An excellent way to start out in the equestrian industry, or further your career is to undertake an Apprenticeship.
It gives you the opportunity to earn whilst you learn.
Whilst undertaking your equestrian Apprenticeship you will be employed and there are strict guidelines that the employer must follow.
What do you gain?
It's a real job, with hands-on experience, a salary and the chance to train while you work.
You're treated just like all the other employees, with a contract of employment and holiday leave.
A work based Apprenticeship will:
Ensure you are properly trained to become a fully competent member of staff.
Provide you with the skills and knowledge to enable you to be consistent in your work.
Increase your confidence working with horses, in a team and in the workplace.
Allow you to work at the commercial speed equine employers expect.
Your training won’t cost you – it is all funded by contributions from the government and your employer, and you receive a regular salary too!
Apprenticeships are a great option whether you want to take your first step on the job ladder or supercharge your career.
What are the different Types of apprenticeshipS?
Are you at the start of your career?
Are you already in the industry and wish to progress and go further?
Perhaps you want to change career direction, or are returning to work after a break. No matter what the reason our BGA Partners, Haddon Training, offer a variety of equine apprenticeships to suit your current situation:
Firstly you have to find an employer who has an opportunity to have an Apprentice; after all it is is an employed position and thus they will only be able to take you on if they actually require an additional member of staff.
Employers often will advertise Apprentice positions either via a training provider or college. In these cases, the employer has already decided that they want to employ an Apprentice and will have signed up with the training provider or college.
Your equine apprenticeship will take a minimum of 12 months. It typically lasts 12 to 15 months, but can last up to 24 months.
The length of time taken will depend on experience and which apprenticeship it is.
My boss says I am an apprentice, but I am not sure?
You are only on an Apprenticeship if you are engaged with a training provider or college.
If your employer tells you that you are an 'apprentice', but you are not formally signed up, then you are not on an Apprenticeship and thus must be paid at least the National Minimum Wage for your age, and not the apprenticeship level.
Am I a member of staff when I'm on an apprenticeship?
Yes, you are a member of staff and you will have all of the entitlements of any other employees.
What is the apprenticeship wage?
There are different rates of pay for apprentices depending on your age and what year of your apprenticeship you’re in.
Your employment contract should confirm your rate of pay.
Click here to discover the latest amounts as they change on the 1st April annually.
It is critical that you are paid no less than the National Minimum Wage for ever hour that you work.
Can money be deducted from my wages for my training?
Do I have a contract of employment?
It is a legal requirement that the employer and apprentice hold a contract of employment (written statement of terms of employment) on the day they start work, as well as an apprenticeship agreement at the start of the apprenticeship.
Charge for my accommodation or horses livery
Deductions can be made for accommodation costs and this should be made clear in your contract. The employer cannot deduct more than the accommodation offset allowance if the Apprentice is on no more than the Apprentice National Minimum Wage.
Your employer should invoice you for your horse's livery cost, if it is being charged for, and this can then be deducted from your net pay once Tax and NI has been deducted. This should be clearly agreed between you and your employer in writing.
Am I entitled to sick pay?
You will be entitled to Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) provided you meet the qualifying criteria.
Your contract will state whether you are entitled to any additional sick pay from your employer.
Am I entitled to holiday pay?
Yes you are entitled to paid holidays, the amount will depend on the amount of hours you work and will be accrued in the normal way.
Are there a minimum number of hours I must work?
Your employment will normally be for a minimum 30 hours per week but may be more. In a small number of circumstances, where there is a recognised reason why the apprenticeship needs to be for fewer hours, working less hours than 30 per week will be allowed as long as it does not fall below a minimum of 16 hours.
When this occurs the actual length of the apprenticeship will then be extended in order that sufficient time is spent to gain the required experience and skills you will need to do the job.
Are there a maximum number of hours that I can be expected to work?
You can't work more than 48 hours a week on average - normally averaged over 17 weeks.
This law is called the 'working time directive' or 'working time regulations'. You can choose to work more by opting out of the 48-hour week.
If you're under 18, you can't work more than 8 hours a day or 40 hours a week.
Don't forget, you must be paid at least the National Minimum Wage for every hour that you work.
Can I say that I do not feel safe in my accommodation?
Yes, if you have concerns about your health and safety then you should raise this with your employer.
Your employer must also be aware that for learners 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), they need to 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 you begin to live on-site.
Learners that are under 18 or under 25 with an EHC plan should always have their own bedroom with door lock.
Haddon Training also provide a 24 hour safeguarding phone line for their Apprentices.
Should the majority of the work for my apprenticeship be carried out in working time?
Yes, your employer should allow you time for study and training.
The hours you work are governed by the Working Time Regulations 1998 as stated above.
If you require additional cover then please contact KBIS directly.
When you are working for other people you do most of the following; muck out, turn out/catch in, tack up, groom horses, exercise Horses (including hacking, jumping and schooling), in the care of your employer/client.
Predominantly ride horses for other people including schooling, exercising and competing.
Provide grooming services for someone else either full time or on a freelance basis i.e. an employer or a client.
Employ staff – have an employers liability policy in your name
Buy and sell horses
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