CAFRE Level 2 and Level 3 Apprenticeship in the Equine Industry

Date published: 10 June 2022

Love working with horses? Apprentices, this is your chance to learn and earn!

CAFRE Enniskillen Campus Level 2 Equine Apprentices Kaitlyn Evans and Sarah Orr were successful in their BHS Stage 2 exam, pictured with BHS Examiner Faith Ponsonby.

The College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) is currently accepting applications for the ‘Level 2 Apprenticeship in the Equine Industry’ and the ‘Level 3 Apprenticeship in the Equine Industry’ starting in October 2022. 

Apprentices accepted onto the course will continue to work in their current workplace, receive training from the CAFRE team based at the College’s Enniskillen Campus, and work towards the British Horse Society Stage 2 / Stage 3 exam. Apprentices on the programme will be required to attend Enniskillen Campus for short blocks of training periodically throughout the year and to complete weekly online theory sessions. The course covers a range of topics including riding and non-riding options to suit differing interests.

Apprentices must be aged 16-24 years and about to take up or already be in paid employment in Northern Ireland. A minimum of 21 hours work a week is a requirement.  CAFRE can also give anybody interested in this programme guidance on sourcing suitable employment.

CAFRE’s Equine Lecturer, Jenny Richardson comments that: “Completion of these courses enhances employment opportunities for a diverse range of roles within the industry including grooms, riding centre employees, and those hoping to progress to providing riding instruction.”

Further information can be obtained by emailing Jenny Richardson

Check out the CAFRE website to find out more about the Degrees, Level 3 and Level 2 courses available at CAFRE’s Enniskillen Campus.

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