young people aged 16 and 17 must, by law, stay in education, either in the form of an Apprenticeship/Traineeship or at College or Sixth form. There is no upper age limit on taking an apprenticeship course however, your age will dictate how much money the government will pay toward your training:
At age 16-18: Full government funding of the cost of training for employers with less than 50 employees.
At age 19+: Up to 95% government funding, so the employer will have to pay for the remaining fee.

Have a chat with an equine Apprenticeship provider to find out the options available to you.

 

Equine Apprenticeships - Invaluable Education or Slave Labour - Diplomas and other qualificationsThe Qualifications

Apprenticeships can be gained through a selection of different providers, each who will work in partnership with employers. When choosing a provider look at:

  • Whether they can offer you a placement in a discipline that truly interests you for the future.
  • Whether they offer Traineeships – this is a government based initiative designed to be a stepping stone on the way to full equine apprenticeships for candidates with essentially no prior experience working with horses. It is a short unpaid course between 6 weeks and 6 months, a typical average being 12-13 weeks. Traineeships combine work preparation training, for example CV writing and job finding skills, with a work placement plus Maths and English, if needed. The maximum hours per weeks is 30 which includes both study time and work experience. By the end of the course you are guaranteed an interview for a full apprenticeship. Note – only some training providers cater for this option. 
  • Whether there is a mix of training, ie: some providers will carry out all their assessments in the workplace whilst others will require you to attend the college campus for short periods of time. This can vary from one or two days every 4-6 weeks to say, 1 in every 5 working days.

 

Apprenticeship Levels

Level 2 Equine Groom Standard (Intermediate Groom)

The Level 2 Apprenticeship is for those starting out with a basic knowledge of horse care i.e. through owning their own or weekend yard jobs but still have limited industry experience. By the end of the course you should be comfortable taking care of all yard duties, assisting with minor injuries and working to an acceptable speed in a busy professional yard handling and exercising a variety of types of horses. Course Duration = 12-15 months, leading to an independent endpoint assessment.

 

Level 3 Equine Apprenticeship Framework (Advanced Groom)

The Level 3 Apprenticeship aims to produce grooms fit to head straight into senior groom roles such as head girl, main competition groom, sole charge or head lad depending on your specific interest. By the end of the course you should be proficient in all areas of care including recognising and treating injuries, have a basic understanding of anatomy and physiology, clipping, show turnout and have competition grooming experience. The course also involves learning to manage a small to medium team of staff taking on a supervisory role leading by example and advising others how to progress themselves.

Course Duration = 18-24 months with on-program assessment.

 

Equine Apprenticeships - Invaluable Education or Slave Labour - Equine CareersPathways

For the Level 2 Standard there are 5 different pathways to choose from that will shape the direction and specifics of your apprenticeship. These are:

  • Breeding
  • Driving
  • Racing
  • Riding
  • Non-riding

For the level 3 Framework there are 4 different pathways to choose from:

  • Breeding
  • Racing
  • Riding
  • Non-riding

 

Advanced Apprentice In Sporting Excellence (AASE)

The AASE is an Apprenticeship designed for elite athletes aged 16-19, identified by their National Governing Body as having the potential to excel in their sport.

British EventingBritish Dressage and British Showjumping all run AASE courses.

To find out more about the equine Apprenticeships available to you contact an official provider of equine Apprenticeships – links provided at the end of this article.

 

Equine Apprenticeships - Invaluable Education or Slave Labour - Earn while you learnThe Wage

Admittedly this is not a lot if you’re aged 16-18 or you’re 19+ in your first year apprenticeship you are entitled to the National Minimum Wage for Apprentices which from 1st April 2020 – 31st March 2021 is set at £4.15 per hour. If you’re 19+ and in the second year apprenticeship the minimum you must be paid by law is the National Minimim Wage for your age, just like any other groom.  Fortunately, in the equine industry jobs will often (but not always) include accommodation, all bills, perhaps livery for a horse and in some cases food, which are great benefits. Compare this to the cost of going to college or University where you will receive no wage at all and pay for accommodation and you’re winning. As an apprentice between the ages of 16-18 the maximum hours you can work is 40 over a 5-day week and you must have 2 consecutive days off. Once over 18 you can work up to 48 hours per week and your days off do not need to be consecutive.

