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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 offers 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 offers a dressage apprenticeship aimed at aspiring international dressage riders, which can be paired with some other qualifications (i.e. A levels).

Diploma in Sporting Excellence 2019-2021

In partnership with British Dressage, Eventing and Showjumping, Hartpury College run the DiSE programme which provides riders with opportunities to improve sporting performance through a variety of training camps and home visits.

Hartpury offers riders a high-quality training environment, access to modern, well-equipped facilities and technical professionals who cover areas such as physiotherapy, nutrition and conditioning. Selected coaches will work to encourage, support and nurture athletes through their elite development throughout this programme tailored specifically to aspiring riders.

Riders across all disciplines will complete shared core modules of the programme, as well as specialist training in their chosen discipline and home visits with their allocated mentor.

Completion of this programme will provide the learner with 64 UCAS points - highly valuable when looking into university applications.

There will be 5 central camps at Hartpury which all riders will be required to attend in the following months. These will be supplemented by regular home visits to the rider’s home training environment and group visits to the training yards of high-profile riders.

  • October 2019
  • February 2020
  • April 2020
  • October 2020
  • February 2021

This programme is for British Dressage members entering their first year of further education (Year 12) in September 2019 (with 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above) and who meet the criteria for dressage/para-dressage listed 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.

Applications close on 31 July 2019 – don’t miss out!

For more information on the programme, entry requirements and to apply click here.

How do I apply?
Please contact Thomas Staten, DiSE Manager at Hartpury College, via email to thomas.staten@hartpury.ac.uk and request an application form. 

To support the application form, the applicant will need to provide a three to five minute video presentation which outlines their reasons for wishing to be considered for the programme and demonstrating their riding skills.

Video Guidelines:
o Keep the video short, between 3-5 minutes
o State your name and discipline at the beginning of the video
o Have a clear beginning that introduces yourself
o Script and practise what you are going to say; this is an opportunity to impress the
interview panel
o Maintain eye contact with the camera and speak slowly and clearly
o Choose a ‘clean’ background with good lighting and do a sound check first

Video Content Guidelines:
o An overview of your experience to date in the equestrian industry
o What you consider to have been your highest personal achievement to date
o Short clip of you riding a dressage test showing walk, trot, and canter.
o What you hope to gain from the Programme

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.’

For further information on Haddon Training please visit Haddon Training.

 


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