Holme Farm works closely with a number of training organisations to provide equine apprenticeships.

Getting qualified and trained at a professional riding centre is the dream of many.

At Holme Farm Equestrian Centre we have helped lots of budding instructors and grooms to achieve their goals and more so find out what we offer within our equine apprenticeship scheme and how that could set you on the road to becoming qualified.   Our modern equine apprenticeships scheme is run in conjunction with Derby College.


What are Equine Apprenticeships?

Equine apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study.

As an apprentice you will:


How long does an apprenticeship take?

Apprenticeships take 1 to 4 years to complete depending on their level.


Levels of apprenticeship

An apprenticeship has an equivalent education level and can be:

  • Intermediate – equivalent to 5 GCSE passes
  • Advanced – equivalent to 2 A level passes
  • Higher – can lead to NVQ Level 4 and above, or a foundation degree


Who can apply

You can apply for an apprenticeship while you’re still at school. To start one, you’ll need to be:

  • 16 or over
  • living in England
  • not in full-time education


Pay and conditions

You’ll be paid during your apprenticeship.

You’re entitled to the National Minimum Wage.

The current minimum wage rate for an apprentice is £2.73 per hour.

This rate applies to apprentices aged 16 to 18 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year.

You must be paid at least the minimum wage rate for your age if you’re an apprentice aged 19 or over and have completed your first year.

Check you’re being paid the minimum wage with the national minimum wage calculator.


Hours apprentices are paid for

You must be paid for:

  • your normal working hours (minimum 30 hours per week)
  • training that’s part of your apprenticeship (usually one day per week)



You’ll get at least 20 days paid holiday per year, plus bank holidays.

Find out more about our equine apprenticeships