Apprenticeships: A learner and employer perspective
It was great to catch up with apprentice, Nalani King, and her employer, George Martin, to discuss their views on apprenticeships
Nalani is currently completing her level 3 senior equine groom apprenticeship at Babington Dressage, a small family-owned dressage yard who provide support and a friendly environment for both horse and riders to achieve their goals.
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Nalani says, “I’ve always been interested in horses, and I currently compete myself. I decided an apprenticeship route would be better for me as I enjoy the technical side and I wanted to build a foundation of practical skills in the workplace.
Completing my apprenticeship at Babington Dressage allows me to gain real life experience and knowledge in the industry. I’m particularly interested in the grooming side, so it’s great that I have been given the opportunity to attend shows and prepare the horses for events. Ensuring the horses are competition ready is really rewarding.
My employer has been really supportive. We have regular check ins, and he ensures my work is up to date. Creating checklists has helped keep me on track when focusing on specific tasks.
I have regular visits with my Trainer Coach, Jess Coltman, who observes me while I’m working. She provides evidence for my portfolio, and we discuss topics such as horseshoes, feeding regimes, saddlery and equipment.
In the future I would love to run a competition livery yard. I enjoy riding and training horses for other people and my apprenticeship has taught me how to successfully put my training into practice.”
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George adds, “Providing an opportunity for people to gain experience working in the equine industry is really rewarding. An apprentice learns how to properly look after horses, and we train them to the way our yard works. It’s a great alternative for someone who isn’t keen to continue in a school environment.
To become and apprentice, having confidence around horses is a bonus, but someone who is keen to learn and get involved in all tasks is more important. It’s great to see them grow in confidence and develop both personally and professionally.
Apprenticeships secure the future of the equine industry. Haddon Training have been very efficient and supportive for both myself and Lani, and I would highly recommend them as a training provider
Nalani is a great apprentice. We ensure she’s involved in everything that happens on the yard, including physio, vet and farrier visits. Since starting her apprenticeship, she has improved as a groom and is fully competent getting both the horse and lorry ready for competitions. I know she will have a bright future in the equestrian world.”
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