Animal Care Apprenticeships

Below is an overview of the Animal Care Apprenticeship, outlining the qualifications you will achieve and the units and vocational areas you will cover throughout your training as well as other important information such as course duration and funding.

Apprenticeship

Qualifications
  • Apprenticeship in Animal Care
  • Level 2 Diploma in either Animal Care and Welfare or Pet Care and Retail (depending on your job role)
  • Functional Skills Level 1 Application of Number
  • Functional Skills Level 1 Communication
  • One day Appointed Person First Aid
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities
Units covered Mandatory units include:

  • Maintain and develop personal performance
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with others
  • Promote and maintain the health and well-being of animals
  • Deliver basic treatments to animals
  • Select and prepare accommodation for animals
  • Maintain animal accommodation
  • Control and restrain animals
  • Moving animals between locations
  • Make sure your own actions reduce risks to health and safety

Plus either:

  • Maintain the cleanliness and bio security for animals

Or:

  • Prepare feed for animals
  • Provide feed and water to animals

A variety of optional units are available depending on your job role and Level 2 Diploma.

Entry requirements Employed in a related job role for at least 30 hours/week
Who is it for? Suitable for these types of job role:

  • Kennel worker: racing, boarding, breeding (involved in feeding and exercising)
  • Pet shop assistant/retail assistant
  • Kennel/Cattery (Boarding, charity)
  • Animal technician
Cost
Aged 16-18

Fully funded.

16–19 year olds are fully funded at charitable organisations on a voluntary basis working at least 30 hours/week.

Aged 19-23

Fully funded for employers with less than 1000 employees. For employers with 1000+ employees, please contact us for further details.

Aged 24 and over

Total People require employers to make a contribution towards the cost for all learners aged 24 years and over, embarking on an Apprenticeship or Advanced Apprenticeship programme. For more information please contact us on 01606 734000 or email info@totalpeople.co.uk

Duration 18 -24 months
Start date Available throughout the year
Assessment method
  • Direct observations
  • Projects/photographic evidence
  • Videos
  • Dictaphones
  • Case studies

Training delivery will be carried out at your place of work

Personal qualities This is a very rewarding career and no two days are the same. In return for all your hard work and commitment, the animals will repay you with loyalty, trust and affection.

  • Passion for animals
  • Ambition to learn
  • Recognition of knowledge and skills
Further progression The Animal Care Apprenticeship can lead to a variety of career and promotional opportunities including:

  • Animal Care level 3 (dependant on job role)
  • Customer service
  • Retail

Advanced Apprenticeship

Qualifications
  • Advanced Apprenticeship in Animal Care
  • Level 3 Diploma in either Animal Care and Welfare or Pet Care and Retail (depending on your job role)
  • Functional Skills Level 2 Application of Number
  • Functional Skills Level 2 Communication
  • One day Appointed Person First Aid
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities
Units covered Mandatory units include:

  • Implement, monitor and evaluate plans for the health and welfare of animals
  • Promote, monitor and maintain health, safety and security in the workplace
  • Plan the handling and restraint of animals
  • Plan, supervise and control the movement of animals
  • Plan the accommodation of animals
  • Monitor and evaluate the accommodation of animals

Plus either:

  • Plan diets and feeding regimes for animals
  • Monitor and evaluate the feeding of animals

Or:

  • Load and unload animals for transport
  • Establish animals in the new environment

A variety of optional units are available depending on your job role and Level 3 Diploma.

Entry requirements Employed in a related job role for at least 30 hours/week
Who is it for? Suitable for these types of job role:

  • Animal welfare supervisor
  • Inspector (RSPCA, Blue Cross)
Cost
Aged 16-18

Fully funded

Aged 19-23

Fully funded for employers with less than 1000 employees. For employers with 1000+ employees, please contact us for further details.

Aged 24 and over

Total People require employers to make a contribution towards the cost for all learners aged 24 years and over, embarking on an Apprenticeship or Advanced Apprenticeship programme. For more information please contact us on 01606 734000 or email info@totalpeople.co.uk

16–19 year olds are fully funded at charitable organisations on a voluntary basis working at least 30 hours/week.

Duration 18 -24 months
Start date Available throughout the year
Assessment method
  • Direct observations
  • Projects/photographic evidence
  • Videos
  • Dictaphones
  • Case studies

Training delivery will be carried out at your place of work

Personal qualities This is a very rewarding career and no two days are the same. In return for all your hard work and commitment, the animals will repay you with loyalty, trust and affection.

  • Passion for animals
  • Ambition to learn
  • Recognition of knowledge and skills
Further progression The Animal Care Apprenticeship can lead to a variety of career and promotional opportunities including management positions within the industry. It can also lead onto qualifications in the following:

  • Customer Service
  • Retail
  • Managment

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Employers, interested in starting your staff on an Apprenticeship?

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