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This Modern Apprenticeship is available at two levels to support employees with no experience in equine – related occupations or for upskilling existing employees. It’s suitable for employees in riding schools, livery, racing or competition yards, riding clubs, and also for instructors. It offers a wide range of potential pathways, making it suitable across a number of roles.

The qualification

SCQF level 5

Your employee will study for a qualification in Horse Care at SCQF level 6.

Entry requirements

Candidates for this Modern Apprenticeship don’t need any prior experience or qualification.

Progression and development

Once they complete their apprenticeship, employees could progress into roles such as:

  • Groom
  • Assistant Yard Manager
  • Intermediate instructor/coach
  • Trek Leader
  • Successful apprentices could also improve their skills and knowledge by studying for a range of higher-level qualifications in subjects such as equine science, equine management, equine sports performance and equine therapy and rehabilitation.

SCQF qualification levels expalined

Download the framework document

How is it funded?

We contribute towards training costs

We do this by paying the learning provider directly in incremental payments throughout the course of the apprenticeship.

See training contribution calculator below to determine funding contribution for this framework.

An enhanced funding contribution is paid for employees who are aged 16 – 19. For those who are disabled and care-experienced, this is extended up to and including age 29.

Speak to a range of learning providers to find the best deal and agree on a flexible approach to meet the needs of your business.

Who pays the apprentice?

Like any other employee of your business, you’ll pay the Modern Apprentice's wages. This is not set by SDS, but we do encourage all employers to pay the living wage. Remember, you must pay at least the National Minimum Wage.

Time to complete

It will take between 12-24 months to complete.

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Sound right for your business?

The next step is to find a learning provider that offers this apprenticeship.

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Need a little more information or advice?

Call our advisers to find out more about Modern Apprenticeships. 

0800 783 6000