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Work Based


Baylands Equestrian Centre

works with the College of Animal Welfare providing recognised in-house 

equine training and qualifications.

Would you like a career in equine?


We are looking for enthusiastic, reliable young people who are interested in taking a level 1 or 2 as a City & Guilds work-based-learning qualification after high school. See outline of courses below. Please contact us or the College of Animal Welfare to apply or for further information.

We have filled our apprentice roles for this year and look forward to another year or two of training!

Well done to all of our students for achieving their qualifications this year!

City & Guilds work-based learning diplomas (PLACEMENTS AVAILABLE)

This qualification is self-funded. 

Please enquire or check CAW website for current fees and payment options.

Offered from Level 1 to Level 3. Students wishing to apply should in the first instance contact with details of their previous experience and state their aims. Should you have no equine experience there still may be a course to suit you. These courses are also suitable for adults wanting to expand their knowledge - there may be funding / payment options available for you.

16 - 19 year olds will need to provide copies of their G.C.S.E. English & Maths results. All potential candidates will be asked to attend a short meeting and written assessment (including riding if interested in taking that pathway).

Level 1

\At level 1 there is a single pathway which deals with the basics of horse care: assisting with the care of horses and their accommodation, handling horses, putting on and taking off equipment, and maintaining safe and effective working practices.There is an optional riding unit available.

Level 2

At level 2 there is a single pathway which covers the following aspects of horse care: the health and well-being of horses, preparing horses for use, providing non-ridden exercise and aftercare, loading and unloading horses and health and safety.There is an optional riding unit available.

Level 3

At level 3, you will have the chance to specialise in the following areas depending on your area of interest:• Exercising• Schooling• Coaching• Competition. This qualification may take you to management level.​

Apprenticeships (PLACEMENTS FULL)

Senior Equine Groom Level 3

This qualification is fully funded.

Applicants should have already completed City & Guilds work-based-learning diploma level 1 and/or 2 or equivalent qualification.

The apprenticeship programme is ideal for those who are working in the equine industry in a supervisory position, looking to build on existing knowledge and skills to take their career to the next level. During the apprenticeship you will solidify your abilities to plan and coordinate the care of horses, and lead teams to achieve tasks and objectives whilst maintaining a safe working environment.

To undertake this apprenticeship, you must be employed in an equine establishment, this will allow the development of your practical skills alongside earning a wage and studying your formal apprenticeship qualification.

By choosing to study with The College of Animal Welfare you will be joining a community of like-minded students and staff, who all share a passion for animal welfare.

As these qualifications are work-based, you may apply to start at any time of the year and will not be required to attend College for tuition. You will be allocated a Work-based Learning Assessor who will support you through your qualification via email and telephone contact and regular visits to your place of work.

For further information on our courses or to apply please contact us.

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