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Equine Groom Level 2

The Level 2 Equine Groom apprenticeship is a practical, hands-on programme where apprentices will work under supervision, individually or as part of a team.

Committed to the safety and welfare of the horses in their care, equine grooms will use their theoretical knowledge and understanding, practical experience and empathy to maintain the horses’ physical and psychological well-being within a safe working environment. The Equine Groom is an integral part in the life of the horse, providing essential day-to-day care. They will be involved with feeding, grooming, cleaning equipment, handling, preparing, exercising the horses and carrying out routine yard duties. The Equine Groom may also be required to assist with the preparation of, transport to and care for horses at competitions

The level 2 provides the opportunity to gain the foundation skills and experience needed to work in any equestrian yard, and provides a solid grounding for future employment within the sector.

The Level 2 Equine Groom standard is a 13-month apprenticeship and covers the key competencies required to successfully work as a groom, under supervision on an equine yard. Some of the topics covered include: Horse Anatomy, Physiology and Welfare, Horse Handling, Care and Appearance, Saddlery and Equipment as well as non-ridden exercise methods. There will also be modules covering personal development and employability skill such as team work, communication and safe working practices.

The equine groom apprenticeship is taught by our industry qualified tutors and is delivered through a blend of face-to-face and remote sessions. Apprentices are given resources to support them through the apprenticeship and additional e-learning modules are included in the delivery plan to enhance a learner’s knowledge and understanding.

In addition to this, all British Dressage apprentices will be provided with the opportunity to attend added value experiences such as trips, visits at events such as the national convention, high profile competitions, all supported by a British Dressage mentor.

Apprentices must be employed for the duration of the apprenticeship and work at least 30 hours per week for their employer with 20 per cent of their time allocated to ‘off the job’ training. The apprentices will be assessed via an end point assessment which includes a knowledge test, a portfolio-based interview and a project presentation to ensure they have gained the required knowledge, skills and behaviours to achieve the equine groom's standard.

Our dedicated apprenticeship recruitment team have extensive experience working in the apprenticeship sector and are committed to helping you find the perfect apprentice for your organisation. This is also supported by a Professional Programme Officer at British Dressage.

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