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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).
British Dressage Award in Sporting Excellence (formerly AASE) 2017-19

In partnership with Hartpury College, ASE provides riders with opportunities to improve performance via a blended learning programme consisting of central ‘camps’ at Hartpury College and ‘home visits’ from the rider’s assigned mentor/assessor. The Equine AASE programme will become the Award in Sporting Excellence in line with the changing nature of government apprenticeship standards and funding.

The programme offers a high quality training environment, access to modern, well-equipped facilities and the benefits of conditioning experts, physiotherapists, nutritionists and mentors. Our talented 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.

“Hartpury provides the ideal training environment for people to start their career in the industry. I’m proud to be part of the College and working with the next generation of riders.” Carl Hester | Hartpury Elite Dressage Coach | Olympic Gold Medallist

What is the Award in Sporting Excellence?

A Level 3 qualification based around NVQs (National Vocational Qualification) in Achieving Excellence in Sports Performance and Understanding Sports Performance. The qualification is designed for riders who have the realistic potential to achieve excellence and are seeking to perform at the highest level. It covers all aspects of training and sports performance support to enable riders to push themselves to the next level.

The award is notionally a 2-year programme for riders aged 16-18 on the 1st September 2017. They can, but do not have to, be studying other academic qualifications at a school or college. As a Level 3 qualification, the Award attracts 40 UCAS Tariff points upon successful completion, this the equivalent of a ‘B’ grade at A Level.

Award in Sporting Excellence Programme Information

The programme reflects the broad range of skills, knowledge and performance required by elite level sports people. It measures the rider’s ability to plan, apply and evaluate their development in the technical, tactical, physical and psychological aspects of their sport. It also addresses wider issues such as nutrition, lifestyle, career development, communication, and health and safety.

Additionally, riders will consider four equine-specific units: horse training programmes, horse nutrition, horse health and wellbeing, and competition performance.

The programme consists of four central camps at Hartpury which must be attended:
October 2017 (23 -25)
February 2018 (12 & 13)
April 2018 (4 & 5)
October 2018 (25 & 26)

 

Course Prerequisites

Riders must have 5 GCSE grades at C or above. This is a minimum requirement to be considered for selection. You must also be resident in England and meet the sporting requirements below:

Dressage
• 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.

Para-Equestrian Dressage
• 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.

How do I apply?

Please contact thomas.staten@hartpury.ac.uk (AASE Manager at Hartpury College) and request an application form. The closing date for applications is September 15.

For queries please contact Charlotte Osborne or for further information please visit the Hartpury College website
 

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 Paul Hayler, 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 Kelsey Smith at British Dressage via email or call 02477 087801 for further information.

For further information on Haddon Training visit www.haddontraining.co.uk

 


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