Stables search for apprentices in Chichester

A HORSE-RIDING stables is seeking two apprentices, and will hold an open day next week for potential applicants.

“We have two apprentice vacancies currently,” said owner of Lavant House Stables Lucy Thomson.

“It is disappointing to have less applicants than usual this year, given that our apprentice scheme is hugely valuable for future employability within the fast growing equestrian industry.”

Lavant House Stables has run an apprenticeship programme for many years for 16-18 year olds, working with Haddon Training under full government funding.

Apprentices work towards NVQ levels 1 and 2, equivalent to five GCSE’s at grade C and above.

There is also training towards the British Horse Society Riding, Horse Knowledge and Care qualifications. This training involves two to four riding sessions and two stable management sessions per week, building a portfolio over the year documenting their learning and achievements and functional skills.

Lavant House Stables are holding an apprentice open morning from 10am until 1pm on Tuesday (September 24).

Anyone aged 15-18 is invited to come and have a look around, meet the team, view the facilities which include two arenas, a jumping field, cross country course and staff room.

The only requirement is previous hands-on experience with horses.