Whatever your experience we have a course to help you start your career within the equine industry.

Traineeships provide school leavers and young people with little or no experience in a working environment to get training and experience, including:

  • learning in the workplace, focused on your area of interest, to help prepare you for an apprenticeship or job
  • recognition of your learning with a formal traineeship qualification
  • CV writing alongside learning what to expect in the workplace
  • support to improve your English and maths if you need it

You’ll be working in a high-quality work placement with at least 70 hours of experience (spread out over 6-16 weeks dependant on your prior experience) and receive training from an experienced Trainer-Coach and various professionals based at your chosen yard.  You won’t be employed, or receive a wage, but you will gain the skills needed to begin your career and develop your confidence in the workplace.

We can also tailor your traineeship to be discipline-specific in line with your future goals if this is desired; we work with many renowned dressage, showjumping and eventing employers.

  • Is a traineeship for you?

    To take a Haddon Training equine traineeship you should:

    • be 16-18 years old* or up to 24 years old with an EHC plan

    *if you have recently turned 19, please still get in touch and we may be able to help

    • have little to no work experience, but be motivated to work
    • have a sincere interest in learning to work with horses
    • be eligible and allowed to work in England


    If you don’t fit the above criteria or you are unsure, you can still contact us so that we can talk you through this in more detail. It might even mean that you are ready to undertake an Apprenticeship with us and be employed whilst you learn.

  • Why choose Haddon Training?

    With a Haddon Training equine traineeship you will learn:

    • the basic foundations of horse care with hands-on experience
    • how to handle horses on a commercial yard
    • English and maths functional skills if needed
    • general digital skills
    • employability and interview techniques
  • What happens when you complete?

    On completion of your traineeship you will get:

    • an interview for an apprenticeship or job, if one is available at your chosen yard or an exit interview with written feedback
    • support from Haddon Training to find an apprenticeship or job at another location where one is available
    • a reference and qualification to add to your CV

    You’ll also have increased your confidence in having developed your personal and professional skills working with horses, in a team and in a workplace.

  • Already have experience?

    Perhaps an apprenticeship is right for you!



Does this sound like it could be for you?
Give our friendly team a call today or drop us an email to get your future started.