Senior Equine Groom Standard Apprenticeship Level 3 -

Senior Equine Groom Standard Apprenticeship Level 3

Course Details

  • Department

    Equine
  • Qualification

    Level 3
  • Length

    2 Years
  • Location(s)

    York

Course at a glance

An apprenticeship is a job with training. The job must have a productive purpose and should provide the apprentice with the opportunity to embed and consolidate the knowledge, skills and behaviours they need for their immediate job and future career.

Entry Requirements

GCSEs

Individual employers will set their own selection criteria.

This apprenticeship usually requires the apprentice to have prior experience in the sector and be in a role with sufficient responsibility to enable them to demonstrate achievement of all the Knowledge and Skills required.

Apprentices should have Level 2 Maths and English, equivalent to GCSE Grade 4 (old GCSE Grade C) or above. Where apprentices do not hold these qualifications they must demonstrate the ability to achieve these.

Cost for students aged Under 19

Free

for students over the age of 19 please contact us

Course summary

The Equine industry contributes over £8bn to the British economy each year. Horse industries are steeped in tradition, yet embrace innovation and technology. There are about a million horses (including all domestic equine species, namely horses, ponies, donkeys and their hybrids) kept for recreation and commercial use in the UK.

A Senior Equine Groom will be capable of looking after a small to medium sized equine yard and supervising a diverse team of workers. They will be capable of offering advice, support and guidance to their team, whilst possessing appropriate people skills necessary for their chosen sector.

They will have a sound base of experience and knowledge and have the right empathy so as to promote the horses’ physical and psychological well-being within a safe working environment. The Senior Equine Groom will have a sound knowledge of horse anatomy and physiology and the ability to assess and promote health. They will be able to recognise and treat common minor injuries and ailments.

They will be capable of presenting horses to a high standard and can demonstrate the skills required to groom, plait and clip horses. Senior Equine Grooms may have the opportunity to travel nationally and internationally, preparing and caring for horses at competitions, the races, sales, shows and other public appearances.

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

On completion apprentices can progress to the higher level apprenticeship with a management focus, where they have sufficient responsibility within their job role.

Key Information

Through your daily work with your employer and your training sessions with the college, you will learn the core content covering the generic requirements of managing horses competently including:

  • Promoting, monitoring and maintaining safe working practices at all times and complying with current health, safety and security policies and procedures, and contributing to risk assessments.
  • Organising, supervising and carrying out all yard and field duties, day to day rotas and routines including liaising with vet, farrier and other visiting specialists.
  • Maintaining and organising yard based records including farrier, worming, vaccinations, etc.
  • Monitoring, maintaining and assessing quality of stocks and supplies of feed and bedding.
  • Evaluating, preparing and maintaining stabling and grassland for horses.
  • Managing horses stabled and at grass, and implementing measures to prevent and control the spread of disease.
  • Coordinating waste minimisation, environmental and sustainable working practices.
  • Supervising admission of a new horses and carry out an initial assessment, to include record keeping and health status.
  • Planning and implementing diets and feeding regimes, and organising the feed room and stock rotation.
  • Coordinating the preparation for travelling horses including supplies, equipment, routes and completion of required documentation.

You will follow one of the five specialised routes appropriate to where they are working from:

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

 

On successful completion of the training period, you will move through End Point Assessment Gateway and be in a position to undertake the assessments required in order to achieve your apprenticeship.

The End Point Assessment will only start once the employer is satisfied that you are consistently working at or above the level set out in the occupational standard, the pre-requisite gateway requirements have been met and that they can be evidenced to an End Point Assessment Organisation.

The End Point Assessor will be appointed by the EPAO and will be entirely independent to the college.

For this apprenticeship the End Point Assessment will include:

  • Multiple choice knowledge online exam
  • Practical assessment of tasks in your workplace
  • Professional discussion in your workplace

Your apprenticeship will be graded Fail, Pass or Distinction.

 

 

The duration of the apprenticeship is based on a skills analysis and the development opportunities within the business.

The maximum duration for this apprenticeship training period is 18 months, with a further period to undertake the End Point Assessment.

 

This could be reduced where an apprentice holds previous experience.

Individual employers will set their own selection criteria.

This apprenticeship usually requires the apprentice to have prior experience in the sector and be in a role with sufficient responsibility to enable them to demonstrate achievement of all the Knowledge and Skills required.

 

 

 

Apprentices should have Level 2 Maths and English, equivalent to GCSE Grade 4 (old GCSE Grade C) or above. Where apprentices do not hold these qualifications they must demonstrate the ability to achieve these.

Employers pay for apprenticeship training, where fees are applicable. We will discuss this with your employer when we complete a set-up with them.

The fees charged for the apprenticeship include any awarding body registration costs, all on-programme teaching, assessment and support delivered by the college, support materials, access to college facilities such as the Learning Resource Centre, Student Moodle, and access to wider college student support services where required.

 

Employers must pay apprentices at least the minimum rate set out by current National Minimum Wage Legislation. This includes payment for all off-job learning and any associated costs such as travel and accommodation.

Information about the National Minimum Wage can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/national-minimum-wage-rates

Employer involvement

Your employer must enable you to spend a minimum of 20% of your usual work hours undertaking off-job learning. This is defined as learning which is undertaken outside of the normal day-to-day working environment and leads towards the achievement of the apprenticeship. This can include training that is delivered at your normal place of work but must not be delivered as part of your normal working duties, and must be directly relevant to the apprenticeship standard.

Off-job learning could include the following:

– Teaching of theory such as lectures, role playing, simulation exercises, online learning

– Practical training such as shadowing experienced staff or mentoring, industry visits and attendance at competitions

– Study support and time spent writing assessments/assignments

Your employer must commit to supporting you in the workplace, participating in progress review meetings, providing use of ICT facilities so you can access your e-portfolio and agreeing/ensuring your readiness for the End Point Assessment. They may be required to provide further supporting evidence/endorsements about your performance, which form part of the End Point Assessment.

Further details of the End Point Assessment will be made available to you during your induction.

College input

We will support you through regular Apprenticeship Progress Review meetings with you and your manager, ensuring well planned vocational training takes place and support your theory learning in the workplace with a range of learning materials.

How to apply

Applications should be made using the college application form or via the college website. This form can be found at: https://www.askham-bryan.ac.uk/application/register.

Upon receipt of your application you will have an interview with the Course Manager.

Further information

Further information is available on:

Senior equine groom / Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education

Or, for more information, contact the Apprenticeship Admin team on:

apprenticeships@askham-bryan.ac.uk

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