What will I learn?
An Animal Care and Welfare Assistant requires a combination of skills; clean and maintain animal accommodation /enclosures/environment and equipment, monitor, record and report the health and welfare of animals, observe and be aware of the behaviour of animals, approach/handle/restrain/move/recapture animals as part of routine husbandry, exercise and socialise animals and provide appropriate enrichment and provide appropriate care, food and water to animals.
Individuals will need to achieve the core skills and knowledge, behaviours and one unit option from the following list:
- Animal Interaction and Handling
- Movement and Transportation
- Operational/Reception Duties
- Working Dog Handler
As part of the apprenticeship programme you will be required to undertake both on and off-the-job training. While your employer will be responsible for your training on-the-job (workplace), the College and your employer will be jointly responsible for your off-the-job training enabling you to help develop the right knowledge, skills and behaviours to become competent in your job role.
You will attend College on a day-release basis during term-time for the duration of your programme with us, to gain knowledge and develop some practical skills. The College will agree additional off-the-job training with your employer to ensure you develop the majority of your skills and behaviours in the workplace.
What grades will I need?
Five GCSEs at 9–3/A*–E (Including English and Maths).
How will I be assessed?
Apprentices must meet the knowledge, skills, and behaviours as defined within the standard. All apprentices must take an independent assessment at the end of their training to assess their ability and competence in their job role.
Where will it lead me?
- Keeper and Aquarist Apprenticeship
- Kennels and catteries
- Animal welfare centres
- Farm parks
- Retail outlets