Equine Centre

Equestrian Centre Apprenticeships

We have an increasing number of Apprentices who pursue a work-based qualification with us

Benefits to the student

With an apprenticeship, you can earn while you are learning and gain recognised qualifications as you work. You will be progressing your career in a way that is suited to you with the emphasis on relevant, on the job experience. Over time you will build the wide ranging portfolio of skills and personal qualities that employers really want. For Apprentices keen to work with horses, Derby College Equestrian courses will give you a vital head start in a demanding but rewarding industry. You will acquire valuable, on the job experience while developing the theoretical knowledge to underpin your practical know how.

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Benefits to the student cont’d

At Derby College, we believe that Apprentices should get the best possible deal. Our friendly group of Apprentices meet at college on a Friday morning, where they receive specific practical and riding training and have an opportunity to benefit from the college resources to help them build their online portfolio. The college supports industry qualifications by paying for the BHS care element of the Apprentice’s exams and full training and support is given on site. With flexible start dates and the chance to select your topics according to your own requirements, we provide tailor-made apprenticeships to suit your individual needs. For further information, please email Natalie Hooper – natalie.hooper@derby-college.ac.uk

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Benefits to the employer

For employers, investing in apprenticeships is an excellent option to helping them to nurture dynamic, self-reliant and motivated staff to enhance the productivity and performance of their business. The way the training is delivered will suit each businesses own working practices, systems and targets.

The college offers support every step of the way including advice on recruiting apprentices, financing their training and how they can continue their professional development once they have completed their course.

Because the programmes are designed specifically to meet your needs as an employer, they ensure your work force has the skills and qualifications you need now and for the future. You will benefit from training a young, enthusiastic and skilled workforce in a way that suits your own practices and systems.

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Benefits to the employer cont’d

By investing in apprenticeships you will find a cost effective way to harness fresh new talent, fill your skills gaps, solve your recruitment problems, minimise staff turnover and improve job satisfaction.

A partnership with the college also ensures your apprentices gain broader attributes to compliment the practical skills and craftsmanship that they develop at work. These include literacy and numeracy, modern management techniques and up to date insights into what is happening across the industry.

With funding on offer for training through the National Apprenticeship Service, there is every reason to find out more.

For further information, please email Natalie Hooper – natalie.hooper@derby-college.ac.uk


General Benefits of Derby College Equine Apprenticeships

  • ➤Access to college expertise, resources, training on a weekly/two weekly basis
  • ➤All Apprentices are entitled to an exam bursary to cover the care part of BHS exams
  • ➤Free BHS training and exam preparation
  • On-line portfolio building
  • ➤Quarterly performance reviews in your work place
  • ➤Flexible units/topics to suit individuals needs
  • ➤Qualifications can be achieved over 18 months – 2 years
  • ➤Flexible start dates throughout the year

Course Eligibility

  • ➤Apprentices must be 16 years of age or above
  • ➤Must be in paid equestrian related employment for 35-40 hours per week
  • ➤Undergo initial assessments before starting the programme to ensure capability of achievement