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Equine Traineeships An equine Traineeship groom

Do you know someone who has little or no experience working with horses?

Traineeships are a part of a Government initiative to help school leavers and young people with little or no experience get their foot in the door and start developing the right skills.


What is a Traineeship?

A traineeship is a skills development programme that includes a high-quality work placement of at least 70 hours. 

It can last from 6 weeks up to 5 months. 

A traineeship is a training programme and isn’t a job. Employers are not required to pay trainees for the work placement, but they can support with expenses such as transport and meals.

The trainee must receive training from professionals and learn the basic foundations of horse care. They’ll will be taught how to handle horses on a commercial yard as well as other key skills. 

Alongside the practical experience, they will also be on the path to achieve an equine qualification to develop their CV and make themselves more attractive to employers.

  • They will complete a work placement as well as work preparation which will be delivered by a Trainer-Coach.
  • They will receive Maths and English tutoring (if they need it).
  • Secure an interview for an apprenticeship and a reference to put on their CV upon successful completion.
  • The Trainer-Coach will also work with them to ensure a positive outcome when they finish the programme; be it progressing onto an apprenticeship, moving onto further education or gaining employment.


What is the eligibility?

To be eligible they must: 

  • Be 16-24 years old, or 25 with an EHC plan
  • Be qualified below or at level 3 (not above)
  • Have little or no work experience but are motivated to work
  • Be eligible to work in England
  • Have a passion for horses 

If they don’t fit the above criteria you can contact Haddon Training who can talk through this in more detail.

It might even mean that the individual is  ready to do an Apprenticeship and be employed. 


FINDING AN Traineeship position

Employers are often keen to take on trainees because it allows them to see how a learner can handle general duties on with their yard before considering them for an Apprenticeship.

Haddon Training to get someone signed up to a Traineeship. 




How long does a Traineeship take?

This will vary based on experience but will vary from 6 - 20 weeks. 

Rules of traineeships

An individual is only on a Traineeship if they are engaged with a training provider or college.

If you tell someone that they are a 'trainee', but they are not formally signed up, then they are not on a Traineeship and thus must be paid at least the National Minimum Wage for their age for every hour they work. 

Is a Trainee paid?

An individual is not paid when they are on a Traineeship.  You might give them expenses and/or lunch.  

They may also be eligible for financial support including:

  • travel and meal costs
  • childcare costs
  • disability support
  • from their Jobcentre if they are receiving welfare benefits

ARE they an employee?

No; a traineeship is a formal training programme and isn’t an employed job.

Do they have a contract of employment?

No. But you and they must be registered with a training provider. 

Are there a maximum number of hours that can be expected to work?

The Training Provider will work with you and the trainee to formalise a plan of working hours that will be monitored and recorded each week as they progress on the programme. 

The hours for the traineeship will be no more than 35 hours per week.

Charge for accommodation or horses livery

You can charge a trainee for accommodation costs and this should be made clear in writing prior starting them starting the Traineeship. 

Your should invoice you this and for a horse's livery cost if they take it with.This should clearly agreed between you and your trainee in writing.




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