Workers are now also in horse breeding

The Chamber of Agriculture in North Rhine-Westphalia complements its offer with regulations for the training of horse breeders. In terms of content, this training is based on the recognized training profession of horse farmers, specialists in horse breeding and service. It is especially reduced in the field of theory.

Green jobs have a lot to offer

In general, all courses are also open to young people with disabilities. However, there is also vocational training designed specifically to meet the special needs of people with disabilities if vocational training in a state-recognized training profession is not an option, given the type and severity of the disability. Green professions offer a wide range of possible uses.

It is often practical activities, working with animals and in nature, that young people especially enjoy. Despite the disability, they can meet the demands of the labor market and develop into valuable employees. In this way participation in life in society can be ensured,

What do workers do in horse breeding?

Horse breeders look after the horses. They feed and water animals, clean hooves and clean their fur. Clearing and bedding the crates and sweeping the stable aisle are all part of daily tasks such as helping move the horses or cleaning and taking care of equipment and accessories. Care and a sense of responsibility is required for all of these tasks. But good observation is also required to quickly recognize signs of illness in a horse.

In addition to working on a horse or in the stable, workers are also posted abroad. For example, they are involved in maintenance and minor repairs to buildings, outdoor facilities, riding yards, and fences.

Who is the training offer suitable for?

The training offer is intended for persons with physical and sensory disabilities who have significant, not temporary, limitations in their ability to perform. Determination of the type or severity of a disability based on training in accordance with the Regulation on Training of Persons with Disabilities shall be based on a differentiated competency test by the offices of the Federal Employment Agency. Before training begins, a trial of several weeks should be conducted at a training company to ensure their suitability for handling horses.

What companies are allowed to train?

Companies already recognized for training as a horse manager in the field of equine breeding and service must apply for an additional recognition procedure. In addition to the requirements resulting from the decree on the suitability of the training center for vocational training as a horse manager, the rooms, equipment and furnishings of the training center must meet the special requirements for the training of persons with disabilities.

Trainers must demonstrate in-depth knowledge in the social, legal and medical fields. In small businesses that do not have any training staff with special qualifications for the disabled, support can be provided by suitably qualified personnel from educational institutions. In in-company training, the ratio of one coach to two trainees should be used.

Does training end?

Vocational training lasts three years. This is done in the training company and in the vocational school. Establishing special training classes depends on the number of trainees. Wilhelm-Emmanuel-von-Ketteler-Berufskolleg in Münster, where experience had already been gained by training skilled agricultural workers, now also plans to train horse breeders.

Two weeks of in-company training, one in the second and one in the third year of training, complete the in-company training. The intermediate exam is held before the end of the second year of training and the final exam at the end of the training. It consists of practical tasks and written parts.

Questions about the operation The Chamber of Agriculture’s training advisors answer questions about training or recognition as a training center. Contact details are available at www.landwirtschaftskammer.de in the Education department. Federal Employment Agency offices offer advice on support options during training and financial support.

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