What will I learn?
An employee in this occupation will be responsible for the everyday care and husbandry of the animals within the collection. They will understand species specific behaviour and needs and the basics of animal training. They will record and report any observed changes and concerns to senior animal keeping staff/management and learn the use of up to date recording systems. The Apprentice will use tools on the job which are needed for cleaning enclosures, enclosure maintenance and design and food preparation. They will be expected to complete day to day tasks using their initiative, within a specific time period.
The training of a Zoo Keeper or Aquarist will include:
- Interpreting diet Sheets, preparing and delivering Animal feeds
- Servicing, cleaning and managing Animal environments
- Providing Species specific habitats and routines for animals in line with their natural history
- Observing and understanding Animal behaviour, Animal Health and Welfare, recording and reporting findings
- Checking enclosure and other work areas for potential or existing hazards
- Engaging with visitors and stakeholders, tailoring information to the audience
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 manly study remotely, with access to your tutors every week. One day per term attendance at the college is required alongside six-weekly live online interaction with tutors to consolidate your theory and practical skills and to support your studies. 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 9–4/A*–C (Including English and Maths). An Animal Keeper or Aquarist will have a strong work ethic and show respect and empathy for both people and animals.
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?
- Animal Keeper
- Zoo Keeper