summerhouse-training-courses-gloucester Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships are for those over 16 years-old and not in full-time education. You may be just leaving school, seeking to start a new career, moving into a new role with your existing employer, or it may be that you already have a job you enjoy but have no recognised qualifications.

Competition for positions with employers can be fierce so you will need to show respect, commitment and be aware of your responsibilities to yourself and your employer. You will need to be happy working individually and as part of a team, demonstrating initiative and willingness to work hard.

summerhouse-training-courses-gloucester Equine Groom and Senior Equine Groom Apprenticeship Standards

The apprenticeship standards have been designed by employers for the job role requirements of the industry Groom.

The Level 2 Equine Groom is most suitable for those with limited experience caring for horses in a working environment. The Apprenticeship provides you with the skills, knowledge and behaviours needed to start your career in the Equine Industry.

The Level 3 Senior Equine Groom apprenticeship provides you with the skills, knowledge and behaviours to provide and coordinate the day to day care for horses and organise the team.

Summerhouse Training offer two pathways Ridden and Non-Ridden.

Becoming a Groom will:

• Help you work at the commercial speed equine employers expect.
• Increase your confidence in leading a team in the workplace.
• Give you the skills and knowledge to become a qualified senior member of staff.
• Give you a reference for your CV that demonstrates you can do your job to a high level.
• Gain essential employability skills to give you the best start in your career.

summerhouse-training-courses-gloucester Equine Groom Level 2:

On completion of the apprenticeship, newly qualified Equine Grooms will have proven CORE SKILLS and KNOWLEDGE enabling them to competently:-

   
Safe Working Practices Work safely and efficiently at all times and comply with current health, safety and security policies and procedures (including PPE).  
Yard and Field Routines and Duties Carry out all yard and field duties to include mucking out, skipping out, tidying and cleaning the yard, watering and feeding. Assess suitability of stabling and grassland environments for horses including checking for hazards etc. Assist with the arrival of a new horse to the yard, following current yard procedures and measures to prevent and control the spread of disease.  
Horse Anatomy, Physiology and Welfare Recognise, identify and describe horses including sex, height, type, colours and markings. Identify basic anatomy, to include points of the horse. Recognise signs of good and poor welfare (including ill health) and check for injuries. Report relevant information and assist with medical treatment and other industry specialists, including Senior Groom, Dentist, Farrier, Veterinary surgeon. Ensure the horses’ welfare before and after exercise or travel.  
Horse Handling, Care and Appearance Handle a variety of horses in the workplace to include tying up, leading, trotting up, turning out and catching in. Recognise different types of feed and hay and check their quality. Groom a horse including checking feet and shoes. Demonstrate trimming and plaiting.  
Saddlery and Equipment Fit a variety of common saddlery, equipment and horse clothing. Remove, clean and store common saddlery and equipment. Check the safe and effective working condition of all saddlery, equipment and clothing  
Travelling Horses Prepare horse(s) for travel using appropriate clothing and equipment. Assist with loading and unloading before and after travel.  
Non-Ridden Exercise Prepare for and provide a variety of appropriate non-ridden exercise including an introduction to lungeing.  

The Equine Groom will choose an Occupational route of Riding or Non Riding in addition to the Core units.

On completion of the apprenticeship, newly qualified Equine Grooms will have met the following English and Maths requirements

City & Guilds Functional Skills English Level 1 (equivalent to GCSE grade 5 or below) and Level 2 exam

City & Guilds Functional Skills Math Level 1 (equivalent to GCSE grade 5 or below) and Level 2 exam

Apprentices with a GCSE grade 5 or below will be given the opportunity to work towards a Functional Skills level 2 qualification (equivalent to GCSE grade 4 or above)

Course Completion

To complete the course, you will take an End Point Assessment, existing of a Knowledge Test, a Practical Observation and a Professional Discussion, based on the Portfolio you have put together during your training

summerhouse-training-courses-gloucester Senior Equine Groom Level 3:

On completion of the apprenticeship, newly qualified Senior Equine Grooms will possess the CORE knowledge and skills to understand:-
   
Safe Working Practices Promote, monitor and maintain safe working practices at all times and comply with current health, safety and security policies and procedures (including PPE). Contribute to risk assessments.  
Yard & Field Routines and Management

Organise, supervise and carry out all yard and field duties, day to day rotas and routines including liaising with vet, farrier and other visiting specialists. Maintain and organise basic yard based records including farrier, worming, vaccinations, etc.

Monitor, maintain and assess quality of stocks and supplies of feed and bedding. Evaluate, prepare and maintain stabling and grassland for horses. Manage horses stabled and at grass. Implement measures to prevent and control the spread of disease. Coordinate waste minimisation, environmental and sustainable working practices. Supervise admission of a new horse and carry out an initial assessment, to include record keeping and health status

 

Horse Anatomy, Physiology and Welfare Identify and discuss main superficial muscles and structure of the lower leg and foot. Assess and evaluate a horse including conformation, action, condition and fitness. Assess welfare (including health), recognise and treat common minor ailments and injuries. Administer first aid and treatments under veterinary advice to include, poultices, dressings and bandages. Administer permitted oral and topical treatments under direction. Take temperature, pulse and respiration rates of the horse.  
Horse Handling, Care and Appearance Identify and use appropriate methods to handle or restrain a horse. Prepare a range of horses for different types of work or competition to include grooming, clipping, trimming, pulling and plaiting. Recognise and discuss hoof balance. Demonstrate the correct procedure for removal of a shoe in line with current legislation.  
Nutrition & Fitness Plan and implement diets and feeding regimes. Organise the feed room and stock rotation.  
Travelling Horses Coordinate the preparation for travelling horses including supplies, equipment etc. Plan the transportation of horses by road taking into account current guidelines, documentation requirements and procedures. Prepare a horse for transport, load and unload safely following current health and safety protocol. Supervise and care for horses during and after transportation.  
Non-Ridden Exercise Prepare and lunge a horse for exercise using various types of equipment appropriately.  

The Senior Groom will choose an Occupational route of Riding or Non Riding in addition to the Core units

On completion of the apprenticeship, newly qualified Senior Equine Grooms will have met the following English and Maths requirements

City & Guilds Functional Skills English level 2 (equivalent to GCSE grade 4 or above)

City & Guilds Functional Skills Math Level 2 (equivalent to GCSE grade 4 or above)

Course Completion

To complete the course, you will take an End Point Assessment, existing of a Knowledge Test, a Practical Observation and a Professional Discussion, based on the Portfolio you have put together during your training

summerhouse-training-courses-gloucester Course Requirements

This course typically takes between 12 and 15 months to complete

  • You will need to have basic horse handling and care skills and ideally some working experience in the industry.
  • For the Riding Pathway you should be confident in walk, trot and canter, preferably with and without stirrups.
  • Some jumping experience is an advantage.
  • Basic Math and Communication Skills (a GCSE 4 or above in Math and English is an advantage, but not a requirement, as we have specialist tutors available)

summerhouse-training-courses-gloucester Course Requirements

This course typically takes 18 months to complete

  • To start the Senior Groom Apprenticeship you will need to have a Level 2 qualification in Horse Care or the equivalent experience.
  • Basic Math and Communication Skills (a GCSE 4 or above in Math and English is an advantage, but not a requirement, as we have specialist tutors available)

summerhouse-training-courses-gloucester British Horse Society Exam Entry

The new Equine Groom and Senior Equine Groom Apprenticeships map across to many BHS courses and in many cases allow direct entry to exams.

Please click here for more information on the direct entry requirements for BHS exams

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