The Hunting Office Apprenticeship Scheme, run in conjunction with Haddon Training, and supported by the Hunt Servants' Fund, aims to recruit and train young people wishing to pursue a career in hunting. The National Diploma in Animal Care is a Level 2 Apprenticeship and a recognised national qualification. Participating hunts can offer a practical, structured and supportive framework for apprentices to gain the appropriate transferrable skills and knowledge within the hunting industry.
The apprenticeships are a work-based diploma focussing on vocational skills working to nationally recognised standards of training and to a structured syllabus of learning. Candidates also have the opportunity to improve literacy and numerical skills (dependant on previous GCSE grades) within the apprenticeship through ‘Functional Skills’ Qualifications. The apprentices are supported throughout the placement by an experienced assessor, who can work closely with both the hunt and the candidate, making placement visits throughout the year, to ensure the quality of training.
The Apprenticeship Scheme structure works around 12 modules, all of which are based on the Codes of Practise for Welfare of Hounds in Hunt Kennels. The training is practical and ongoing throughout the year as the candidates gain valuable knowledge and skills from within the hunting and kennels environment. The key areas include Hound care and welfare; Kennel routine and management; the Hunting day and Countryside Management.
Participating hunts should have the necessary support and appropriately capable and knowledgeable staff in place to train the individuals on the bursary scheme. Should any hunts wish to consider taking on an apprentice and feel they have the required set up and ability to provide the necessary standard of training and support, please contact The Hunting Office or Haddon Training directly.
Applications to join the apprenticeship scheme are open to anyone between the ages of 17 and 23, who wishes to begin a career in hunting. Please contact The Hunting Office should you wish to be considered for a Apprenticeship placement.