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Haddon Training has been working with The Hunting Office to ensure that skills from previous generations of hunt staff are passed on to new entrants. The future of all forms of hunting will rely upon the training, education and qualifications of all staff coming into the industry, to ensure animal welfare is maintained to the highest standard in the future.

“The Apprenticeship gives our future huntsmen the opportunity to receive guidance from experienced members of hunt staff. By living and working in kennels, they understand the importance of hound welfare, improve their hunting knowledge and skill, and also obtain a formal qualification.” 

The Hunting Office 

This apprenticeship offers the opportunity to:

  • Access nationally recognised qualifications based on practical work skills.
  • Have your knowledge and achievements from within the workplace recognised.
  • Be identified as working to a well-respected national standard in their chosen specialist area.
  • Start your career at 16 and continue to learn while earning a wage.

What qualifications are available?

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Celebrating success



After a challenging year in 2020, we’re really pleased that announce that two of our apprentices have passed their Level 2 apprenticeship in Animal care and Welfare with distinctions. To read more please click here.

“An Apprenticeship provides the knowledge and skills hunt staff need to work in hunt service. The Apprenticeship gives young people a valuable qualification with transferable skills that will enable them to make career progression within the hunting industry. We are now in a position of having Huntsmen who have graduated from the programme, that are now responsible for the training of new applicants; thus investing again in the future of hunting.

Chris Hewlett, Managing Director of Haddon Training

  • Entry requirements
    • To apply for this apprenticeship you will need to be of school leaver age.
    • As part of this apprenticeship, maths and English will be developed up to a Level 2 functional skills standard if you haven’t already achieved a GCSE grade 4-9, A*-C or a Level 2 Functional Skills qualification.

    If you are still in full-time education; school, college, university, on another apprenticeship, or just unsure of your suitability just contact our friendly team to discuss.

  • Teaching, learning and assessment

    Throughout your journey, you will learn the core apprenticeship components, taking part in monthly sessions with your Trainer-Coach, accessing different learning systems and spending time learning and enhancing skills, knowledge and behaviours whilst at work. If required you will also be supported to develop your maths and English, in preparation for your functional skills qualifications. You will then be assessed by a final end point assessment (EPA) for your overall apprenticeship.

    Every four months you will practice your tests and assessments in preparation for EPA. Your EPA consists of a knowledge test, observation at work and a professional discussion. These are all designed to prove competence in the workplace and you are fully supported in your preparation for this.

    All our Trainer-Coaches are experts in the animal care industry and will be on hand to support you throughout your apprenticeship. They will check your knowledge and understanding through a variety of methods including assignments, workbooks, tailored resources, and observations before agreeing with you and your employer that you are ready to take your final endpoint assessment.