BSJA trainer Alan Fazakerley demonstrated show jumping techniques at novice, intermediate and advanced stages in front of an audience of around 130.
The event, which included a Q&A session, was hailed a success as the Lancashire pupils gained an insight into event management, broadened their equine knowledge and raised £450 for the Norfolk-based charity.
With vacancies in the South-East and north of England, the scheme will lead to either foundation or advanced modern apprenticeships, which contain NVQ qualifications.
Blacup’s Stephen Place said: “There is a real need for this training as a route into the retail sector or the equestrian and allied industries.” The starting training allowance – set by the government – is a minimum £40 per week, but many apprentices receive more.
“Successful trainees can go onto employment at salaries of £9,000, rising to the upper £20,000 bracket as they become managers,” said Stephen.
Anybody interested in becoming an apprentice or wishing to provide apprenticeship training in the north should contact Judith Navarro (tel: 01422 203615). For the South-East, contact Ginny Kipping (tel: 01728 727727).
All about NAGS
The launch of NAGS (National Affiliation of Grooms and Students) online will enable members to get frequent updates on NAGS information, while the recently launched Young Rider/NAGS forum invites members to share their views and advice.
Membership of NAGS is free to all bona fide grooms and students and benefits include: Horse & Hound subscription at £1 per copy, £3 discount voucher on a sack of Blue Chip Dynamic, 10% discount off Splash Equestrian equipment and clothing, no P&P charges from Equestrian Vision mail order and eligibility for NAGS only competitions and offers.
Sponsored by Blue Chip and Blacup Training Group, NAGS currently has a monthly feature in Horse & Hound – there is one in the 30 January issue – featuring articles about grooms and students. A quarterly newsletter is also sent to all NAGS members containing news about the club and competitions for members.
If you are interested in becoming a member write to: NAGS, Room 2018, Kings Reach Tower, Stamford Street, London SE1 9LS (tel: 020 7261 6993), or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
And, remember, the club is open to all students, not just those studying for an equine qualification.