ONLINE EQUINE MANAGEMENT AND COACHING
CAREER SKILLS PROGRAMS
Attending full time studies and practise at a recognised and accredited Equestrian Training Academy has been the traditional way to learn to become proficient in handling and understanding horses. However REC Equestrian Academy over its 20 years of ‘training for excellence’ has recognised that to be truly inclusive to all, to fulfil its values of social upliftment, economic improvement, having a positive environmental impact and adding value; we need to give access of our skills programs to as many South Africans as possible. This has become even more important with the advent of a worldwide pandemic that has changed the way we work and learn, so it is the duty of reputable institutions to ensure that its learners are able to complete their studies, while observing national safety guidelines.
The Online learning model developed by REC Academy is a blended learning approach combining digital technology for online learning, with ‘in-person’ learning in the physical workspace. This technological innovation, has been developed to offer an effective learning experience, which is flexible and cost effective.
In providing a specialized education for those who wish to make a career working with horses, with the availability of online learning programs, has been welcomed by learners who prefer to personalize their own study schedule, and manage a workspace for practice at their convenience.
The Online learning pathway
In line with the recommendation of the QCTO (Quality Council for Trades & Occupations) REC Equestrian Academy encourages and guides its learners through the national qualification levels of unit standards to facilitate the three pillars of competency:
Theory via the online component of the blended learning approach
Combined with in-person practise by the learner in an equestrian workspace as part of the workplace logbook
All activities are validated and form part of the learner’s portfolio of evidence (PoE) creating an Experiential learning process, specifically defined as learning through reflection of doing
POSSIBLE EQUESTRIAN CAREERS
The skills programs gives the learner entry into over 40 career pathways some of the most popular ones are the following:
(Metro police, SAPS, Security, Correctional Services)
(Racing grooms, Assistant/Head Trainer)
(Stud groom, Trainer, Assistant/Stud Manager)
(Trainer, Professional Groom, Coach, Discipline Judge, Course designer, Stewarding)
(Trail centres, Equestrian Field Guide, Assistant/Lead Horse Guides)
(Professional Groom, Livery Yard/Riding School/Polo Yard Manager)