The Showing Council’s agreed
training provider is Haddon Training.
Training Ltd is a high quality, dynamic work-based training organisation
with an outstanding reputation throughout the Equine industry. Established 15
years ago by the owner and Managing Director, Chris Hewlett, it has retained its
unique identity as a specialist land-based training provider.
Their expertise in providing excellent training was recognised by Ofsted in July
2011, when they were awarded Grade One "Outstanding".
They are currently the approved apprenticeship provider for all three
Disciplines of the British Equestrian Federation and deliver the Advanced
Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence for British Showjumping. They have a
long-established partnership with The King's Troop RHA, delivering
apprenticeships for Horse Gunners in Woolwich, London.
Apprenticeships – Government Funded Education Programmes
Haddon Training deliver 100% work-based Horse Care Apprenticeships across
England and Wales. There are three pathways which can be followed depending on
the type of yard the apprentice is employed: Horse Care, Riding or Breeding.
There are two levels of apprenticeship, depending on how much experience you
1. Horse Care Level 2 is suited for people who are new to working with horses on
a commercial yard, programme duration is 12 months
2. Horse Care and Management Level 3 is suited for people in a senior position
with experience working with horses commercially, programme duration is 15
The apprenticeship will provide a structure for learning and give objective
assessments of an individual’s practical skills and knowledge, compared against
national benchmarks and standards.
The apprenticeship is made up of a 'framework' which incorporates a work-based
Diploma together with a Technical Certificate, Employment Rights &
Responsibilities (ERR), Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS) and
Functional Skills in Maths and English (unless you have achieved GCSE Maths and
English at Grade C or above).
Once a month a Haddon Training Assessor-Trainer will visit the apprentice in the
work-place to assess and help them through their programme. Haddon Training
pride themselves in employing very experienced and vocationally qualified
Assessor-Trainers to ensure every learner has a quality learning experience.
For the Apprentice:
An Apprentice will gain training on the job from their employer, earn a wage and
work towards a nationally recognised qualification! The Apprentice will gain
skills that will develop their confidence, competence and commercial speed, the
mix that all employers are looking for.
The apprenticeships are fully Government funded for 16-23 year olds who meet the
eligibility criteria of:
• Must be an EU resident for minimum of 3 years
• Not to have achieved a Foundation or Degree, qualification of Level 4 or
• Not in full time Education; School, College, University or another
• Must not have completed a Level 3 Equine course at College
The optional units of the Diploma can be tailored to the type of yard you are
employed on; here is an example of the optional units:
• Plait and trim horses’ manes and tails (Level 2)
• Assist with the day to day care of performance horses (Level 2)
• Prepare horses for a public appearance (Level 2)
• Tack up horses for specialist work (Level 3)
• Exercise and improve the performance of horses using lunging or long reining
• Ride schooled horses to maintain training (Level 3)
For the Employer:
Work-based Apprenticeships are a great way to train your staff to your
standards! Depending on which region you are based in, when you take on a new
apprentice you could be eligible to apply for Government AGE Grant of up to
£2,000 to help you employ them.
Apprenticeships are a responsible and legal approach to employing unskilled
staff, especially for school levers aged 16-18 years old.
Horse Care Apprenticeships are also available for your existing staff if they
are aged between 16-23 years old. This is great for structuring their training
and keeping them motivated in the work-place. Existing staff must be kept on the
same wage and employers are not entitled to the AGE Grant.
The legal requirements for an Apprentice:
• Employed (PAYE) by the employer (not self-employed)
• Paid a minimum of the National Apprentice Minimum wage of £3.40 per hour
• Employment contract – to include; Holiday pay, wage, etc
• Working at least 30 hours per week, maximum of 48 for 18 and older apprentices
• 16/17 year olds not working more than 40 hours over a 5 day week (8 working
hours per day)
• 16/17 year olds can’t be left in sole charge of a yard, there must be another
member of staff on the grounds
Why work with Haddon Training?
Our current employers rated us on the FE Choices Survey (2015/2016) on the below
aspects of our Apprenticeship delivery:
• 95% recognised professionalism in our approach to training and delivery
• 95% felt that our delivery reflected up to date industry practices
• 93% felt that delivery was flexible and met their needs
• 92% felt we understood their training needs
• 90% felt they were clearly communicated with throughout
If you would prefer to have a telephone conversation
about how Apprenticeships could help you, please call our experienced Business
Development Team on 01672 519977.
If you would like to recruit for an Apprentice, please complete an
Apprenticeship vacancy form and return to us to advertise. You can take
advantage of our FREE in-house recruitment service!
Last Updated Saturday 04 August 2018