Feedback from Grooms Skills Training

A number of students from the 2013 CBC Skills Training Programme continue to make excellent progress with 13 grooms having recently completed the Yard Managers Certificate (Level 3).Grooms course
The students first began this course back in 2013 when passing the Professional Grooms Certificate as well as the Head Grooms Certificate.

The graduates will be honoured at a ceremony due to be held at the Elsenberg Agricultural College on July 23rd, when the Western Cape Minister Of Agriculture, Alan Winde, will be among the honoured guests.

A further 22 grooms recently entered the Level 2 programme – the Head Grooms Certificate. These learners, who benefitted from the business skills section of the course, gained a good understanding of what it entails to start, operate and develop a successful stud farm. Other technical aspects this course addressed included:

An Introduction to Breeding
Lunging
Physiology and Behaviour
Travelling and Trucking
Grooming and Turnout
Yard Management

Overall, the feedback was positive and bodes well for future attendance. The learners expressed plenty of appreciation and enjoyment for their respective courses, which continue to enjoy great support from many of the Cape’s top farms.

Amongst the comments made regarding the CBC Skills Training Programme were:

Q: What, for you, was the most interesting part of the course?
A: “It was the flow of money in a business… I didn’t realize this before”.
A: “How to read an income statement and to understand it”.
One groom, when asked “Which part of the course did you least enjoy” wrote, “The going home part!”
Level 2 Group 1 5 - 7 May 2015
The three year pilot program has been funded by the Cape Breeders Club and coordinated by the Graham & Rhona Beck Skills Centre. Plans are underway to make this program part of the national schooling program and to ensure learners from all parts of South Africa are allowed access to what has become a much loved and hugely beneficial educational program.

Sam Sharkey was delighted by the response to the course, and said of the ongoing enthusiasm for the project, “Over the past 3 years, I have been overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and the absolute craving to learn of all the grooms who have taken part. If we can transfer this, from the classroom back onto the farms, we will be creating an energetic, vibrant and productive workforce that will go a long way towards the success of our South African stud businesses.”

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