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How to Find an Equine Apprenticeship

How to Find an Apprenticeship Working with Horses

If you’re interested in undertaking an equine apprenticeship with us, you need to be living and working in England in a suitable equine environment (such as a riding school, horse charity or racing yard), within a 90 minute radius of our Huntingdon centre.

Working in the equine industry is a popular choice for many, meaning that equine apprenticeships can sometimes be hard to come by. If you’re struggling to find the role needed to apply for one of our equine apprenticeships, don’t give up on your ambitions. Check out our tips and advice about how you can find an equine apprenticeship position here:

Search for equine apprenticeships on the government’s “Find an apprenticeship” website

Many training providers post their apprenticeship vacancies on the government’s  “Find an Apprenticeship” website at: https://www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk

On this website you can search by location or keywords to find your ideal vacancy. Once you have found an apprenticeship that interests you, create an account via the website to apply!

Check local newspapers and online jobs boards

Online job boards such as Indeed often list recent equine apprenticeship positions. 

Follow local equine colleges and equine employers on social media

Many training providers and equine employers such as stables or racing yards may post their latest apprenticeship vacancies on their social media pages, so it’s worth following those pages to ensure you are the first to see any new opportunities. Follow The College of Animal Welfare on Facebook

Contact equine employers directly

By contacting employers to introduce yourself and enquire about equine apprenticeships directly, you are putting a face to your name and showing commitment and enthusiasm!

You can drop them an email, give them a call or even stop by the practice to meet staff members in person. Even if they are unable to offer you an apprenticeship at that moment, they may be able to hold your details ready for future opportunities, or introduce you to other members of the profession who can help you gain a placement.

You could contact stables, riding schools, racing yards or equine charities. If you would like to check your employment makes you eligible for the course prior to applying, please contact us.

Attend relevant open evenings and career days

Career days such as our Careers With Animals Day bring local employers and colleges under one roof, which is the perfect opportunity to discuss your career plans and gain advice from industry professionals. What’s more – they can be a good opportunity to meet with employers directly to discuss equine apprenticeship opportunities.

Ensure your CV is up-to-date

Keeping your CV up-to-date means you’ll be able to apply for equine apprenticeship positions as soon as they become available. Make sure your CV contains any relevant experience or hobbies that you may have that will complement your application, for example any additional horse care studies or work experience in an equine environment such as a stables or riding school.

If you find an apprenticeship position that is outside of a 90 minute radius of our Huntingdon centre, please contact us as we may still be able to meet your training needs.

Our Equine Apprenticeships at a glance…

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