After the British Olympic success in equestrian events, UK sector skills council Lantra is offering equine apprenticeships for those wanting to work in the industry. 26/09/2012
The courses are designed to develop students' practical skills, knowledge and employability, focussing on key topics such as horse care and welfare, grooming, feeding, riding and exercise.
The apprenticeship can lead to opportunities in the equine industry, including careers in the competitive arena, such as a dressage rider, jockey, show jumper or working as part of a team in support of competitive riders.
Double gold medal winning dressage rider for Team GB and former stable hand, Charlotte Dujardin, explained, 'You have to be dedicated and work hard, and often you start at the bottom and work your way up, but if you have the determination to succeed it will see you through.'
Liz Pridgeon, standards and qualifications development manager at Lantra, said, 'Apprenticeships give businesses a practical and effective way to develop staff without the need for expensive training courses or taking time away from the workplace. There is clear evidence that employers find apprenticeships lead to a more motivated and satisfied workforce. This in turn helps to reduce staff turn over, boost productivity and leads to higher profitability.'
With more than 720,000 people owning horses in the UK and more than 19,000 horse-based businesses, there are lots of opportunities to get involved in the equine industry.
Prices and details of apprenticeships will vary depending on where they are delivered. For a full list of all course providers and more information, visit Lantra - Equine Apprentice .
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