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Apprentices in the ‘Best Turned Out’ competition: Dominic Eccleston, Jennifer Cockitt and Alyshia Eaton

Horse care apprentices shine in ‘best turned out’ comp

Reaseheath currently has 12 Horse Care Apprentices who are employed in the equine industry on a variety of yards from riding schools to competition and livery yards.

Each year, as part of their assessments, the apprentices are challenged to a sponsored “Best Turned Out” competition to raise money for the college’s RAG (raising and giving) charity, which this year is the British Heart Foundation.

This year’s challenge took place during last week’s RAG activities and students are busy collecting sponsor money based on their results.

The competition was judged by Course Tutor Dawn Joyce and Workplace Tutor / Assessor Sarah Gilsenan, and observed by Business Development Officer Stephen Morris and newly recruited Agriculture Assessor Dave Windsor, who were impressed with the apprentices’ skills levels.

Results were very close with only one point separating each place:

1st Jennifer Cockitt (Swanwick Hall Equestrian Centre & Farm, Crewe) with horse “Boo”

2nd Dominic Eccleston (Bazaars Stud, Stafford) with horse “Mary”

3rd Alyshia Eaton (Top Farm, Newcastle) with horse “Prince”

Dawn Joyce

Equine Lecturer

Apprentices in the ‘Best Turned Out’ competition: Dominic Eccleston, Jennifer Cockitt and Alyshia Eaton

Apprentices in the ‘Best Turned Out’ competition: Dominic Eccleston, Jennifer Cockitt and Alyshia Eaton

 

If you’re looking for an alternative to school, becoming a Reaseheath apprentice could be just the thing for you…! Register your interest: www.reaseheath.ac.uk/NAW

 

 

Last year's apprentices Becca Rafferty, Emma Sutton, winner Holly Whitehead, Leah Whitfield and pony Jack

National Apprenticeship Week

Today sees the start of National Apprenticeship Week – a week of events designed to celebrate apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the wider economy.

Did you know? National Apprenticeship Week

  • Nearly half a million people started an Apprenticeship last year?
  • Apprenticeships are open to anyone over the age of 16yrs and last year, the over 25’s made up 43% of all Apprenticeships?
  • Apprentices get paid to learn – “Earn as you Learn”.
  • Apprenticeships available at Reaseheath are at Level 2 (Equivalent to 5 GCSE passes) and Level 3. (Equivalent to 2 A level passes)
  • An Apprenticeship can be completed in 12 months and does not necessarily involve College attendance.
  • Employers who take on an Apprentice may be eligible for a Government grant of up to £1,500.
  • Reaseheath’s Horse Care Apprenticeship programme consistently exceeds national benchmark figures for success rates with a high percentage of Apprentices moving on to full time employment with their current employer or progressing to a higher level course of study.

BHF logoAs part of National Apprenticeship week, the current cohort of horse care Apprentices have organised their own sponsored competition to test their practical turnout skills with all sponsorship money being donated to the College’s RAG charity this year – the British Heart Foundation.

Here are last year’s winners, apprentices Becca Rafferty, Emma Sutton, Holly Whitehead, Leah Whitfield pictured with pony Jack.
Last year's apprentices Becca Rafferty, Emma Sutton, winner Holly Whitehead, Leah Whitfield and pony Jack