Current vacancies


The Fortune Centre of Riding Therapy (FCRT) has the following exciting and rewarding opportunity within its Senior Management Team:


Head of Finance and Company Secretary


Established in 1976 as a registered charity, the mission of the FCRT is to further the education and independence of young people with learning difficulties and disabilities through the transference of skills, learnt whilst working with horses, into all aspects of life.


Working as part of our Senior Management team, with overall responsibility to the Principal and the Trustees for the finances of and operations of the organisation, you will take care of day-to-day accounting, budgets and preparation of year end accounts. Running the payroll and duties as Company Secretary will also be required. To succeed, you must be professionally qualified with a proven track record in this area of work and of managing, training and developing colleagues. Experience of work with a registered charity, and an interest in horses is helpful.


This is a full time, permanent position.

Annual leave entitlement – starting from 35 days per annum.

Salary range - £42,000 to £45,400 gross per annum and employee benefits.


In addition, the FCRT can offer commitment to your ongoing CPD and training, meals whilst on duty, additional leisure and medical benefits, and the use of company vehicles whilst on business.


If you are a fully qualified accountant with extensive financial, senior management and Company secretary experience, are fully conversant with all accounting procedures and processes, are a proactive self-starter, problem solver and a target-focussed strategist who can think critically, then please contact us on 01425 673297, and ask to speak to Matt Lewer or email for further information and an application pack. Find us on the web:


The FCRT is committed to Safeguarding, and to promoting the welfare of children and young adults; we expect all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.

Head of Finance and Company Secretary


Two vacancies for Trustees

Our trustee with accounting skills is retiring from the Board after 11 years. Fortune College (part of the Fortune Centre of Riding Therapy) is therefore looking for a new trustee with accounting skills to join the Board of Trustees.


Additionally, we are looking to expand the educational side of our Board of Trustees so are looking for a trustee with a strong background in education, ideally from the Further Education sector and with knowledge of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.


The role involves 3 trustee meetings a year and approximately 4 sub-committee meetings. Meetings are either held in person at Avon Tyrrell, Bransgore Christchurch BH23 8EE or via MS Teams. The role is unpaid, but expenses can be reclaimed.


Fortune College is an independent specialist college for young people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities aged 16-25. The college’s Further Education Through Horsemastership (FETH) Course offers an educational residential/day programme, working with horses, that prepares young people with learning disabilities to live as independently as possible and participate in their local community. The college provides the opportunity to achieve accredited qualifications, develop communication skills, independent living skills, self-confidence, and skills for working life.


If you are interested, please apply with a copy of your CV to the Chair of the Trustees


Lord Manners

Fortune College

Avon Tyrrell



BH23 8EE

Or by email to:

FCRT Catering Assistants

The FCRT is a unique residential, educational, and transitional environment geared specifically towards equine motivated young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). Based within the New Forest National Park, everything the centre sets out to achieve is rooted in Further Education Through Horsemanship (FETH).


Reporting to the Catering Team Leader, we are looking for people to join a team that shares responsibility for ensuring the centre’s catering requirements are consistently met.


Ideally you will hold a catering and food hygiene certificate, be familiar with special dietary requirements and recognise the importance of managing food intolerances.  With an ability to work on your own initiative and as part of a team, you will be able to support the Catering Team with planning, preparing, and serving healthy, balanced meals to our staff and students.

Operating out of Bransgore and New Milton, we are recruiting for term time only positions based on 40 weeks per annum, with hours available to suit the right candidates. Evening and weekend shifts may be required along with the flexibility to assist the Catering Team during annual, seasonal, and one-off events.

For further information or an application pack, please email or call 01425 673297, in the first instance.

In line with CQC regulations, all applicants will be required to show evidence of double Covid 19 vaccination status.


The FCRT is committed to Safeguarding, and to promoting the welfare of children and young adults; we expect all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.

FCRT Assistants


We are looking for enthusiastic applicants who have a real interest in the education of young adults with learning difficulties and disabilities, and our method of delivery which is through working with horses. Fortune College is a specialist FE college with the aim of helping young people to extend their education and learn to become more self-reliant through working with horses, and by transferring that learning to everyday living skills.

The role will include assisting in the delivery of taught sessions with and without the horses in both yard and residential settings. Students work towards achieving outcomes from their Education, Health and Care Plans and receive a multi-disciplinary approach to create an individualised education package.


If you are interested in being part of our team and believe you have relevant skills and experience, we would love to hear from you!

For an informal chat to find out more about the role and what we do please call the main reception number, 01425 673297, and ask to speak to Suzi Barnett  (Assistant Principal) 

Duties will include early morning, evening and weekend work either on the yard or residentially.

Various hours available

In line with CQC regulations, all applicants will be required to show evidence of double Covid 19 vaccination status.


Salary: £18,646.29 per annum (FTE)