Equine Skills Training level 2 concludes

Equine Skills Training level 2 concludes
The level 2 section of the Cape Breeders Equine Skills Training Programme recently concluded on a high note.
Pleasingly, all the candidates who took part in the course have all now passed the Eqasa Head Grooms Certificate. This is a tremendous testimony to the commitment of the grooms and stud-farm workers who have attended the course, as well as to the quality of teaching available at Elsenburg.

The second level of the Equine programme, which was conducted at the Elsenburg Agricultural College, focused on both business and technical issues – including Traveling and Trucking, Grooming 2, Yard Management 2, Behaviour & Physiology and Breeding Animals.

The 2014 course has been well supported, and the programme was attended by grooms and workers from the following stud-farms:

Highlands
Normandy
Hemel N Aarde
Varsfontein
WIlgerbosdrift
Cheveley
Boland
Moutonshoek
Witzenberg

Top Cape trainer Glen Kotzen also supported the training programme, sending along a number of his grooms.

The Equine programme consisted of three levels and is managed and co-ordinated by The Graham and Rhona Beck Skills CentreThe first level of the programme ran from March through to October of 2013 and was made up of 3 modules:

Basic Business and Life Skills –   Micro MBA and Personal Finances
Grooms (Technical) skills – EQASA Professional Groom Certificate  -Unit standard based
Basic Health & Safety – General health & safety regulations, fire-fighting – unit standard based

while the intermediate level of the course was made up of:

Business Skills  – Recording income and costs of an Agri Business
Grooms (Technical skills) – EQASA Head Groom Certificate  – unit standard based

The third, and final level, will focus strongly on stable management, as well as aspects of breeding in the thoroughbred industry and consists of the following modules:

Business Skills – Business Management – Unit Standard based
Grooms (Technical) skills  – EQASA Stable Yard Management – unit standard based,including Breeding
Health & Safety – First Aid level 3 – unit standard based

A number of these students will advance on to the third level of the module – which is scheduled to begin early in 2015.

Pleasingly, there has been an overwhelming response from stud farms, who wish their workers to attend the new Level One course which is set to get underway in May 2014. Nominations are now open and a limited number of participants will be funded by the Cape Breeders Club.

Sam Sharkey said of the results,” We are extremely proud of all the grooms that participated in the Level 2 program. All 20 of them passed their exam and did particularly well in the Breeding Animal module, where 13 of the 20 grooms achieved 100%!

We look forward to seeing them all back on to the Level 3 training, the Certificate Course in Stable Yard Management.”

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