Modern Apprenticeship



This Modern Apprenticeship is available at 2 levels to support employees with no experience in equine. They could be in related occupations or existing employees who are upskilling.

It’s suitable for employees in:

  • riding schools

  • livery, racing or competition yards

  • riding clubs

It's also suitable for instructors. The apprenticeship offers a wide range of pathways, making it suitable across many roles.

Apprenticeship framework(s)

Your employee will study for a Modern Apprenticeship at SCQF Level 5 or 6.

Select each level to see the framework document and qualification(s) at that level.

Entry requirements

Candidates for this Modern Apprenticeship at SCQF Level 5 don’t need any prior experience or qualification.

Candidates for this Modern Apprenticeship at SCQF Level 6 must already either:

  • hold the SCQF Level 5 Modern Apprenticeship or

  • hold the SVQ in Horse Care at SCQF Level 5 or

  • have an equivalent qualification or

  • have substantial experience before starting the Modern Apprenticeship

Progression and development

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

  • assistant groom

  • assistant stud groom/stand

  • trek assistant

Learners completing the SCQF Level 5 Modern Apprenticeship could progress onto the SCQF Level 6 Modern Apprenticeship. They could also move into Further Education (FE) or to Higher Education (HE). Once they complete their apprenticeship, employees could progress into roles such as:

  • groom

  • assistant yard manager

  • intermediate instructor or coach

  • trek leader

Successful apprentices could also improve their skills and knowledge. They could study for higher-level qualifications in subjects such as:

  • equine science

  • equine management

  • equine sports performance

  • equine therapy and rehabilitation

How does it work?

Apprentices will learn in a real-world environment and earn a wage. They’ll also study with a college or other learning provider.

Cost and funding

We contribute towards training costs

We do this by paying the learning provider throughout the apprenticeship.

The training contribution calculator will show you our funding contribution for this framework.

An enhanced funding contribution is paid for employees aged 16 to 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 your business needs.

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 encourage all employers to pay the Living Wage. Remember, you must pay at least the National Minimum Wage.

How long will it take?

It will take between 12 and 24 months to complete.

Need information or advice?

Call our advisors to find out more about Modern Apprenticeships.

0800 783 6000

Sounds right for your business?

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

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