Northumberland College apprentices are celebrating passing their Equine qualifications after turning to technology to complete their end-point assessments (EPA).
Each of the cohort – who are working at equestrian centres across the region – passed the Level 2 Equine Groom Standard despite moving to online learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Unable to carry out their face-to-face observations, the apprentices’ EPA was recorded in the workplace by their Trainer/Assessor and employers which was then submitted to the awarding body for verification, alongside their online exam.
Equine Groom apprentice, Jessica Batey, said: “I really enjoyed my apprenticeship and having the opportunity to work in an industry I feel passionate about.
“The examination process changed significantly as a result of COVID-19 restrictions with everything moving online. However, after completing assessment videos, the online exam and having my professional discussion via Zoom it was a lot easier and less stressful than I thought it would be.
“My Trainer/Assessor Aimee [Straughan] was really supportive throughout the whole process; she always had time to answer any questions I had about the end point exam during the uncertain times due to the pandemic.”
Aimee added: “I am extremely proud of our apprentices Melissa, Erynn and Jessica who have worked very hard during these difficult times. They were able to push themselves out of their comfort zone and adapted to the new remote assessment methods.
“They have demonstrated drive and commitment completing their Equine Groom qualification and I am thrilled that their hard work has been recognised.
“Their employers have worked throughout the pandemic to care for the horses and ensure the safety of the apprentices whilst supporting them towards their end point assessment. Without them this would not have been possible and it has been a great team effort with much success.
“Congratulations to everyone involved.”
Julie Howard, from High Plains Equestrian Centre, said: “I have seen our apprentice Erin’s confidence grow, especially over the past 12 months. She has always applied herself to new ways of learning and shown herself to be adaptable. We are very proud of her achievements.”
Northumberland College’s Kirkley Hall Campus has undergone major redevelopment which will see a state-of-the-art equine centre of excellence officially open in 2021.
The new facilities will include a new indoor arena with viewing gallery and an education hub to develop equine management skills such as farriery, animal dentistry and physiotherapy, as well as improvements to existing facilities.
We are the largest further education provider in Northumberland with campuses throughout the county.
Our student transport scheme is available for eligible students to make getting to and from college as easy as possible.
Our extensive re-development programme will create outstanding new facilities.
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