Employing a Equine Apprentice

Helping you to train and retain your staff

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

Along with Further Education accolades, Haddon Training is the preferred training provider for British Showjumping, British Dressage, British Eventing, The Showing Council and the British Racehorse Authority. Through this accreditation we deliver apprenticeships in some of the top competition yards in the country.

The New World of Apprenticeships

The new equine Apprenticeship Standards have been created by employers, for employers. They’re designed for the specific job roles of Groom (Level 2) and Senior Groom (Level 3). Employers created the new standards to outline exactly what they want their staff to be knowledgeable, skillful and competent in. They’ve been the driving force behind developing the new standards and we will continue to deliver the qualification to excel these standards.

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 as an employer 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. The employer or a senior staff member will be responsible for contributing to the training the apprentice in the required knowledge.

    Health & Safety

    All Employers are required to comply with certain regulatory and quality standards. When starting an apprentice with us, we provide a checklist that identifies the mandatory and advisory standards that Employers are required to meet.
    It is the Employer’s responsibility to comply with all legal and regulatory standards when employing an apprentice/ staff.

    Haddon Training will take reasonable steps to satisfy ourselves that the Employer is doing this, and that the Apprentice/Trainee is working in a safe and healthy environment. Additionally for further information, advice and guidance please also refer to the following websites: www.apprenticeships.org.uk or www.hse.gov.uk.


    Safeguarding & Welfare: Learners Living On Site

    Where an Employer offers the provision of accommodation for ‘Young People’ working as Apprentices/Trainees, there is a need to be aware of the raft of legislation that covers Employment, Safeguarding and Accommodation. Haddon Training needs to make it’s Employers aware of the following.

    Employers need to make sure they know about their legal responsibilities and how to comply with them, and to ensure they are doing so. This guidance is not a substitute for legal advice, which should be sought on this issue; (BHS members have free telephone access to a Business Support Helpline).

    Where there are charges for accommodation the following link provides useful advice and guidance on the legislation: https://www.gov.uk/national-minimum-wage-accommodation/rates.

    Please click HERE for our Tenancy Agreement Information fact sheet.

  • 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 £3.70 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 horses but they often fall down at the first hurdle as they aren’t fit to work on a yard. 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 yard.

    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 horses.
    • You’ll produce fit for purpose staff who understand your business demands.
    • The historic unpaid ‘working pupil status benefits in kind’ is not a recognised status of legal employment. Employment remuneration must follow the minimum legal guidelines of hourly payment to avoid repercussions by the HMRC. Seek professional advice to avoid inspections and large penalties.


View our Equine Qualifications

Follow the links below

Groom Level 2
Senior Groom Level 3