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Apprenticeship scheme

 British Dressage has developed partnerships with two Training providers to give BD members access to some dressage specific qualifications.

Haddon Training offer work based apprenticeships at level 2 and 3, which aim to give a good grounding in the practical skills and knowledge needed to work in the equine industry.
Hartpury College are launching a new dressage apprenticeship aimed at aspiring international dressage riders, which can be paired with some other qualifications (i.e. A levels).
Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence
The Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE) has been hugely successful in developing and preparing talented young athletes (age 16-19) who have a real chance of excelling in their sport; by competing on the international stage.
From September 2013, Hartpury Equine and BD will be offering select talented riders the chance to progress their skills whilst learning how to manage all aspects of life in a professional sport, as well as the chance to continue their education.
What is AASE?
The Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE) programme is designed to meet the needs of young people, aged between 16 and 18 who have the potential to achieve excellence in their sport while pursuing an education at the same time
Who is eligible?
Riders must have 5 GCSE grades at C or above. This is a minimum requirement to be considered for selection. You will also have to meet specific criteria set by British Dressage and theses are: -
Riders should be competing consistently at Medium level and above and achieving 65% or more. (Applicants should have a minimum of four results at the level required in the 12 months prior to application).
Riders will also be considered on younger horses (up to 7 years of age) who demonstrate the potential to compete successfully at International level and are already competing consistently at Elementary or above and achieving 70% or more.  Please note freestyle scores do not count towards minimum criteria.
Riders must have a current classification and should be consistently and currently scoring 62% in their relevant grade at BD Para Dressage Competitions.  Please note freestyle scores cannot be counted.
What do you gain from it?
By doing the Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence you will give yourself the best chance to succeed in your chosen discipline. Eight different units looking at all aspects of professionalism in equine sport will help to prepare you for your future career: Four will focus on the technical, tactical, physical and mental aspects of your discipline. The other will teach you lifestyle management, how to effectively plan your career, bolster your communication skills and educate you in the best health and safety practices.
The Hartpury programme offers a high quality training environment, access to modern, well-equipped facilities and the benefits of conditioning experts, physiotherapists, nutritionists and mentors.
Hartpury coaches – who have a vast amount of competitive experience at the highest level – will encourage, nurture and support you through your elite development through the perfect scheme for aspiring riders.
Course Delivery
Those who are selected for the programme will have the opportunity to discuss flexible education options. Depending on your circumstances the course can be delivered through different routes – some taught entirely at Hartpury and others which can be done from the comfort of your home environment.
To find out more
Details on the scheme including different ways of taking the course, what you can expect on a day-today basis and for more information about Hartpury College, please visit the Hartpury College website and search ‘Hartpury Equine AASE’. For eligibility or other queries please  contact Jo Brown, Education and Development Manager at British Dressage, via email or call 0247 708 7809.

Work Based Apprenticeships
British Dressage has also formed a partnership with Haddon Training which will make it possible to offer formal work-based Apprenticeships in the dressage industry.

The scheme aims to support employers in building a tailored workforce with the appropriate skills and knowledge. It is also designed to help young people acquire a nationally recognised qualification whilst gaining the practical experience necessary to succeed in dressage today.

Haddon Training, in partnership with BD, will offer formal, government funded Apprenticeships at Level 2 and Advanced Apprenticeships at Level 3 for 16-24 year olds. In addition, there is the opportunity to improve skills for life including essential numeracy and literacy, if required.

“We feel that these vocational qualifications are a very valuable option for young dressage riders and grooms who want to focus on building their practical skills while they work for some of the outstanding riders and trainers within the dressage industry. We are also very keen to support employers as they develop the skills they need within their workforce for the success of their own businesses,” said David Hunt, Director of Training at BD.

“Haddon Training has a very strong record within the training and vocational qualification sector and we are looking forward to working with them to support the next generation of dressage professionals.”

Haddon Training is a leading training provider specialising in the equine industry and they already work with many prestigious establishments in the dressage community as well as in other disciplines. The company has been helping young people with Apprenticeships and training for many years and in 2011 they achieved an ‘Outstanding’ rating from Ofsted on the basis of quality provision, great support and success rates.

Chris Hewlett, Managing Director of Haddon Training commented; ‘Being born out of the equine industry means we fully understand the specific need to deliver a portfolio of relevant qualifications in the work place. We are excited to be working alongside British Dressage and will be keen to work closely with employers in our mission to support the next generation and offer British Dressage members the opportunity to develop recognised skills. We are a friendly, professional team, passionate about quality and outstanding expertise to develop learners to be the best they can be.’

Please contact Chloe French at British Dressage via email or call 02477 087801 for further information.

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