Equestrian Training Programme (ETP) Facilitator required in Festina Lente, Wicklow.

FESTINA LENTE MISSION STATEMENT:  The mission of Festina Lente is to provide a range of integrated training, occupational, learning and employment opportunities to people with disabilities.  These services are provided through equestrianism, horticulture and community-based activities with an emphasis on choice, personal development and progression.  The services are provided through the following:

 Equestrian Training Programme

  • Transition Training Programme
  • Festina Lente Riding School
  • Equine Assisted Learning
  • Equine Facilitated Education Programme 
  • Therapeutic Riding Service
  • Saol Anois Day Service
  • Festina Lente Gardens

Job Title:                   Equestrian Training Programme (ETP) Facilitator

Contract Type:          Full-time Permanent Contract of Employment

Location:                   Bray, Co Wicklow     

Reporting to:             Equestrian Learning Centre Manager

Responsible to:          Chief Executive Officer & Deputy Chief Executive

The Festina Lente Equestrian Center provides a wide range of equine-based activities to approximately 300 young people, teenagers and adults each week.  These activities include group lessons, private lessons, therapeutic lessons and a wide range of equine facilities activities wide range of equine facilities activities, which are provided to people affected by socio economic disadvantage and/or disability. 

The ETP Instructor will be an integrated position within Festina Lente’s Equestrian Learning Centre. The role will include the responsibility of yard supervisor on Sundays. This additional responsibility will further support the

Job Purpose

The overall purpose of the role of Equestrian Training Programme Facilitator is to deliver the QQI Level 4 Major Award in Horsemanship to students enrolled in the Programme as part of the Equestrian Learning Centre team.

Key responsibilities:

  • To assist in implementing the Equestrian Training Programme, as outlined in the programme descriptor, in conjunction with the Equestrian Training Programme Staff, Yard Manager and ELC Manager.
  • To assist in managing the delivery of the programme, including all yard based activities, QQI modules and other activities as set out in the programme timetable.
  • To deliver QQI training modules at level 4 on the National Framework of Qualifications, in conjunction with SOLAS and in accordance with the QQI validated programme descriptor.
  • To ensure that learners have an opportunity to engage in fair and consistent assessment for the purpose of achieving the named QQI awards.
  • To maintain and update training and assessment records for learners in line with the QQI accredited Quality Assurance Programme and the SOLAS Training Standards System.
  • To support students in career development and source and facilitate work experience placements for students.
  • To facilitate learners to engage in educational community based activities on a monthly basis and to ensure the health and safety of learners during these off-site events in conjunction with the ELC.
  • To liaise with the ELC Manager and Academic Committee in the monitoring and assurance of programme quality in order to apply consistently the quality assurance procedures set out by the SOLAS Training Standards System and as agreed with QQI.
  • To contribute towards the evaluation of the delivery of the training programme on an annual basis.
  • To act as a mentor and advocate for learners involved in the programme to support them to achieve individual goals in collaboration with the ELC team.
  • To facilitate and evaluate person centred planning, in the form of individualised training plans and progress reports.
  • To liaise with learner’s family members/guardians and/or support persons as appropriate.
  • To liaise with other organisations/professionals as required.
  • To comply with the Health and Safety requirements of the organisation.
  • To attend staff meetings and training as required.
  • To build and maintain excellent working relationships with colleagues, students & service members.
  • To contribute to the highest standards of equine welfare.
  • To contribute to the overall strategic planning of Festina Lente.

The role also includes yard supervisory responsibilities on Sunday’s including; overseeing horse timetables and supervising ELC staff, helpers and volunteers.  This job description is not exhaustive and the other duties may be assigned from time to time in accordance with the needs of the service. This job description may be revised to take account of changing circumstances or requirements.


Essential requirements the person must meet are as follows:

  • An appropriate third level qualification in a related field e.g. Social Care/Health Care/Youth Work/Psychology
  • Certified Training in Equine Studies/BHS
  • A minimum of two years’ experience of working in the area of disability, mental health, youth work or other related field
  • A minimum of two years’ experience delivering educational modules and or workshops (preferably QQI)
  • A minimum of two years’ experience working in an Equestrian Yard
  • Experience of efficient administration and record keeping
  • Experience in facilitating person centred planning and behaviour support
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Enjoys the outdoor environment and be physically able and fit for the strenuous nature of the post 
  • Experience of supervising and motivating people
  • Proven experience of working within a team structure
  • Committed to on-going self and professional development
  • Welcomes change and is committed to encouraging continuous improvement and learning
  • Manages your own workload effectively while responding to new demands
  • Has the capacity to integrate well with, and contribute to, an evolving organisation
  • Have fluent English
  • Have a good and proficient knowledge of IT systems and is computer literate
  • Have a full and clean Irish driving license

 Other desired specifications:

  • Knowledge of Multi Element Behaviour Support
  • Qualification in Equitation Science
  • Coaching Experience
  • Experience supporting people with additional needs in accessing employment opportunities

 Personal Attributes

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Experience of being a team player
  • Experience of motivating people
  • Proven ability to work on own initiative within a flexible, co-operative team structure
  • Solution focused
  • Ability to work to deadlines


Salary:                                    €30,000 - €37,500     

Hours:                                    39 hours per week

Pension:                                  Employees have access to PRSA scheme.

Working Week:

  • Sunday 8am – 5.30pm
  • Monday 8am – 5pm
  • Tuesday 8am – 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 8am – 4.30pm
  • Thursday 8am – 4.30pm

Benefits Include:

Access to a PRSA Scheme

Ongoing training and Development

Access to Educational Support

22 days’ annual leave pro rata

Personal Mental Health Day

Bike to work scheme

Annual Leave: Annual Leave will be 22 days per annum.  Entitlement to Public Holidays will be in accordance with the Working Time Act of 1997 (pro rata).  Compulsory Leave must be taken at:

 Easter (School Holidays)

  • August (School Holidays)
  • Christmas (School Holidays)

HOW TO APPLY:  Closing Date for Applications: Friday 7th April

We encourage informal enquiries which can be made by contacting Clodagh Carey (ELC Manager) on 0879232140 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Application forms can be found on our website http://festinalente.ie/about-us/job-vacancies/festina-lente-job-vacancy-application-form/ .

Interviews will be held: 17th April

Please Note: interview process will include a practical assessment.  Second interview will be held as appropriate.


Selection will involve short listing of applicants for interview based on the criteria for the position as outlined in this job description. A file may be formed for future vacancies.


Garda Vetting for all employees and volunteers is compulsory and those candidates invited for interview will be asked to complete a Garda Vetting form for submission at that time.

The successful candidate will be provided with a copy of the Festina Lente Child Protection Policy and will be required to sign their acceptance of the contents of this document.

A Mandatory Declaration Form must be signed in advance of commencement of employment.

Festina Lente is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes suitably qualified applicants from all sections of society 


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