Building the future
When you choose to employ a trainee or apprentice with us you are investing in your company and giving someone the opportunity to learn, train and develop with you, for you. Our aim is to help you achieve your goals by supporting and guiding you and your chosen learner on this rewarding journey.
“Haddon Training works very well for our yard; with their work-based training, we don’t have to lose any staff for any length of time. It is very professionally run and they are always happy to help our team achieve the qualifications they want”
Philip Hobbs, proprietor of Philip Hobbs Racing
There are some financial incentives available to employers when taking on a trainee or employing an apprentice. Please select from the below guides for more information on the current government incentives available in England.
Apprentice Employment Contracts
We work hard to ensure that our apprentices have the proper support and legal requirements in place for their apprenticeship programme.
Every apprentice must have a contract of employment, which sets out certain mandatory information, including: employment start date, wages, weekly contracted hours, holiday, and sick pay. These details must also abide by all relevant legislation, for example, wages cannot be less than the current national minimum wage for the apprentice, based on their age and duration on their apprenticeship. The contract also must be agreed and signed by both the employer and the apprentice.
If you need support with contracts of employment, there are many resources available, including the Federation of Small Businesses.
Within the equine sector, the EEA offer use of their exclusive contract creator to all their members. This innovative tool is easy to use and ensures that your employment contracts are complying with all relevant legislation.
To find out more about the contract creator and the many other benefits the EEA has to offer, click here.
If you are an employer working with Haddon Training we also offer an exclusive discount on your first year of EEA membership. To find out more, just contact our team.
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Key Requirements and Resources
Below lists some key requirements and helpful resources to support employers. A full list of our policies can be found here.
- Safeguarding and Welfare
We are committed to providing a secure environment for all learners and staff. All our staff recognise that safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility irrespective of the role they undertake or whether their role has direct contact or responsibility for learners or not. Haddon Training aims to create a culture of vigilance.
We abide by all safeguarding legislation and have a Safeguarding Officer available at all times.
You can contact our Safeguarding Officer on 07375 079876 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For more on our safeguarding policy and other policies please click here.
Safeguarding and Welfare: Learners Living On-Site
Where an employer offers the provision of accommodation for ‘Young People’ working as apprentices, there is a need to be aware of the raft of legislation that covers Employment, Safeguarding and Accommodation.
Employers need to make sure they know about their legal responsibilities and how to comply with them and to ensure they are doing so. Legal advice should be sought on this issue (BHS members have free telephone access to a Business Support Helpline).
For apprentices under 18, or under 25 with an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan, that will be sharing accommodation facilities with adults (people aged 18 years old or over), you also need to be aware of the need for DBS checks (a record of a person’s criminal convictions and cautions carried out by the Disclosure and Barring Service) to be carried out on the other occupants within the accommodation before they begin to live on-site. Apprentices that are under 18 or under 25 with an EHC plan should always have their own bedroom with a door lock.
Haddon Training can assist you with the DBS process – please just contact our team to discuss further. For further information on our policy relating to this please click here.
Where there are charges for accommodation the government provides advice and guidance on this legislation. Please click here for the government website.
- Health and Safety
All employers are required to comply with certain regulatory and quality standards. When you wish to take on a trainee or apprentice with us, we provide a checklist that identifies the mandatory and advisory standards that employers are required to meet. It is your responsibility to comply with all legal and regulatory standards when employing staff and to ensure they are all working in a safe and healthy environment.
Haddon Training take these standards seriously and will take steps to satisfy ourselves that you meet these requirements before agreeing to a trainee or apprentice. For further information, please visit www.hse.gov.uk and for further advice and guidance please also refer to the Useful Links section below.
Please view our Safeguarding for Learners Who Live-on-Site Policy here.
- Mental Health and Wellbeing
The mental health and wellbeing of our learners is paramount, and we encourage them to always talk to you, their parents or Trainer Coach if they are struggling. No-one should ever have to feel alone.
Below you will find a number of resources that may also be of use.
The NHS offer an array of tools and self-care videos for young people, with handy tips on exercise, sleep and how to take care of themselves on social media.
MIND have set up a ‘Get help now’ function, which includes crisis coping tools and an Infoline and Legal line.
YoungMinds have fantastic advice on mental health support covering feelings of anxiety, stress, eating disorders and the impact of Coronavirus.
Riders Minds is a freely available, online, bespoke resource, dedicated to supporting the mental health and well-being of all horse riders.
Grooms Minds is run by the British Grooms Association and is an online resource dedicated to supporting the mental health and well-being of its members.
Racing Welfare provide a 24 hour support line which can be reached via their website.
BullyingUK offer training and direction on what to do when you experience bullying, including a confidential helpline and Welsh language helpline.
Make it count – This guide is for parents and carers to help children understand, protect and sustain their mental health.
We also offer a 24-hour Safeguarding helpline for all Haddon Training learners.
If you are looking for support and guidance for addictions there is also some fantastic support networks available:
Drinkaware – A great website to help you understand what triggers you to drink and arming you with strategies to help overcome excuses and reduce your drinking.
Drug Addiction – With the right help and support, it’s possible for you to get drug free and stay that way.
Gambling – If you feel you have a problem with gambling and you’d like to stop, support and treatment is available.
- Useful Links
For guidance on funding, eligibility and the legal requirements on hiring a trainee or apprentice:
ACAS – ACAS gives employers free, impartial advice on workplace rights, rules and best practice. They will also offer training and help to resolve disputes.
Amazing apprenticeships have launched a new traineeship section on their website, containing a collection of free resources designed to provide you with more information on the benefits of a traineeship.
For help and support specifically designed for Equestrian Employers:
RIDDOR – Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations.
COSHH – Control of Substances Hazardous to Health.
Employer Facility Requirements – we have created a page which details the mandatory facility requirements for all our employers who are looking to recruit or already employ an apprentice.
The road to a quality apprenticeship
Click below for the government guides to hiring the right apprentice for your business. This information will not only help you understand the full benefits of hiring an apprentice, but will provide you with information on funding, employer responsibility, apprentice progression and easy next steps.
COVID-19 Government Grant Incentive Scheme
If you have signed up to the Covid-19 government grant incentive scheme and successfully hired your apprentice, we wanted to point you to all the information needed to claim the incentive offered to you.
The Digital Apprenticeship Service (DAS) portal for applications is now open! To create an apprenticeship service account –click here.
If you are looking to take on a trainee or hire an apprentice and need to understand more, contact our friendly team today, we are always happy to help.
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