 

The Contract

You will have an ‘Apprenticeship Agreement’ which will be provided to you by the training provider. It is the agreement between the Employer and Apprentice regarding the training to be delivered as part of the Apprenticeship.

In addition, you must be given a “Written Statement of Employment Particulars” (aka Written Contract).

You will be an employee, which may be an open-ended or a fixed term contract for the duration of your Apprenticeship, and thus all employment laws will apply to you. You must be given a Principle Statement of Employment no later than your first day of work and your Wider Written Statement of Employment within your first 2 months of employment as an Apprentice. However, it is good practice for you to receive it prior starting the position.

The document must:

  1. provide that the apprentice undertakes to work for the employer under the agreement
  2. be in the prescribed form in that it must contain certain minimum information, such as the place of work, job title, rate of pay, holiday entitlement etc.
  3. state that it is governed by the Law of England and Wales
  4. state that it is entered into in connection with a qualifying apprenticeship framework

 

Weighing things up

Equine Apprenticeships - Invaluable Education or Slave Labour - Building your equine careerNow let’s take an objective look at whether equine Apprenticeships work in your favour or not…

PROS

  • Importantly, hands-on  INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE which will make you instantly more attractive to future employers.
  • Equine Apprenticeships provide young people with a positive, supportive start into the working world.
  • Training providers help students with guided career development to ensure they make educated decisions when they move on.
  • Structured pay, benefits and holidays overseen by the training providers ensuring learners are treated fairly.
  • Placements at top yards who otherwise might not consider junior staff.
  • A structured program of learning that ensures you constantly progress and address any weaknesses.
  • Confidence in your ability through passing assessments and feedback from tutors.
  • Multiple references for your CV from employers and tutors.

CONS

  • The wage is usually lower than you would earn as a fully qualified groom.
  • As a trainee you will be starting with the basics, including the less desirable jobs!
  • If you are a more mature student (19+) employers have to contribute 5% towards the cost of your training, so it may be harder to find placements.

*It’s worth noting that, whilst an apprenticeship is work-based training, a commitment to studying the horse care knowledge required is essential!

 

Alternative Options

Equine Apprenticeships - Invaluable Education or Slave Labour - Gain formal qualificationsAlways ensure you explore every option before making a final decision, bearing in mind that 16-18 year olds are now required by law to remain in full time education or training. Alternative ways to get started in a career with horses are;

1. Gaining your BHS Qualifications (for 16-18 year olds: alongside full time education)

See our past article all about this subject to learn more – www.thegroomslist.co.uk/equine-careers-bhs-qualifications/

2. Studying full time at an equine college

An attractive option to many horse lovers instead of traditional A levels/uni is to opt for a vocational college instead where you will be trained in a mix of theoretical and practical skills including riding. Most colleges also have a live-in option, many an ex-student has a tale or two to tell about the shenanigans taking place there.

3. Junior Grooms

There are still some yards who will employ ‘Junior Grooms’. Although the term “Junior Groom” implies someone young, a Junior Groom role can be available for anyone, although as an inexperienced “trainee” it is likely you will earn little or no more than the National Minimum Wage for your age until you have gained a certain amount of experience. If  studying in any form is really not for you, or perhaps you wish to pursue a riding career and are offered a role that provides you with many opportunities under a very supportive coach/professional rider, and you are aged 18 or above, this could in some situations be worth it. Just ensure any promises made to you are made in writing and adhered to, and that your salary and “Working Contract” meet legal requirements.

Working Pupil and Junior Groom jobs – a word of advice

The terms “working pupil” and “Junior Groom” are often used to describe job roles suitable for less experienced grooms, but it is important to understand the legalities of these job descriptions. The term “Working Pupil” implies that you are an employee working under the tutelage of your boss or a superior, more experienced colleague. The term “Junior Groom” implies that you are a less experienced groom than your colleagues. The fact is in both cases, you are simply a “Trainee Groom” – you will not be receiving any recognised qualification or certification on completion of your training, and the training you will receive will be subjective to the yard/environment you are working in and not governed by any official entity. This isn’t to say that “Working Pupil”, “Junior Groom” or “Trainee Groom” positions are a bad thing – they are often the job roles that start off extremely successful equine careers, but it is important that you are not exploited in any way through your own, or your employer’s naivety about these terms.

