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Apprenticeship Scheme


British Eventing Haddon Training Apprenticeships Scheme

Eventing Apprenticeships with Haddon Training 

Increase your:

Confidence; develop your skills and career development opportunities

Competence; formalise your equine knowledge with a Government funded educational programme

Consistency; work through a structured training programme covering all aspects of Horse Care

Commercial pace; work in the eventing industry, at a commercial speed 

Haddon Training is British Eventing's official Training Provider for the delivery of quality Eventing apprenticeships. Haddon Training is an OFSTED Grade 1 ‘Outstanding' National work-based training provider, who specialise in the equine industry.  Haddon Training will ensure that young people, aged 16-23, have the opportunity to receive a nationally recognised and accredited qualification through formal, government funded Apprenticeships at Level 2 and Level 3. 

The real advantage of a Haddon Training apprenticeship is that you will WORK IN A COMMERCIAL EVENTING YARD; you will gain real-time work experience and training from some of the country's most experienced riders and employers; and you will be supported all the way by a highly qualified and vocationally experienced Haddon Training assessor. 

The apprenticeship framework includes the Horse Care Diploma; Functional Skills maths and English (if required); Employment Rights and Responsibilities; Technical Certificate and Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS).  The vocational aspect of your qualification is flexible to accommodate your job role and the employer's needs. An Apprenticeship will take a minimum of 12 months to complete, the average Apprenticeship duration is between 12-18 months.

The main part of the apprenticeship is the Horse Care Diploma at Level 2 or Level 3.  You can select specialist units to support your eventing career, such as:

     ● Plait and trim horses' manes and tails

     ● Caring for performance horses

     ● Clean and groom horses for appearance

Benefits to an employer

There's one thing worse than no staff; that's untrained staff

Apprenticeships are for both new and existing employees: new employees feel supported and able to develop in their new role, current employees enjoy the extra responsibility and it makes them feel more valued. A Haddon Training apprentice completes all of the training ‘on the job' and works to your ethos and procedures.

During 2012 the British government launched an incentive scheme to encourage small businesses to employ apprentices for the first time. Provided you have not employed a government funded apprentice before or during the last 12 months, small businesses could be entitled to an incentive payment of up to £1500.

The Apprenticeship programme is free to the employer but the apprentice must be employed for a minimum of 30 hours per week and have a signed employment contract. The apprentice must be on the Apprenticeship programme for a minimum of 12 months. They will be exempt the national minimum wage and will be entitled to £2.73/hour (if aged 19 or over the apprentice is entitled to the National Minimum Wage after one year). For more information on employing an apprentice visit

What are the next steps?

Whether you're interested in becoming or employing an apprentice please contact the Haddon Training head office on 01672 519977 or email Our recruitment team is on hand to offer support throughout the whole process.

Once your Apprentice starts the programme, Haddon Training will provide you with a named Assessor who will take responsibility for the programme, registration and agree an individual training plan for your member of staff/ apprentice to follow.

Eventing Apprenticeship opportunities in Wales

Government funding is available to British Eventing and Haddon Training in Wales through Torfaen Training and Cambrian Training. In Wales Haddon Training can support Horse Care apprenticeships at Level 2 and Level 3.

The qualifications

·         Modern Apprenticeship Level 2

·         Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3

An Apprenticeship or Advanced Apprenticeship comprises of:

·         Diploma (formally NVQ)

·         Technical Certificate (Knowledge)

·         Employee's Rights & Responsibilities

·         Essential Skills (English and maths)

Eligibility for Funding

·         Aged  16 to 24 at the time of application

·         EU resident for 3+ years

·         Hold a national insurance number

·         Employed (on a yard) for a minimum of 16 hours per week. 

·         Must not be in full time education with a college or in state funded school 6th form.

·         Must not hold a degree level qualification

Apprenticeship wage

The apprenticeship wage is £2.73 per hour. (October 2014)


Typically 12 to 18 months, but there is no set  timeframe for the qualification.

Find out more about apprenticeships in Wales