Employing an Apprentice

Helping you train and retain your staff

Haddon Training has over 20 years’ experience with apprenticeships. We’re award-winning and recognised by OFSTED as Grade 1: “Outstanding”.

We work with a range of Animal Care employers across the South West of England.

Our vocationally experienced Trainer-Coaches (formerly Assessors) have a wealth of experience from working in the industry. They will visit the Apprentice on-site once every 4-6 weeks to coach, support and mentor the young person through the programme.  Our Trainer-Coaches will also want to meet the employer or trainer to discuss the apprentice’s progress and help develop them in areas where their skills may be lacking.

“There’s one thing worse than no staff – badly trained staff.”

  • Training expectation of employer

    We see an apprenticeship as an equal partnership between the Training Provider, the Learner and the Employer.

    We believe you should be actively engaged from the beginning to motivate and encourage your apprentice through the programme.

    Our Trainer- Coaches will need access to the apprentice for up to 3 hours once every 4-6 weeks to complete their visit. Either the employer or a senior staff member will be responsible for training the apprentice in the required knowledge.
    You will need to provide a safe working environment for the apprentice and adhere to employment law.

  • Helping you recruit an Apprentice

    Haddon Training offers a FREE recruitment service and there’s no finder’s fee for placing an apprentice. We advertise on different platforms and can reach up to 300,000 eager young people looking for apprenticeships.  We carefully match applicants to employers and pre-screen them for eligibility.

    A member of our team will work with you to ascertain what kind of apprentice you are looking for:

    • What level of experience is required.
    • Level 2 or 3 candidate.
    • What the job role of the apprentice will be including day to day duties.
    • Whether you will be happy to offer a traineeship.

    We will then advertise that position for them freely on Get My first Job, Haddon Training Website and the National Apprenticeship Service. (Please note this could take up to 3 working days to be uploaded).

    Applicants can apply through each of these websites. Our team will call each one within 2-3 days, check their eligibility, experience and age etc. If we feel they have the appropriate experience for the position, we’ll then give the candidate your details to arrange an interview.

    Once you have chosen your apprentice, we will organise an enrolment with one of our qualified assessors, who will come out and sign the learner up to the relevant course. We will need to see your Employer’s Liability Insurance and a valid Contract of Employment between the employer and the apprentice at the enrolment.

    Through the apprenticeship we offer a support network for employing, developing and retaining your staff, we are, however, unable to give advice on employment law.

  • Financials

    You can pay apprentices the minimum National Minimum Apprentice wage of £3.50 per hour.

    Apprentices aged 16-18

    All 16-18 year old apprentices are fully funded by the Government. There is no employer contribution cost to hiring within this age group.

    There is a £1,000 grant that employers receive for taking on a 16-18 year old, this is paid to the employer in two instalments:

    • £500 is paid 3-4 months after taking on the apprentice.
    • £500 is paid on successful completion of the programme.


    Apprentices aged 19 and over

    The Government has made it compulsory for employers to contribute to hiring an apprentice aged 19 and over. The employer contribution varies across each sector and each level.

    At Haddon Training we’ve created an effective payment plan that includes an initial payment to register the learner, and then a series of low monthly payments set up by direct debit over the duration of the apprenticeship. There are no Government grants for employing an apprentice in this age range.

  • Trial through a traineeship

    There are many young people who dream of working with animals but they often fall down at the first hurdle as they aren’t ready for the work place. They need practical experience and training from professionals to make their aspirations a reality.

    A traineeship is a structured work experience programme for 16-23 year olds who:

    • Have minimal or no work experience.
    • Do not hold a Level 3 qualification.
    • Are not ready for an apprenticeship but could be within 6 months.

    The traineeship programme is a Government initiative to help school leavers and young people with insufficient work experience get their foot in the door and start developing useful industry and workplace skills in a commercial business.

    Is a trainee right for you?

    • There’s a robust trial period to ensure the trainee suits your business.
    • You’ll be able to test the young person’s commitment to working with animals.
    • You’ll produce fit for purpose staff who understand your business demands.

View our Animal Care qualifications

Follow the links below

Animal Care Level 2
Animal Care and Management Level 3