Jamie commented, “Horses have always been my passion and I’ve always wanted a career in horses. In 2020, my parents encouraged me to follow my dreams, so I relocated to the UK from South Africa to begin my equine career.
I enjoyed the whole experience of the apprenticeship, from meeting new people, learning and growing while working. I’ve gained new skills in horse care and yard management which is really useful, and my communication and organisational skills have also improved. I was really pleased to achieve my maths level 2 functional skill whilst completing my apprenticeship, and I felt my English reading and writing skills also improved.
My employer, Tina, is inspirational and gave me so many opportunities throughout my apprenticeship. I’ve been able to ride in many clinics with herself and other amazing instructors, and she has given me all round support. The whole team at Contessa are like family.
Frankie Roberts, my Trainer Coach, was absolutely amazing. She is so knowledgeable and a brilliant tutor. I can’t thank her enough for all the support, helping me believe in myself and develop my skills to achieve fantastic results.
My apprenticeship helped me gain the knowledge and skills to be able to start my own yard in the future, which has always been my dream, and I also hope to start a teaching qualification to further my education. Before starting my apprenticeship, this would never have been possible. I’m so grateful to both Tina and the team at Haddon Training to getting me to where I am.”
Tina added, “Apprenticeships are a fantastic scheme for encouraging people into the equine industry. We benefit from building up our core team and the apprentice benefits from continual on-the-job training and earning a wage.
Apprentices receive practical training in real life situations. They also learn and develop key experiences including time-management, dealing with customers, and working with different types of horses, which I believe helps them become more employable in the future as they progress in the industry.
Training is delivered during their working hours and additional training, such as visits from the vet, farrier or dentist is included as off-the-job-training (training completed during working hours to develop the skills of the apprentice further than just their daily tasks). We encourage our apprentices to get involved in all aspects of the yard, including business management, horse welfare, and stable management.
I enjoy helping apprentices like Jamie become essential team members. Jamie has worked incredibly hard, and we are delighted with her achievement. I know that everything she has learnt on her apprenticeship will benefit her future career in the equine industry.”