The simple facts to remember are:

  1. 16-17 year olds MUST remain in formal, full time education, and so cannot by law accept a role as a “Working Pupil” or “Junior Groom” unless it is within a proper apprenticeship.
  2. A Working Pupil or Junior Groom who is not officially employed may not be covered by the employers/yard owners insurancwe should the untoward happen!
  3. The ONLY job role legally entitled to pay less than the National Minimum Wage for your age is an Apprenticeship, which is subject to a separate wage scale and contractual obligation, as detailed above. And by ‘Apprenticeship’ we mean in truth, not in job title alone. Your equine Apprenticeship will be provided by an official body (for example Educ8 Equine).
  4. ANY other Working Pupil/Junior Groom/Training Groom role is subject to the same National Minimum Wage and contractual obligations as any other employment role. Do not ever accept a salary that is less than the National Minimum Wage for your age in exchange for training on the job.

The British Grooms Association (BGA) provide further information about the term “Working Pupil” here.

If you are an employer or employee and are uncertain of the legalities surrounding this matter please don’t hesitate to contact us for a no-obligation, confidential chat about the employment status.

Equine Apprenticeships - Invaluable Education or Slave Labour - a solid start to your equine career

Conclusion

Ultimately the only person who can decide whether an Apprenticeship is the right career path for you, is YOU! It can help at times like this to employ Caroline’s method described in her New Year’s blog post and stand back to take a helicopter view of your life. Daydream on where you would like to be 5 years from now and work out the best way to get there. Always be honest with yourself about your own strengths and weaknesses, what will you enjoy most? What are you most likely to stick at? What’s right for some people is completely wrong for others!

If you do decide to go down the Apprenticeship route don’t be afraid to reference check your employer too, ask to speak to current or past working pupils and find out if the job description matches and if the working environment is one you can see yourself fitting in with. Once the decision is made, commit to the job and training completely. Be prepared to work hard and show yourself to be a keen apprentice willing to learn and you will be set for a flying start to your equine career!

