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Equine apprenticeships

Types of apprenticeships that you can apply for in the equine sector.

This apprenticeship gives you the opportunity for working in livery yards, riding schools, racing yards, training yards or using harnessed horses.

Training opportunities

Your training will focus on either general horse care, racehorse care or harness horse care, depending on your employer.

As an apprentice, you could find yourself in one of many jobs like 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.

Types of apprenticeships

There are 2 types of equine apprenticeships.

Intermediate level apprenticeship

  • assistant groom – non-ride
  • assistant groom – ride
  • assistant stud groom/hand
  • trek assistant
  • supporting harness horse trainer
  • assistant groom – agriculture
  • apprentice jockey
  • conditional jockey

Advanced level apprenticeship

  • groom
  • assistant yard manager
  • trek leader
  • intermediate instructor/level 3 coach
  • jockey
  • harness horse groom
  • harness horse driver
  • assistant harness horse trainer
  • harness horse groom – agriculture

Apply for an equine apprenticeship

You can become an apprentice in England if you’re:

  • 16 or over
  • eligible to work in England
  • not in full-time education