BY Scott Alexander,
Level Two Apprentice
HELLO, my name is Scott Alexander from Larne. I have recently enrolled on the Level Two Apprenticeship in Equine and I am employed at Dalways Bawn in Carrickfergus by Jenny Caldwell.
I have developed a keen interest in horses since 2011 when I was taken to a show jumping competition to support a member of my family. I thought to myself “let’s give that a go”.
It didn’t take long for me to realise that this was the career path I would want to follow in the future. I have a passion for a number of industry areas and have even had a go at western riding. I would like to pursue a career in the eventing sector but for now I am happy to gain as much knowledge and life experiences that I can.
I was conscious that I needed to gain a qualification however my job and experience was also very important to me.
When my employer told me about CAFRE and the new Apprenticeship programme, I knew it was the right choice for me.
I am able to continue to progress in my job which I am passionate about while upgrading my skills. I am ready to grab every opportunity that I can to progress my career. I am very thankful to my employer for working with CAFRE and providing me with this opportunity.
I have been to two training blocks at Enniskillen so far. I have found the initial assessments and training very beneficial and it has allowed me to identify goals and achievement targets. I have enjoyed the training from a wide variety of staff members and have found that their breadth of knowledge has allowed me to learn and experience new areas of the industry.
On my second block of training I was able to ride out on the gallops. It was my first experience of this. It certainly gave me an adrenaline rush and I am hoping I will be able to complete more sessions like this in my next training block.
I am aware of the importance of learning and I am excited for the rest of my journey on the Apprenticeship programme.
I particularly enjoyed the second block of training as I am starting to make friends and contacts.
There is a real sense of camaraderie in Enniskillen. All students from all courses full or part time enjoy socialising together in their spare time.
Full time students have been very helpful during training sessions giving us hints and tips, allowing us to get to know the horses and finding our way around the campus.