Festina Lente is a not-for-profit organisation which provides a range of occupational, learning and employment opportunities for people whose needs have not been met in mainstream services as well as services and events for the general public and community.
We are currently recruiting for our Equestrian Training Programme.
The Festina Lente Equestrian Training Programme is a 3-year full time practical & academic course which enables the learner to develop the knowledge, skills and competence in a broad range of equine skills to work in a variety of equine sectors. Successful graduates will be awarded a QQI level 4 Major Award in Horsemanship.
On the Equestrian Training Programme students learn to: handle horses in a safe way, daily stable and yard tasks, how to care for horses and feed horses, how horses behave and why based on the latest Equitation Science Research. Students will also learn about the equipment used when working with and riding horses, how to work as part of a team and communicate with others and finally the skills necessary to ride competently.
The QQI level 4 modules available on the programme are: Stable & Yard Routine, Workplace Safety, Communications, Work Experience, Horse Riding and Health Related Fitness.
If you are over 16 years of age, are physically able for the demands of the course and are on a disability allowance you are eligible for the programme. If you are not on disability allowance but have a learning disability or another health issue you may still be able to take part. Contact the Training Programme Manager if you have a question about your eligibility. You do not need experience with horses to take part on this programme but you must enjoy working outdoors in all weathers in a physical job.
If you are eligible for the programme and there is a place available you will be offered an orientation week. This gives the facilitators an opportunity to get to know you and gives you a chance to sample the programme and see how you like it. After the orientation week a place on the programme may be offered.
There is an ongoing intake on this programme. That means that as places become available during the year people can start.