In what was a first for the Isle of Wight, in September 2018 Island Riding Centre and HTP Apprenticeship College launched a full time course offering a Level 1 Diploma in Horse Care and Riding.
Aimed at students aged between 16 and 18 years the course was a huge success and has already led to full time apprenticeship opportunities for some of the girls.
In September 2019 a Level 2 Diploma in Horse Care and Riding was launched with 14 students in our learning centre at the Island Riding Centre.
The Equine industry covers a wide range of areas including: riding schools, livery yards, competition yards, racing yards, clubs and hunts, instructors, working horses and studs and with it a number of employment opportunities and who knows you could end up running your own stable yard or equestrian business or becoming a riding instructor.
Working with horses is a way of life, but be prepared for very hard work! You will be working in all weather and often at unsociable hours, you will need to be fit and able to cope with the physical demands of the job and will generally be on your feet!
With experience and further training, you could take charge of a yard or become head groom and if you work in a riding stable you could become a riding instructor.
As a main subcontractor for HTP, Ofsted inspected Island Riding Centre during the Autumn 2019 term, the inspectors report was as follows.
“Learners learn and practice a wide range of practical skills in horse care. They benefit from high quality commercial standard resources and well qualified staff”
This was a glowing report of our services, quality, facilities and care provided to Island young people.
Find out more at https://www.htp.ac.uk/horse-care-and-riding/
To watch our students at work and interviews about the course, head to our youtube channel here