The Saddlery Training Centre aims to provide accessible training courses specially designed for small saddlery businesses.  All training is based on skills and techniques that will improve productivity.  The course content is based on traditional skills, however, modern materials and techniques are constantly evaluated, and training is delivered under realistic working conditions.  This ensures that the trainee can produce high quality products at a profitable rate.  The Modern Apprenticeship Scheme is suitable for those who are recently employed and starting to learn their trade.
The Scheme provides a balanced mixture of practical experience under the supervision of a skilled employer and intensive periods of residential training at The Saddlery Training Centre.  This ensures that the training programme is tailored to meet the needs of the apprentice and the employer.  Away from the distractions of the workplace this intensive method of instruction prepares trainees for the City & Guilds National Skills Assessment Scheme and minimises disruption to the business.

Who can apply?

The Modern Apprenticeship Scheme is primarily designed for apprentices up to the age of 30 who are employed in saddlery firms.
Applicants for this training will normally have been employed for approximately six months in order to ensure that they have sufficient aptitude and commitment.

How is the training delivered?

The training takes the form of one week modules spread over approximately three years.  Sessions are held at The Saddlery Training Centre in Salisbury.  The training is delivered in small groups with normally a maximum of six trainees.  Apprentices will be required to undertake some course work at their place of work in between modules.  This will normally be in prior agreement with the employer.

Course fees

Successful applicants from eligible firms will normally be funded for the tuition element and examination fees of the Modern Apprenticeship scheme.

Employers and their Apprentices will normally be responsible for travel costs to The Saddlery Training Centre Ltd and all materials used whilst attending training weeks.



There are two parts to the Modern Apprenticeship an Apprenticeship at Level 2 and an Advanced Apprenticeship (AMA). These are training programmes that have been designed specifically for young people who wish to achieve national recognition for their chosen vocational practical competency. 

The Apprenticeship at Level 2 will include:

Once the Apprenticeship at Level 2 has been achieved it is possible to develop knowledge and skills further by progressing to an Advanced Modern Apprenticeship, in this case.

The Advanced Apprenticeship will include:


What is a Technical Certificate?

A Technical Certificate is a nationally accredited qualification that provides the underpinning knowledge and understanding of the NVQ within the Modern Apprenticeship. In this case the City & Guilds Saddlery Skill Assessment Scheme at intermediate and Advanced Levels is the Technical certificate.


What are Key Skills and why do candidates have to do them?

Key Skills are skills that we use as part of our daily lives and candidates will need these to do their work, complete their training programme and live their life effectively!   GCSE results may determine what aspects and levels of the Key Skills they are required to complete.  Key Skills Assessor’s will be able to advise them.





Discuss a training problem with your employer;  show a new student round the workshop

Communicate with family or friends, talk to a shop assistant for something not in stock


Write up notes after a lecture, complete an entry form

Apply for a new job, fill in an application form for a driving licence

Application of Number
(simple maths)

Produce a cutting list for a bridle and head collar, work out how much leather you will need. Draw up a list of fittings and work out the cost of materials and fittings needed.

Keep track of your finances; work out if you can afford a holiday or how much interest you have to pay on a loan!


Modern Apprenticeship Syllabus

Apprenticeship at Level 2

Advanced Modern Apprenticeship

NVQ Level 2: Footwear and Leathergoods (assessed in a saddlery context)

NVQ Level 3:Footwear and Leathergoods (assessed in a saddlery context)

Technical Certificate: Either
City & Guilds Intermediate Saddle Making
City & Guilds Intermediate Bridle Making
City & Guilds Intermediate Harness Making

Technical Certificate: Either
City & Guilds Advanced Saddle Making
City & Guilds Advanced Bridle Making
City & Guilds Advanced Harness Making

Key Skills:    Communication level 1
                        Application of Number level 1

Key Skills:    Communication level 2
                        Application of Number level 2

Employment Responsibilities and Rights

Employment Responsibilities and Rights

Emergency First Aid

Emergency First Aid



Who will be responsible for delivering the training?

The main responsibility for a candidates training lies with the employer/trainer.  He/she will plan, in conjunction with The Saddlery Training Centre, the Individual Training Plan which will take into account any knowledge/experience candidates already have in both the Saddlery and Key Skills elements.  The training will consist of theoretical and practical sessions that will develop knowledge and practical skills to the required standard. Once accepted onto the scheme candidates will be expected to attend weekly training module’s at The Saddlery Training Centre approximately every two months. The course will last approximately 12 months for the Apprenticeship at Level 2 and 24 months for the AMA. 

Who will be responsible for assessing the work?

Mark Romain from The Saddlery Training Centre. Mark is occupationally competent and has received special training to gain Assessor status.  As the Assessor he will prepare candidates Action Plans, Assessment Plans and will arrange suitable times to assess candidates either at The Saddlery Training Centre or at their own workshop as they carry out their daily tasks; he will also mark projects and assess any evidence candidates have gathered in their portfolios.
An assessor from Haddon Training will provide the training and assessment necessary for the Key Skills.  He/she will be responsible for ensuring that candidates Key Skills evidence is gathered as a naturally occurring part of their work by setting related projects, marking them and supporting candidates in any way that is necessary for them to achieve the required standard.

 Who ensures that standards are maintained? 

An Internal Verifier (IV) visits candidates at least twice a year, this will normally happen during their training week. This will ensure that the Assessor is maintaining the quality of assessment required by the awarding body, the IV also verifies candidates portfolio’s on completion.  They will also be occupationally competent and have achieved Internal Verifier status.

Who else is involved?

External Verifiers (EV) are appointed by the Awarding Body (City & Guilds) and (ABC Awards) to ensure that all assessments undertaken with The Saddlery Training Centre are fair, valid, and consistent, and meet the national standard.  An EV may visit candidates at The Saddlery Training Centre to observe an assessment and to examine portfolio evidence.


How will progress be monitored?

At approximately 8 week intervals a Review will be carried out.  This will have input from the Candidate, Trainer, and Assessor and will include questions on: aspects of training covered; units/elements assessed; progress on portfolio; Health & Safety; EO Issues; personal effectiveness in areas such as reliability, time keeping, co-operation and general retention issues.



What are the candidate’s responsibilities?

First and foremost candidates should show:


When candidates join a Modern Apprenticeship programme they are required to sign a Modern Apprenticeship Learning Agreement.  This outlines the responsibilities of candidates and their employer’s and is considered a contractual agreement.  

A brief synopsis is as follows:

Candidates work for their employer and therefore must. 


They are also required to show COMMITMENT in both their work and training:





How to apply

Mark Romain,
The Saddlery Training Centre Ltd
3 H Stanley Court
Glenmore Business Park
Telford Road

Tel: 01722 - 341144


E-mail: info@saddlerytraining.com


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