Newham City Farm is a well established city farm operating since 1977. The farm has an existing pony club and are currently awaiting installation of an outdoor arena to continue our weekend pony rides to the public. We are continuing to expand our learning opportunities for young people seeking a career in the horse care industry by recruiting a horse care apprentice to our friendly staff team. Our current service aim is towards the provision of equine facilitated learning and the apprentice position will be involved in supporting this area.

The horse care apprentice will be involved in the care of 7 equines. While the emphasis will be on training with horses, there will be opportunities to work with farm livestock/other animals. The Farm is at an exciting stage of development so as well as routine horse care/riding there are opportunities to learn about equine facilitated learning.

Vacancy Description

  • To develop skills in being responsible for ensuring horses are properly fed, watered and cared for.
  • To develop skills in the training of horses with a particular emphasis on natural horsemanship methods.
  • To develop lungeing and riding skills.
  • To develop skills in being responsible for monitoring the use of horse feed.
  • To develop skills in being responsible for ensuring the security of horses including release from paddocks and return as necessary.
  • To clean and carry out routine maintenance of stables.
  • To develop skills in ensuring the well being of horses, by reporting any occurrences of sickness, injury or other issues of concern.
  • Assist in establishing and developing attractive facilities within the City Farm that will enable the public, and children in particular, to participate in a range of activities related to horses and the environment.
  • To assist in ensuring the City Farm facilities provide opportunities for children which reflect the cultural diversity of the community, and that equal access to a wide range of activities are available to all children including children with disabilities.
  • Ensure the City Farm is kept clean, tidy and secure at all times.
  • To assist with the routine maintenance of grounds, buildings, fences, horticultural works and equipment, undertaking tasks as directed.
  • To develop skills in ensuring the safety and well being of the visiting public and in particular children, reporting to full time staff if incidents occur.
  • To maintain for inspection other appropriate records as required by the Farm Manager.
  • To comply with London Borough of Newham’s financial regulations during and after any sales to the general public as directed by the Farm Manager/Assistant City Farm Manager.
  • To develop skills in making sure visitors to the Farm experience a welcoming atmosphere, providing them with information and instruction where appropriate.
  • Such other duties within the competence of the postholder, which may be required, reasonably from time to time.

Desired skills

  • Ability to learn and listen to instruction.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Prior horse care experience
  • Applicants for this vacancy should be resident on the Borough of Newham to be part of the scheme.

Personal qualities

  • Enthusiastic.
  • Hard working.
  • Team player.
  • Able to work on own initiative as well as under supervision.

Desired qualifications

  • Riding to BHS Stage 1 and Riding and Road Safety desired
  • GCSE's in maths and English are desired
  • Applicants MUST NOT already hold a level 2/3 in horse care.

Future prospects

  • On completion of the Apprenticeship, there are opportunities to join our pool of casual seasonal staff.

Things to consider

  • Farm is well connected by road and public transport.
  • There is limited parking on side streets and a small free car park in adjacent park.
  • You will be working outside in all weathers and most of the day involves being on your feet walking about the Farm whilst doing your duties.
  • Applicants for this vacancy should be resident on the Borough of Newham
  • KEITS Training Services Ltd reserves the right to close the vacancy earlier than the listed closing date should the need arise.


London Borough of Newham

Weekly wage


Working week

36 hours per week, changing rota.

Apprenticeship duration

14 months approx.

Possible start date

10 April 2019

Date posted

26 March 2019

Apprenticeship level

Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

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