More than just a qualification

Whether you want to take your first step on the job ladder or supercharge your career, choosing an apprenticeship with us is a great decision.

“The coaching we have, in every aspect, is second to none.  A massive thank you to all who make these fantastic apprenticeship opportunities possible.”

Barnie Brotherton, Sporting Excellence Advanced Apprentice

If you’re new to work, apprenticeships are a great way to learn practical skills and develop the knowledge you need to succeed. If you’ve had a promotion or change of career, an apprenticeship is also an ideal way to expand your abilities and support you to develop in your new role.

If you’d like to read the thoughts of some more of our incredible learners. simply click here.

Our apprenticeships are available across the EquineAnimal Care and Business sectors. Our Trainer Coaches are experts in their areas; they’re passionate about sharing their knowledge and experience in order to help you achieve your goals and we’re really proud to work with some of the best employers in the business.

The apprenticeship journey

  • Entry Requirements

    When looking to undertake an apprenticeship with us you should have some basic experience in the field that you are applying (this can be personal experience and doesn’t have to be knowledge of working in a business environment). This allows you to grow and expand your experiences whilst learning everything it takes to work in a business setting.

    You will also need to study English and maths if you haven’t already achieved the desired grade (GCSE grade A-C or grade 4 or above) and will work towards achieving a Functional Skills Level 2 qualification in these areas as part of your apprenticeship.  Your digital skills will also be developed as part of our apprenticeship programmes.

  • Your Employment Rights

    We take pride in ensuring that all our learners are correctly looked after under employment legislation. If you choose to become an apprentice, you become an employee at your chosen location. All our employers must ensure that they adhere to the following:

    • Duration – Every apprentice’s contract of employment must last at least the duration of their apprenticeship, up to and including the end point assessment.
    • Days – Under 18-year-olds must have two consecutive days off every week. Over 18-year-olds must have one day off per week or two days off per fortnight.
    • Hours – Under 18-year-olds cannot work more than 40 hours per week. Over 18-year-olds cannot work more than 48 hours per week.
    • Rate of pay – Apprentices must be paid at least the government minimum for apprentices. This changes in their second year if they are 19 years or older.
    • Pay Date – Apprentices must be paid through the PAYE system and know when and how they are being paid, with receipt of regular payslips.
    • Time-Off – An apprentice’s contract must include details of annual leave, sick pay, maternity/paternity and other statutory requirements.


    For more on this please visit the government website.

  • How to Apply

    If you would like us to help you to find an apprenticeship position you can apply online via our application form. Once received our dedicated team will be in touch via phone or email to discuss your application before advising on any suitable roles.

    If you would like to look at our available vacancies you can view our vacancies page to see what we are currently offering. You can then apply for any roles that are of interest.

    You can apply before finishing school, but you will need to get in touch with us directly around a month before you finish school to do this. Please note that we cannot guarantee that the vacancies we have live on our system now will still be available when you have finished school.

    If you are already volunteering or working for an employer and they are happy for you to start an apprenticeship we can also organise this with you and the employer – just get in touch and let us know.

  • Safeguarding and Welfare

    Safeguarding and Welfare

    Your safety and wellbeing are paramount. 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 07745 647524 or email:

    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, they have a duty to ensure they comply with all legislation that covers this.

    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), employers must ensure DBS checks (a record of a person’s criminal convictions and cautions carried out by the Disclosure and Barring Service) are carried out on the other occupants within the accommodation before you 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.

    Please view our Safeguarding for Learners Who Live-on-Site Policy here.

    Where there are charges for accommodation the government provides advice and guidance on this legislation. Please click here for the government website.

    We encourage all our learners to discuss any concerns they may have, no matter how small, with a parent, your employer, your Trainer Coach or our Safeguarding Officer.

  • Health and Safety

    All employers are required to comply with certain regulatory and quality standards. When they 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.  They must comply with all legal and regulatory standards when employing staff and 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 employers meet these requirements before agreeing to a trainee or apprentice. Further information on the requirements can be found at and for further advice and guidance please also refer to the Useful Links section below.

  • Mental Health and Wellbeing

    We encourage our learners to always talk to their parents, Trainer Coach or employer 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. 

    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.

    Please remember that we also offer a 24-hour Safeguarding helpline for all our learners.

  • Useful Links

    Haddon Policies – we have a page dedicated to our policies and procedures covering our approach to a wide range of subjects. If you have any specific questions though, please contact us.

    National Minimum Wage

    ACAS – ACAS gives free, impartial advice on workplace rights, rules and best practice.

    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.

    British Groom Association we work very closely and are pleased to offer an exclusive membership discount to our learners (new members only)*.

    This offer does not include personal accident insurance