Learning to support and guide others


A learning mentor supports the development of their learners’ knowledge, skills and behaviours, particularly in applying theoretical learning in practical work environments (and usually on a one-to-one, or small group, basis). They give practical, technical and/or pastoral support and guidance.

To embark on this apprenticeship in the equine industry you will need some experience of working in this field in order to guide and advise those who are less experienced and new to a work role.

This is a great next step in your career, designed to develop and grow your mentoring skills, whilst motivating, guiding and inspiring others.

No matter what accomplishments you achieve, somebody helped you.

– Althea Gibson –

  • The role of a learning mentor

    The role is focused on developing mentor skills and knowledge in the workplace and covers

    • Advising, guiding and supervising learners
    • Communicating and collaborating effectively; using effective questioning, listening and assertiveness skills
    • Liaising with assessors, coaches and/or teachers to facilitate formative and summative assessment of learners’ skills and knowledge
    • Identifying and referring issues relevant to learners’ progress and well-being, to education-providers and/or workplace colleagues
    • Maintaining appropriate records for the learning programme, complying with quality, confidentiality and data protection requirements
    • Being vigilant in safeguarding learners and others in contact with them
    • Learning the procedures, legal requirements and moral obligations for effective mentoring.
  • Entry Requirements

    To apply for this apprenticeship and undertake it in the equine industry you will;

    • Need to be of school leaver age.
    • Have proven experience of working in the equine industry.
    • Value equality, diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
    • Be motivated and have a strong desire to motivate others.

    If you are still in full-time education; school, college, university, on another apprenticeship, or just unsure of your suitability just contact our friendly team to discuss.

  • Maths and English

    Maths and English will be included in the delivery of the programme; unless you have achieved Grade A-C or 4-9 at GCSE level, or a Level 2 Functional Skills qualification.

    For the Level 3 Learning Mentor Apprenticeship, all apprentices need to achieve level 2 English and maths prior to completion of their Apprenticeship, unless they hold an equivalent qualification already.

    Teaching and support for maths and English will be given in the workplace and contextualised to the working environment.

  • Teaching, learning and assessment

    Throughout the apprenticeship journey, every learner will learn the core apprenticeship components, taking part in monthly sessions with their Trainer-Coach, accessing different learning systems and spending time learning new skills, knowledge and behaviours whilst at work.  The apprenticeship is then assessed by a final end point assessment (EPA).

    Every four months the apprentice will sit practice tests and assessments in preparation for their EPA.  Once they are ready they will sit a knowledge test, be observed at work and take part in a professional discussion. These are all designed to prove competence in the workplace and each of our learners is fully supported in their preparation for this.

    All our Trainer-Coaches are experts in the equine industry and will be on hand to support apprentices throughout their apprenticeship.  They will check knowledge and understanding through a variety of methods including written assignments, workbooks, tailored resources, and observations before agreeing for a learner to sit their final endpoint assessment.

  • What are the next steps in a career?

    The equine industry is vast. There will be scope to move up the ladder, or across the disciplines, and Haddon Training can support each individual apprentice’s goals. We have a variety of progression routes available for our apprentices and each assigned Trainer-Coach will be there to help their apprentice decide on the next step that is right for them.


If you have the motivation to help others develop in the workplace, apply today or view our current vacancies here