The Equestrian Learning Academy
Pencil Wood Barn
T: 01245 364381
Our programmes are funded through Stroud College or Qube Learning and part financed by the European Social Fund
What are Apprenticeships?
They are government funded work-based training programmes for ages of 16 and over designed around the needs of employers, which lead to national recognised qualifications for the Apprentice. An Apprentice can be a new or an existing employee who needs to learn new skills and the only entry criteria is that they cannot have a degree. There may also be a government grant of £1500 (limited number available) if you take on an Apprentice so there has never been a better time to enquire about offering a position.
The Equestrian Learning Academy specialise in the Equine Apprenticeship and Advanced Apprenticeship 'framework' specialising in the Horse Care 'pathway' that is built around a Work Based Diploma or a blend of the BHS Stages and theory qualifications that are essential for the competent groom or yard hand. The Advanced framework develops the skillset further for a Senior Groom, Assistant Yard Manager or Intermediate Instructor and both frameworks include Maths and English functional skills. We also offer Animal Care, Business Administration and Customer Service Apprenticeships.
The frameworks can take from 12-24 months to complete and they are a commitment however it can be really rewarding.
Our Apprentices have a range of interests and skills but all have a passion for horses or animals. We have yard hands and grooms but we also have budding professional competitors in the disciplines of Dressage, Eventing and Showjumping. All want to work in the industry and the Apprenticeship is a great way of getting started.
Why take on an Apprentice?
Its an opportunity to help a person start their equine career and make a difference in their development. An Apprentice wage is a training wage and so is lower than the normal national minimum wage, encouraging you to take on the Apprentice and allows you to increase wages as their competence increases. A 16-17 year old cannot be employed for more than 40 hours a week, 18 and over for more and we recommend a minimum of 30 hours a week.
Grants of up to £1500 are potentially available to employers who take on an Apprentice and these young people can make an immediate difference to your yard.
How can the Academy help?
We have young people applying to us all the time so we probably already have an individual that is ready to start work with you. Sometimes we might have to promote your vacancy and seek further applicants but we work very hard to find you suitable staff.
We also provide the training for the qualifications in the framework, we don't just turn up once every few months and assess the Apprentice. This is what makes us different from a lot of other organisations and has proven immensly successful with our learners.
Contact the Academy and we'll be happy to come out to see you and discuss your options or alternatively contact us for any further information. If you want to make an initial enquiry click here or on the green button at the top of the page.
Our Traineeships programme involves learner attending an extended work placement in order to gain the basic skills and experience they need to progress to an Apprenticeship. If you would like some extra hands at your yard then please do get in touch. Contact us today on 01245 364381 or click here.