We are dedicated to supporting our learners to aim high, be inspired and achieve their aspirations.

When your child has to take the next step in their education, we understand that you want to make sure it’s the best decision for them.

We have been delivering work-based vocational training to young people for more than twenty years and are driven by the ethos and values that have made Haddon Training what it is today; an award-winning, Ofsted Outstanding training provider.

Traineeships and apprenticeships are structured training programmes that give your child the opportunity to begin their career whilst still learning and developing.

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Our traineeship and apprenticeship programmes are designed to help our learners gain the skills and knowledge needed to succeed and excel in their chosen industry. Getting into employment allows them to develop their potential and progress in their career, with hands-on training helping grow their confidence in a work environment while still learning and earning a salary.  We want to enable all our learners to train to be fully competent in their chosen occupation, whilst making contacts and developing solid working relationships.

All our future courses are shaped by the thoughts and opinions of our incredible learners, if you’d like to read more about their thoughts simply click here.

Let us help develop your child’s potential so that they can begin the next part of their learning journey focused on their chosen career path and gaining real-life skills.


Below we have provided an overview of key areas related to starting a traineeship or apprenticeship with us, if you would like to understand more or have specific questions please contact our friendly team.

  • Entry Requirements

    Our traineeship programmes* provide an introduction into the world of work and little to no experience is required. The person must have a strong desire to learn though and will still need to study English and maths if they haven’t already achieved a level 2 in these areas (GCSE grade A*-C or grade 4 or above).

    *Our traineeships are currently only available in England and not currently in Wales.

    When looking to undertake an apprenticeship with us, the person applying should have some basic experience in the field that they are applying (this can be personal experience and doesn’t have to be knowledge of working in a business environment). This allows them to grow and expand their experiences whilst learning everything it takes to work in a business setting. They will also need to study English and maths if they haven’t already achieved a level 2 in these areas (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 the apprenticeship. Their digital skills will also be developed as part of our apprenticeship programmes.

  • Employment Rights

    We take pride in ensuring that all our learners are correctly looked after under employment legislation. If your child chooses to become an apprentice, they become an employee at their 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 your child would like us to help them to find an apprenticeship position they can apply online via our application form. Once received our dedicated team will be in touch with them via phone or email to discuss their application before advising on any suitable roles.

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

    They can apply before finishing school, but will need to get in touch with us directly around a month before they 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 they have finished school.

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

  • Safeguarding and Welfare

    Your child’s 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 07795 841932 or email safeguarding@haddontraining.co.uk

    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 your child begins 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, their employer, their Trainer Coach or our Safeguarding Officer.

  • Mental Health and Wellbeing

    The mental health and wellbeing of our learners is paramount, and we encourage them to always talk to you, their employer or Trainer Coach 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 people understand what triggers them 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 people to get drug free and stay that way.

    Gambling – If people have a problem with gambling and would like to stop, support and treatment is available.

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

  • Exclusive Benefits

    We have a number of exclusive benefits when your child is learning with us, please click here for more details.

  • Established Employers

    We work with some of the best employers in the business, read what some of them say about Haddon Training.

  • Valued Partners

    We’ve formed strong and valued partnerships in the equine and animal care industries that enable us to deliver an exceptional service to our learners and employers. Click here for more information.

  • 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