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.
Learners on this programme have the option of two study pathways. Pathway one incorporates the British Horse Society qualification route and is exam based. The second pathway involves building a portfolio of evidence through a City & Guilds work based diploma.
The apprentice will attend college one day a week. In college learners cover underpinning theoretical knowledge in horse care and specialist practical skills to equip learners for the workplace. Learners should achieve the level two apprenticeship framework within 18 months.