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Incentives for equine industry employers

ARE you an employer in the equine industry? Did you know that you are eligible to participate in the New Apprenticeship Incentive Scheme? Your business could benefit from the financial and practical advantages of having well trained, motivated and practical employees.

Check out the New Apprenticeship Incentive Scheme, which is available to employers to support the recruitment of new apprentices. Employers are eligible for up to £3,000 for each new apprenticeship opportunity created from April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2022 (

The College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) is currently accepting applications for the ‘Level 2 Apprenticeship in the Equine Industry’, which will begin in November 2021.

An apprentice accepted onto the course will continue to work with their current employer, receive training from the CAFRE team based at the College’s Enniskillen Campus, and work towards the British Horse Society Stage 2 exam. Apprentices on the programme will be required to attend Enniskillen Campus for short blocks of training throughout the year and complete weekly online theory sessions. The course covers a range of topics, including riding and non-riding options to suit differing business needs.

If you have an employee aged 16 to 24, or are about to offer employment for a minimum of 21 hours a week, to a young person, now is the time to look into the Apprenticeship Incentive Scheme.

Further information can be obtained by emailing Jenny Richardson:

Bree Rutledge

If you would like to find out more about Horse Week, Bree Rutledge can be contacted by email: or or by telephone: +44 (0) 28 9033 4493.




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