Britain has one of the highest quality equine industries in the world and is internationally recognised as the leading source of equine expertise. Horses are found to be all around the country.

The equine industry in the UK is both vibrant and valuable, contributing £7bn a year to the economy. With around 1m horses in the UK, the industry has a gross output of £3.8bn a year and provides full time employment of about 200,000, many in rural areas. The opportunities are vast, livery yards, riding schools, racing yards, training yards or using harnessed horses all provide an enriched learning environment for apprentices.

The Educ8 Equine advisory team has over 15 years’ experience with equine apprenticeships.  We all still own and ride horses, hold a range of industry qualifications up to BHS Instructor level and are passionate about ensuring young people entering into employment in the sector do so with the opportunity to have excellent training, gain industry recognised qualifications and develop valuable practical skills.

There are two levels of equine apprenticeships, Groom (level 2) and Senior Groom (level 3). The Groom is predominately aimed at apprentices just starting their equine career with the Senior Groom being suitable for an apprentice that is ready to develop not only their equine knowledge further but also their managerial skills.

The apprenticeships covers many specialisms, but all deal with the welfare, supervision and riding of horses. Your training will focus on general horse care developing the “hands on” skills that are essential for maintain the horses’ physical and mental wellbeing. As an apprentice, you could find yourself in one of many job roles, such as stable hand, groom, stud assistant or riding instructor. You’ll learn how to take care of horses, which will include everything from feeding and grooming through to exercising/competing.

The potential equine apprentice will need to decide in which sector of the industry they wish to progress and select the appropriate occupational route.

There are FIVE specialised routes for the employer and the apprentice to select from to suit job role and responsibilities;

  • Breeding specific
  • Driving specific
  • Racing specific
  • Riding specific
  • Non Riding specific

Expected Duration: Equine Groom 12 -18 months with a minimum of 12 months and Senior Equine Groom 18-24 months with a minimum of 12 months.

More information of what is entailed in each of our Equine standards can be found below:

Equine Groom Level 2 Standard

  • Institute of Apprenticeships Level 2 Apprenticeship in Equine Groom
  • Functional Skill in English Level 1
  • Functional Skill in Maths Level 1

Senior Groom Level 3 Standard

  • Institute of Apprenticeship Level 3 Apprenticeship in Senior Groom
  • Functional Skill in English Level 2
  • Functional Skill in English Level 2

For more information contact 01443 749000 /  educ8england@educ8training.co.uk or alternatively download our brochure. You can also like and follow our Equine Facebook page for the latest updates and information!

Animal Care

The Animal care industry is worth £1 billion to the UKs economies. It has 13,000 businesses, 78,000 employees and lots of volunteers. It is a vocation that draws people form a variety of backgrounds to putting their passion for the care and welfare of animals into practice. When talking about the animal care industry, we are generally referring to; boarding kennels, catteries, pet breeders, training, grooming, animal welfare charities, zoos, wildlife parks, public services and performing animals in film and television.

There is currently only one live Standard , the Animal Care and Welfare Assistant (level 2).  Animal Care and Welfare Assistants look after the routine day to day husbandry and care of domestic and/or wild animals under guidance in a variety of different settings. The work is carried out individually or as part of a team.

There are several different specific pathways

  • Animal Interaction and Handling
  • Rehoming
  • Movement and Transportation
  • Operational/Reception Duties
  • Breeding
  • Zoos, Aquaria and Exotics
  • Working Dog Handler
  • Wildlife Rehabilitation,
  • Veterinary Care Support

More information of what is entailed in our Animal Care standards can be found below:

Animal Care and Welfare Assistant Level 2 Standard

  • Institute of Apprenticeship Level 2 in Animal Care & Welfare Assistant
  • Functional Skill in English Level 2
  • Functional Skill in Maths Level 2

If you would like to find out more information contact us on 01443 749000 / educ8england@educ8training.co.uk  or alternatively download our brochure !