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Job Description *Own horse welcomed *Pets considered *5 1/2 days pw (depending on competitions)*Dressage, SJ and XC lessons provided for keen riders. Live in Apprentice Groom required to work in a 5* eventing yard  – a professional, private yard near Devizes, Wiltshire. 8 horses from all levels up to 5* (including a few retirees). This close-knit team works hard and takes care of each other. Dressage, SJ and XC lessons provided for keen riders on their own horse.  Most importantly, must like and care about our horses. Overseen by a full time professional event rider based at our yard who competes at 5* and who also competes some of the horses you will be responsible for looking after.  Flat and Jump lessons will also be available with the professional as part of your employment. Opportunity to groom at competitions, and learn about all aspects of top class sport horse welfare and yard management.  You will work alongside experienced grooms and learn from them in a hands on way. College apprenticeship offered – Level 3 Advanced Apprentices preferred, but Level 2 Apprentices with good experience of working with fit event horses also welcome. Must be able to hack fit event horses.  No need to school for dressage or jumping (although we are happy for you to help with this if you are able and want to). Superb facilities (indoor 23 stable American barn, indoor and outdoor schools, horse walker, lunge pen, and lovely hacking).   Minimum Requirements Must have experience of working with for competition horses and have a good knowledge of basic safe practice.   Accommodation details Live in position, with shared onsite accommodation in a spacious and well appointed 4 bedroom staff flat.   Benefits Free livery for your horse.   Lessons will be provided.   Opportunities to travel to events.  The farm is in Wiltshire, near Devizes on the edge of Salisbury Plains, and about 30 minutes from the lovely cities of Bath and Salisbury.  
Job Description *Own horse welcomed *Pets considered *5 1/2 days pw (depending on competitions)*Dressage, SJ and XC lessons provided for keen riders. Live in Groom/Exercise Rider required to work in a 5* eventing yard  – a professional, private yard near Devizes, Wiltshire. 8 horses from at all levels up to 5* (including a few retirees). This close-knit team works hard and takes care of each other. Dressage, SJ and XC lessons provided for keen riders on their own horse.  Most importantly, must like and care about our horses. Overseen by a full time professional event rider based at our yard who competes at 5* and who also competes some of the horses you will be responsible for looking after.  Flat and Jump lessons will also be available with the professional as part of your employment.  Competitions also possible on own horse as part of our competition schedule Must be experienced grooming at competitions, as well as comfortable with all aspects of top class sport horse welfare and yard management.  You will work alongside another experienced groom/rider. Must be able to hack fit event horses, and ideally be fine to do some faster canter fitness work with them.  No need to school for dressage or jumping (although we are happy for you to help with this if you are able and want to). Superb facilities (indoor 23 stable American barn, indoor and outdoor schools, horse walker, lunge pen, and lovely hacking). Good wage and benefits. Minimum Requirements Candidates must be able to perform full stable duties and horse care, hack well and safely, lunge, and have a high standard of competition turn-out. Accommodation details Live in position, with shared onsite accommodation in a spacious and well appointed 4 bedroom staff flat. Benefits Free livery for your horse.   Lessons will be provided.   Opportunities to travel to local and international events.  The farm is in Wiltshire, near Devizes on the edge of Salisbury Plains, and about 30 minutes from the lovely cities of Bath and Salisbury.
*Package totally negotiable for someone with desired skills, experience & qualifications * Well appointed house available for couples Lovely, long term job for a single person or a working couple. Position (s) suited to experienced and competent person(s) for a position on a family yard with top competition standards and where they are used to competing at the highest levels. This family-run show jumping yard in Warwickshire needs an experienced Groom(s)/Exercise Rider(s) to work alongside other full and part-time staff in caring for 14 stable kept horses – a mix of show jumpers and children’s ponies. All usual duties. Youngstock and retired horses also kept in the field so will need to be used to handling young stock. Two children in the family so must be a child, friendly person. Friendly and fun family. The role includes some all usual yard work home but away at shows too to professional standards. HGV license ideal. Team player essential. Some weekends so flexibility required. On-site accommodation provided (not shared, could be a house for a couple or a flat). Please call Caroline and the Team on 0203 006 5730/07747 686118 or email caroline@carolinecarterrecruitment.com      
