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This section provides helpful information on why Apprenticeships could benefit your business and how Haddon Training supports you in employing an apprentice.


Apprenticeships can make your organisation more effective, productive and competitive by filling your skills gaps directly. They provide your workforce with the practical skills and qualifications that your organisation needs to flourish both now, and in the future.

Importantly, you can train your apprentice in the ways of your equine or animal care business. Unlike Colleges, a Haddon Training Apprentice completes all of his or her training 'on the job' at your premises. You are not required to send your apprentice off-site at any time

Haddon Training offers over fifteen different Apprenticeship frameworks in four different industry sectors: equine, animal care, business and saddlery.

Benefits of employing an Apprentice

1.  Improve your bottome line:  Because apprentices receive relevant training and work while they learn, they can make an immediate impact within your business.

2.  Motivate your workforce:  Apprenticeships are available to both new and current employees. New employees feel supported and able to develop in their new role.  Current employees (who may study for an advanced apprenticeship) enjoy the extra responsibility.  It makes them feel more valued and improves long term retention.

3.  Give them relevant training to YOUR Business:  Apprenticeships provide your workforce with expertise that’s not only specific to your industry, but also directly relevant to your business. They are designed around your business needs by industry specialists who genuinely understand what you do.

By taking on apprentices, you develop the specialist skills you need to keep pace with the latest technology and working practices in your sector.

Haddon Training's role

Right from the start, we will guide and support you and provide advice on recruiting and employing an apprentice.

Once you have selected an apprentice, we will send a specialist mentor to meet you and your apprentice at your location. Sometimes, a parent or guardian attends this initial meeting, during which we ensure that both employer and apprentice understands what's involved. 

When everybody is happy we will complete the Apprenticeship Training Plan and Agreements and start the apprenticeship training programme. 

Your apprentice will be assigned a highly competent and experienced work-based assessor who is a specialist in your industry. They will support and guide you as the employer / trainer and ensure that the qualifications within the Apprenticeship Framework are delivered to fully meet national quality standards.

Your role as the employer

As the employer, you must give your apprentices an induction into their role and provide on-the-job training. You are also responsible for paying your apprentices’ wages and providing a safe and healthy environment in which to work. You must sign an Employment Contract with them and offer them all of the normal terms and conditions for employees e.g paid holidays, sick pay etc.

How much does it cost?

The government provides free apprenticeship qualifications to young people aged 16-18 years of age.  It expects employers to make a reasonable contribution to the costs of apprenticeships for adults 19 and over. This can be discussed during an initial contact.

Student loans are available for Advanced Apprentices aged 24 years or over.

Employers will be expected to pay their Apprentice a minimum wage of £3.40 per hour (October 2016).

Please go to our Grants for Employers for more information on the financial benefits of employing an apprentice and details on government financial incentives.


Visit this website for more information or download our Employer's Guide.


Haddon Training is now able to offer traineeships.

For more information, please see our Traineeship guide for employers



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