21st January 2003




Horse-lovers will be pleased to hear that the University of Lincoln Training Agency is now recruiting students for Modern Apprenticeships in Horse Care.


The City and Guilds qualifications are being offered at the university’s School of Agriculture at Riseholme Park after approval was received from the Learning and Skills Council (LSC).


Horse Care is the latest option to be added to the range of apprenticeships offered by the Training Agency.  Other courses include Agriculture, Horticulture, Animal Care, Service Engineering, Agriculture/Ground Care and Food and Drink Manufacturing.


The new purpose-built facilities at Riseholme Park, which are being officially opened by Elliot Morley MP this Friday (24th January), will provide the necessary resources to support the work experience that students will gain on their placements.


Modern Apprenticeship schemes are qualifications determined by the industry itself with the aim of preparing young people to work effectively in that industry.  The courses can be accessed at foundation or advanced level and, depending on the route chosen, may take between 18 months and three years to complete.


The scheme requires students to be reviewed and assessed in the workplace and to spend some time at the school for specific training purposes.


“We are very keen to offer Modern Apprenticeships to the horse industry once again.” said John Heald, Training Agency Manager.


“The good thing about these apprenticeships is that they can be started at any time during the year.  Students don’t have to wait until September.”


For further information please call the Training Agency direct on 01522 895323.


For more information contact:


Gill Noakes, Press Assistant, University of Lincoln

Tel: 01522 886244 or Email: gnoakes@lincoln.ac.uk

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