Case Study – the apprentice
Emily, 17, works at Boskell Riding Centre, Trethowel close to St Austell. Home to 28 horses and ponies, the premises have a lot to offer staff in training. The centre includes working liveries, riding instruction and plenty of hacking out for visitors and locals alike.
Brought up with horses, Emily always wanted a career in the equine industry and, while at school, opted for a two-day per week placement at Boskell Riding Centre to study Level 1 Horse Care.
“I’m dyslexic and I didn’t enjoy school work, being outside with the horses is so rewarding and I really like practical tasks. The school placement option enabled me to start gaining equine care skills and improve my CV for working in the equine sector.
“So when I left school, I became fully employed by Boskell Riding Centre and progressed onto the Horse Care Apprenticeship at Level 2. I liked the fact that my level 1 was assessed by a range of methods, such as interviews with my assessor and testimonials from my work colleagues. This meant I did not have to record everything in writing and I could play to my strengths.”
“The group sessions at Duchy College were great because you get to make new friends. I also liked the ridden work at college, such as supervised jumping classes. These were filmed so I could watch them afterwards and work on my technique.”
Emily also gained two days of ATV training through Duchy College and now regularly uses a quad bike in her work role at Boskell Riding Centre.
Jane Francis, NVQ Assessor, said: “Many level 1 students are school pupils that want to pursue training in a topic outside the scope of the national curriculum. Level 1 enables learners to benefit from complete supervision in the workplace, so, while Emily was very experienced with horses, the course is also suitable for beginners.”
Marsha Yelland BHSA1, said: “We are a family run business and teach riders to be safe and have fun. I am delighted Emily has achieved so much through her apprenticeship. The level 2 training has helped her develop excellent horse care skills and gain self-confidence.”