equine apprenticeship

  • Old Mill Stables
  • Cornwall
  • £4.81 per hour

Old Mill Stables is a BHS approved Riding School located between St. Ives and Hayle in South West Cornwall. They are now looking for a hardworking and passionate level 2 or 3 equine apprentice to join their friendly team.

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  • GMFJ Reference
  • Wages
    £4.81 p/h
  • Hours
    40.00 per week
  • Date Posted
  • Start Date

  • Location
  • Status
    Now Taking Applications
  • Sector
    Horse Care
  • Opportunity Type
    Intermediate Level 2
  • Employer
    Old Mill Stables


Old Mill Stables is a BHS and Cornwall Council approved riding school, which was originally established in 1962. Our clientele largely consists of the regular/weekly recreational rider, as such much of our work is related to the preparation and delivery of weekly group/private lessons for all ages of amateur rider. Old Mill Stables also caters for a small number of homegrown livery clients , however the riding school is the primary activity . Our management team includes a qualified trainer/coach working on behalf of Haddon Training, meaning apprenticeships can be wholly delivered onsite. We also promotes our team to progress with BHS stage exams and have regular training sessions with a visiting Fellow instructor of the BHS. Old Mill Stables is also the home of the South West Cornwall Riding for the disabled group.

Old Mill Stables typically has between 35 and 40 horses/ponies onsite, ranging from Shetland ponies, to 17hh sports horses in order to cater for a diverse range of clientele. We have an indoor/covered schooling arena and an outdoor schooling arena with a set of new show jumps as well as superb local hacking with woodland, bridleways and national trust moorland in close proximity accessed by quite lanes.

The apprentice position: We would welcome applicants for either level 2 or level 3 apprenticeships, ridden or non-ridden option. You must be able to work well as part of a team but most importantly you must be diligent to maintain standards and once instructed be able to repeat a task to the required standard consistently.

The successful candidate will also receive training towards BHS stage exams alongside their training for their apprenticeship.

Old Mill Stables is a client facing business meaning developing good people skills and maintaining a professional presence as all times is also required.

Regular riding opportunities (staff lessons, hacking etc) and opportunities to compete when ready.

All usual yard duties expected such as: mucking out, feeding and watering, filling hay nets, turning out and bringing in, preparing horses for lessons, cleaning tack, keeping the yard clean and tidy, maintaining the paddocks including poo picking.

Previous experience with horses, such as regular attendance at a riding school, owned/loaned a pony etc, is a advantageous but not essential. A passion for horse care and developing their professional skills is essential!

Working hours are dictated by a rota based staffing system however, apprenticeship requirements require a minimum of 30 hrs per week (120hrs p/m). Expected contacted hours to be agreed - ranging between 30-37hrs per week. Year one of the apprenticeship will be at the national apprentice wage.

For more information about this vacancy please contact Haddon Training Ltd on 01672 519977 (Ref ID: 138643)

Company website : https://www.haddontraining.co.uk/

  • Previous experience with horses is a advantageous but not essential.
  • A passion for horse care and developing professional skills is essential!
  • Excellent communication skills as you will be interacting with clients and other team members
  • Attention to detail - organised and tidy
  • Takes initiative to complete tasks without being prompted.
GCSE Level 4/ Grade C in Maths and English or equivalent.
Contact Haddon Training to discuss if not yet achieved - Must be able to work towards Level 1 or higher in Functional Skills Maths and English
Full training through the Equine Apprenticeship supported by Haddon Training.

Ambitious and passionate to succeed within the equine industry.

  • Confident interacting with others
  • Motivated and hard-working
  • Happy to work outside in all weather

  • Training towards BHS qualifications
  • Possibility of progressing to a Level 3 apprenticeship on completion of Level 2
  • potential for a Full time role

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Haddon Training is the preferred training provider for British Dressage, British Eventing, British Showjumping and The Showing Council. As an award-winning, Ofsted Grade 1 ‘Outstanding’ training provider, they deliver high-quality work-based vocational qualifications.

Haddon Training delivers Traineeships and Apprenticeships across England and Wales.

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