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Traineeships are an ideal opportunity for young people who are motivated to get a job but who lack the skills and experience that employers look for. If you have been unsuccessful applying for Apprenticeships due to lack of skills and/or experience then you might be a good candidate for a traineeship.

The Level 1 Horse Care is a fundamental pathway to an occupational role in all equine businesses, and vital to an industry that contributes over £8bn to the British economy each year. Horse industries are steeped in tradition, yet embrace innovation and technology.

Trainees will be developing a skill set that prepares them for entering a vocational industry, where they must adhere to safe working practices, be prepared to work in all weather conditions and often in “out of hours” situations. They will be required to have dedication, commitment and the physical and mental toughness to cope with the rigours of the role.

Trainees will develop their theoretical knowledge and understanding, practical experience and empathy to maintain the horses’ physical and psychological well-being within a safe working environment. This is a practical, “hands on” course where trainees will work under supervision individually or as part of a team.  They will be involved with feeding, grooming, cleaning equipment, handling, preparing, exercising the horses and carrying out routine yard duties.

As part of the Traineeship the successful candidate will also complete 120 hours work experience, a course in employability and Maths and English if not already held.

The Traineeship will take 6 months to complete.

The following are not mandatory for entry onto this course however we encourage all potential students to aim to have 5 GCSE’s at Grades A-D (or 9-4 on the new grading system), or equivalent, including Maths and English.

This course is appropriate for individuals who may not have many prior academic achievements or relevant experience.

The successful candidate should be:

  • Aged 16-18 years, unemployed (or work less than 16 hours per week) and have little work experience.
  • Motivated to work.
  • Not be qualified at a higher level course or enrolled onto an apprenticeship.

This course is fully funded for 16 – 18 year olds

Work Based blended delivery programme consisting predominantly of on-site HEROS Tutor led training and assessment.  The majority of the mandatory work experience will be conducted on North Farm Stud which is the same site as HEROS Education.  There is the opportunity for students to find external work experience placements towards the end of their course if desired.

  • Level 1 Horse Care Certificate/Diploma  – 1st4Sport
  • Entry Level Employability – ABC
  • 120 Hours Work Experience
  • Maths and English Functional Skills (If a higher qualification is not held)

To apply for this course, complete an HEROS Education online Enquiry Form. You can also contact the HEROS Education Team by phone or email.

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Call our Office on:  01488 638243

Download PDF of course information here.

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We could not continue our valuable work without the support of our many friends and donors, including corporate sponsors. Without their support many HEROS Charity fundraising events would not be possible; we are grateful to our sponsors for the opportunity their support provides in enabling us to take our fundraising activities to a wider audience.