British Dressage Apprenticeships FAQ

We have put together a list of frequently asked questions on how you can get involved in the BD Apprenticeship programme, covering eligibility, roles available and benefits.

How do I know an apprenticeship is the right choice?

Whether you're trying to decide if A-levels/university is for you, are considering a career change, or are looking to upskill your employees, take a look at the Sport Structures website to find out more about the benefits of apprenticeships.

What if I'm already in employment?

The programme is open to both new and current employees. Whether you are already employed or are looking to start your career, there are many benefits to starting an apprenticeship.

Do I have to own a horse or ride to take part in a BD apprenticeship?

No! Our apprenticeships are carefully designed with Sport Structures to be inclusive. We want to highlight that BD apprenticeships are for everyone, from beginners with basic horse knowledge to fully seasoned competing members. To succeed with an apprenticeship you must have passion and a willingness to learn!

Is riding part of your course?

You can select either ride or non ride option.

How do I know which equestrian route I want to take?

We advise you to take a look at the exciting course content to familiarise yourself with what each programme has to offer and to understand if it's the best option for you.

If you still have access to a careers advisor through your school, sixth-form or college, try booking a careers appointment to discuss your options in more detail to create a plan of action for your next steps.

How do I know if I'm eligible to apply?

  • All applicants must be over the age of 16
  • Have proof of UK residency
  • Have a GCSE/Functional skills in English and Maths
  • If you reside in other areas of the UK you can still take advantage of the British Dressage Apprenticeship Scheme.

Unsure if you're eligible? Get in touch with Clare to discuss your options!

How long do they take?

Apprenticeships are a great way to learn at your own pace. With the flexibility and nature of the qualification there is no hard deadline to complete it by. Below is a general timetable of the length of time taken to complete each type of apprenticeship.

  • Level 2: minimum of 12-18 months
  • Level 3: up to 24 months
  • Level 4-5: 1-4+ years

How will I be assessed?

  • Knowledge test assessments
  • Oral assessments
  • Presentations
  • Workplace observations
  • Practical tasks
  • Knowledge and understanding task 

What additional benefits will I gain from completing an apprenticeship with British Dressage?

Alongside the qualification, work experience and appropriate remuneration, all equestrian specific apprenticeships will include the BD Youth Horse Care (both online and practical) and for business focused apprentices added value BD activities focusing on equestrian businesses can be undertaken. Added value sessions include opportunities to indulge in exclusive seminars with industry professionals and learn about behind the scenes running of National competitions. In addition to front row seats to National Conventions, with behind the scenes access to mentors and event managers to gain insight from an equestrian business position.

Opportunities to visit home CDI competitions will provide apprentices with a comprehensive understanding of International shows and how these compare to National shows. Those on business apprenticeship routes will also receive hands on experience from BD HQ staff and our programme workforce with specialisms in course relevant business topics.

The course is bespoke to you. You can personalise it as much or as little as you wish within the realm of what BD has to offer. This is a highly unique opportunity to study with BD and we will support you throughout this journey where ever we can and provide access to resources you can't find anywhere else!

How do I register my interest?

Register your interest here to keep up-to-date with BD apprenticeships.