PLEASE NOTE, FOR THIS VACANCY,  WE WILL ONLY ACCEPT APPLICATIONS FROM JOB SEEKERS WITH: A CURRENT CV ATTACHED TO A CURRENT JOB SEEKER PROFILE AN HGV LICENSE (able to drive a 26t lorry)  *Salary IRO £400/£450+ top, top wage for previous competition grooming experience depending on experience *Own horse and pets welcomed *Partner welcomed This vacancy is a lovely and rare opportunity for an experienced Groom who combines the experience of working on a family yard, with performance horse know how ideally gained within a SJ/jumping environment to work as a competition Groom or would suit someone already experienced in Competition grooming. This family of young riders are very active most weekends and therefore you will need to be prepared to cover this, although some weekends off are available by prior arrangement and exception. You will need to be flexible to work 5.5 sometimes 6 days a week Must be prepared to cover weekends and stay away You will need to be flexible enough to handle an environment where things change regularly as it is a fast-paced, rapidly expanding scenario. You would need to take this in your stride and it would be ideal if you saw this as invigorating and exciting rather than a nuisance! The family have 18 quality jumping horses  (currently managed by 2 FT/ 1pt & the Yard manager/ trainer) and  on a second yard, an assortment of broodmares and young stock, (hopefully destined for a career in SJ/jumping.)  The family consists of non-riding dad who is looking forward to spending more time with his family as part of their journey, mum who is an experienced horsewoman and 3 daughters (aged 12-15 years old) who are very keen indeed. The girls all do BSJ and want to eventually do European tours & be on YR teams. They are the focus of the role and all activities that go on with both yards, will underpin these equestrian dreams. Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com      
   * Salary starting at £30,000K negotiable upwards plus accommodation depending on experience *Own horse and pets welcomed *Partner welcomed No 1 Experienced Show Jumping Competition Groom required for a vacancy with a very ambitious & competitive family. Good references ESSENTIAL & confidentiality assured. You should be currently working as a Competition Groom on a Show Jumping yard or have done so within the last 2 years. You should be willing to travel home and abroad and experienced driving a 26t+ lorries transporting horses to training and shows. 18 quality jumping horses on the main yard and homebred/ other young stock destined for a career in SJ/jumping all kept in top accommodation to the highest standards. Start date negotiable.   Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email Caroline @carolinecarterrecruitment.com      
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 info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
* Negotiable depending on experience but very competitive*Shared accommodation on site(would consider live-out) Experienced stud hand required to work with the rest of the team. This would be during yearling prep initially and then general stud duties after the sales season and is a year-round position, not seasonal. A team approach to typical stud work with associated stud hours ie: sometimes quiet and other times round the clock eg: foaling season. Tractor/lorry driving is welcomed but not essential Mares and foals/young stock/ racehorses all kept and some sales prep required etc. TB experience essential and ideally gained on a thoroughbred stud. Please call Caroline and the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email caroline@carolinecarterrecruitment.com Please note call Caroline & the Team will be ‘screening’ suitable applicants between 9-2pm . Pls could call us during those times on 0203 006 573. Please make sure your job seeker profile is up to date and that you have a current CV attached. We look forward to speaking with you then about this super opportunity 🙂 C x
Job Description Jumping / Dealing stable We are looking for a jumping rider for our sales stable in the Lewitz. Your mainwork will be riding and a little stable work (feeding) together with your team. Showing young quality horses to our customers, under the saddle or in free jumping, is also one of your tasks.   If necessary you get help from our trainer and you gain a lot of experience in jumping. We offer regulated working hourses ( 8.00-17.00) and  the possibility to get breakfast and lunch at our farm. Our modern equipped accomodations we offer at a reduced rental price.   If you`re a cheerful and nice person, reliable and tidy, able to do a good flat work and you have experience in jumping, than we look forward to you! Minimum Requirements experience in  jumping young horses   Accommodation details You will be offered accommodation (single or double rooms) each equipped with a private shower, and in each house you find a washing machine and a dryer.There is free internet in the rooms. Rooms cost around 190 € per month, including electricity and water, breakfast and lunch around 156 € per month. Of cource, we will help you with all the administrative issues which come up at the beginning. Provide you with translating assistance during the doctor`s visits if necessary and help you with anything else that you need.   Benefits    
*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 info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com  
**14/7/20 Position under offer. Applications accepted for reserve list  CC *** *IRO £22,500K + accommodation *2 bed house with own garden *Dog, pets and horse welcomed *Partner welcomed     Senior position available at picturesque Hunt Kennels. Year-round position to manage the yard, Groom/Ride and to head a team of 2 other FT workers (in season). Previous Stud Groom did 4 seasons so this is a long term opportunity in a lovely environment with nice people to work with.   Opportunity for sole charge and to make the job what you want it to be (within certain parameters of course as the job is to manage a yard of hunt horses and all that goes with that but it doesn’t have to be a dull job 😉.)   Must have all usual skills, abilities and experience including good levels of turnout skills, ability to work well with others and a license to drive a 7.5t lorry.   Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
Job Description In 1992, Paul Schockemöhle, a successful businessman and former European Show Jumping Champion, purchased a large site in the expanses of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. On no less than 3,000 hectares of land in the heart of the protected landscape of the Lewitz, a centre for modern horse breeding which accommodates 4,000 horses and is unparalleled in Europe has emerged over the years. Around 250 employees look after the well-being of the horses, which are kept in spacious stables and in speciesappropriate herds in the expanses of the Lewitz. The riding stables entrusted with training the horses are three geographically separated farmsteads under a common organisational umbrella. At each of the individual sites, site managers look after the training of the horses with their teams. A jumping horse trained on the Lewitz stud runs through all three stations chronologically. The “Stern-Buchholz” site is outside the gates of the state capital Schwerin. The team headed by Birgit Brandsätter and Paulo Castro here is responsible for breaking in all the horses, as well as for the further training of the dressage horses and the preparation of the colts for licensing.   Accommodation details The stud’s own apartments, modern and practically furnished, give you affordable living space near your place of work and make it easier for you to form and strengthen social relationships even after you finish work. On request, you will be served breakfast and lunch in the stud’s own canteens.   Benefits Of course, we will help you with all the administrative issues which come up at the beginning, provide you with translating assistance during doctor’s visits if necessary and help you with anything else that you need. We will do everything to make your stay as pleasant as possible for you.  
**23/6/20 Under offer subject to reference checks*** *Salaries negotiable depending on experience IRO £23-£29K pa per person + accommodation. * 1 or 2 bedroom cottage with parking available *Pets welcomed *Own horse considered (but difficult as all boxes currently occupied) *5 day week. This family require a flexible, country-loving, reliable, self-sufficient and proactive couple with good communication skills ready to welcome all guests in a polite and friendly manner. Previous estate management experience essential for a combination of duties. Experienced and knowledgeable horse care also required as a family are not very experienced. There are two children are 10 and 8 years old and they purely ride for leisure, no competition whatsoever at this point but would like some escorted/lead hacks & informal tuition. Odd weekend off by prior arrangement in advance but as family visit most weekends,  they will not be regular occurrences so need to be prepared for weekdays off (2 consecutive days possible) : Outline Job descriptions: Housekeeping/House duties include but are not limited to Cleaning, washing and ironing, food shopping, household provisioning, household maintenance, overseeing contractors. Whenever somebody is in the house; be it, family or guests, the housekeeper will prepare lunch and dinner, (fresh healthy home cooking, lots of fish, vegetables, a variety of salads mainly based on European style dishes). The housekeeper is not required to serve the family however they will be required to clear away after meals and weather permitting some outdoor dining will need to be facilitated. Although the family like to entertain family and friends, most entertaining is informal. For any formal entertaining outside caterers will be available so communication, liaising and management of this will be a feature of the role. Grooming/outdoor duties include but are not limited to: Day to day management and maintenance of the property, yard and grounds which will include the gardens, greenhouse, vegetable garden, lawns and flower beds, (alongside contracted gardeners). Looking after chickens and rabbits & possibly other small animals/pets. Other duties will include general property maintenance, hence good DIY skills would be helpful. Management and maintenance of the estate car to fuel, clean and driving to the local station and airport for family and guests. The highest level of care to be provided for the family’s 4 horses 19-year-old 16HH owners horse who has recently developed allergies 17-year old small horses who need careful footcare and 2 x 10-year-old horses just short of 16HH and one has just recently had a bout of laminitis. Confident management and lightweight rider needed. All normal grooming duties will be required to a good standard ie: Feeding and watering, all aspects of yard work duties including; hay, muck out, turn out, groom, clip and bandage, recognising and acting on all animal ailments, cleaning the chicken coops/rabbit hutches etc. Keeping the yard, tack room and equipment immaculate at all times. Exercising the horses daily in menage or beautiful woodland which surrounds the property. Experience of trailer towing ideal. Light gardening, (FT gardener contracted) grounds, yard and property
*Accommodation available   *Competitive salary depending on experience  *Dog welcome *Great opportunity to get a foot in the door of the TB Stud World! This is a fantastic opportunity for a Groom who wishes to gain experience and enter the professional world of the thoroughbred Stud as a Stud Hand on this busy, medium sized, family stud. This operation is ambitious with a close knit professional and friendly team who we know well and who would all recommend. The role includes all normal yard duties, handling of mares, foals, young stock and horses out of training. Previous thoroughbred stud and sales preparation experience a bonus but not essential. Driving licence essential. 🙂 Caroline’s comments:) We have placed several staff with these employers over the years and had great feedback. A professional, well run establishment with a family feel. A great place to develop your career and be part of a small welcoming Team. Please call Caroline on 0203 006 5730 or email caroline@carolinecarterrecruitment.com

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Caroline Carter Recruitment Ltd
The Stables
Fildyke Road
Meppershall
Bedfordshire
SG17 5LU

caroline@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
0203 006 5730 / 07747 686 118

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