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Foundation Apprenticeship - Equine

Programme Description

A Foundation Apprenticeship is a work-based learning programme where the learner is “earning while learning”. It focuses on developing the skills required to enable the learner to gain full time employment in the Equine Industry. The programme is aimed at learners over the age of 16. The Apprentice will be employed and receive at least the minimum Apprentice wage. The Apprentice has the option to attend college on a day release basis as pre agreed with the Training Adviser and should achieve the Level 2 Apprenticeship Framework within the agreed timescale. The learner will also complete Essential Skills qualifications in both communication and Application of Number.

Programme Features

  • All learners will be supported by a Training Adviser/Assessor who will monitor progress towards achieving targets on a regular basis (every 56 to 61 days)
  • The Training Adviser/Assessor will liaise closely with the employer to ensure that qualifications are achieved within the timescale
  • The Training Adviser/Assessor will assess the apprentice in the workplace as and when required (every 56 to 61 days)
  • British Horse Society exams are recognised internationally as an industry standard.

Progression & Employment

Learners who have successfully completed this Foundation Apprenticeship at the required standard, can progress onto an Apprenticeship at Level 3.

Programme Content

Learners following this Foundation Apprenticeship will have to achieve a framework of qualifications which will include:

  • Level 2 Certificate Horse Care
  • Level 2 Award in Principles of Horse Care
  • Additional Qualifications
  • BHS Stage 1 Care
  • Riding & Road Safety Certificate

Essential Skills must be achieved in order for a successful completion these are:

  • Essential Skills Wales Application of Number Level 1
  • Essential Skills Wales Communication Level 1
  • (In some circumstances proviously achieved proxy qualifications may be used)

Programme Assessment

BHS Horse Knowledge and Care and Riding and Road Safety examination which can be undertaken at Coleg Sir Gar Pibwrlwyd Equine Unit.

The learner will be continually assessed both in the work place and at college which will include coursework, assignments, practical work, work based evidence and observations.


Programme Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for the Equine Foundation Apprenticeship; however, there are qualifications or experience that will help learners understand the sector prior to starting, for example:

  • Pony Club C Test
  • BTEC Level 1 Certificate in Caring for Horses
  • Level 1 Work-based Diploma in Horse Care
  • BHS Stage 1 Horse Knowledge and Care
  • Level 1 NVQ in Horse Care
  • Previously worked in, or are currently working within the industry.

These programmes are part financed by the European Social Fund through the Welsh Government.

British Horse Society Gold Membership is required.