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Animal Care

Many people dream of working with animals but are unsure about what the opportunities are. Working in the animal care industry can encompass a whole range of opportunities, from working in a boarding kennels to managing an animal welfare centre. Working with animals sometimes involves working long hours with low pay and can be physically demanding. However the work can be incredibly rewarding and job satisfaction is high.

An apprenticeship is a great way to launch your career in Animal Care.

We offer apprenticeships and vocational qualifications in Animal Care from Entry Level to Level 3. Our highly qualified assessors work with employers of all types including zoos; inner city farms; kennels and catteries; pet shops; dog groomers and more......

animal care Apprenticeships: the basics

The Apprenticeship Framework

The whole qualification Framework  includes a Work-based Diploma; a Technical Certificate (knowledge), ERR (Employment Rights & Responsibilities), PLTS (Personal Learning and Thinking Skills) and Functional Skills in Maths and English (unless you have achieved GCSE Maths and English at Grade C or above in the past 5 years).

What are Functional Skills?

There are two Functional Skills qualifications, English and Maths.

In English you will cover:

  • Speaking and Listening
  • Reading
  • Writing

In Maths you will cover:

  • Use of number
  • Measure, shape and space
  • Handling Data.

These qualifications are test-based. You will be supported by your assessor during your programme in preparation for the tests.

Am I eligible?

You must be aged 16 and over (Adult Apprenticeships are possible)

  • Intermediate Apprenticeship: you do not need any formal qualifications but you must be enthusiastic and commited.
  • Advanced Apprenticeship: You will need to have gained appropriate animal care experience within the particular area you wish to study (e.g. zoo, dog grooming). You must also have the potential to achieve the Standard required in Functional Skills and vocational competence.

How long will it last?

  • Intermediate Apprenticeship (Level 2): 12 to 15 months
  • Advanced Apprenticeship (Level 3): 12 to 20 months

iNTERMEDIATE APPRENticeship (level 2) 

This level is ideal if you have some knowledge and you want to prove your competence in your role. You may also be looking for a qualification to prepare you for progression to Level 3 qualifications.

  At this level, there are five pathways you can choose from:
  • Animal Care and Welfare
  • Zoos/Wildlife Establishments
  • Dog Grooming
  • Pet Care and Retail
  • Animal Training.

To earn this qualification, you must complete a range of mandatory and optional units. The exact selection of optional units you can choose from depends on your pathway. Examples of units may include:

  • Contribute to the evaluation and implementation of basic animal training programmes
  • Control and restrain animals
  • Maintain the cleanliness and bio security of the animal care working environment
  • Provide opportunities for animals to have freedom to exercise
  • Prepare and groom animals
  • Prepare feed for animals.

For a full list of Units, click this link.  

advanced apprenticeship (level 3)

This level is ideal if you've worked in animal care for some time. You have plenty of experience, and you want to show that you have the skills you need to do your job well. This may be part of your professional development, or preparation for higher-level training.

At this level, we offer the following pathways: 

  • Animal Care and Welfare
  • Zoos/Wildlife Establishments
  • Dog Grooming
  • Pet Care and Retail
  • Animal Training.
To earn this qualification, you must complete a range of mandatory and optional units. The exact selection of optional units you can choose from depends on your pathway. Examples of units may include:
  • Manage the care of young animals
  • Manage the work of volunteers
  • Carrying out styling and finishing of dogs
  • Co-ordinate the care of animals that have strayed been abused, harmed or abandoned
  • Plan, supervise and control the movement of animals
  • Promote, monitor and maintain health, safety and security of the workplace.

For a full list of Units, click this link.  

 

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HADDON TRAINING INTERVIEW ANIMAL CARE APPRENTICE HOLLI BUXTON 

Holli is an Advanced Apprentice at Noahs Ark Zoo Farm, near Bristol.

Holli is studying Animal Care and is thoroughly enjoying her apprenticeship. Holli enjoys working with the Bird of Prey and has done displays with the birds in front of crowds of people at Noahs Ark.

 

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