Animal Care and Welfare Assistant, Apprenticeship
This apprenticeship provides valuable workplace skills and experience, while you earn a wage.
This apprenticeship is perfect for animal lovers! While this apprenticeship will be physically demanding, it is also just as rewarding when seeing the difference you’re making to an animal's life.
This apprenticeship provides valuable workplace skills and experience, while you earn a wage. Animal Care and Welfare Assistants look after the routine day-to-day husbandry and care of domestic and/or wild animals under guidance in a variety of different settings.
This course is carried out on our Puxton Park campus, which is the perfect environment for learning about the upkeep and welfare of the animals.
Studying this course means that you will also be part of our Animal Management Career Excellence Hub, which is endorsed by leading employers, who are actively involved throughout your whole training programme.
What does the course involve?
The work is carried out individually or as part of a team in places such as kennels and catteries, laboratories, animal welfare centres, farm parks, rehabilitation centres, retail outlets and in the transportation of animals. Typical job roles include kennel/cattery assistant; animal technician, animal welfare assistant; animal day care assistant; animal collection officer; wildlife rehabilitation assistant; zookeeper assistant, pet retail assistant, animal handler, veterinary care assistant, farm park assistant.
This course will also develop teamwork, independent working, and maths and English skills.
How will the course be assessed?
You will need to achieve the core skills and knowledge; behaviours contained within the apprenticeship standard and will be assessed through a portfolio of evidence and an End Point Assessment which consists of a practical assessment and a professional discussion.
Are there any additional costs?
You will be required to purchase a uniform for the practical elements of the course; however we do have some items of uniform available for loan and this can be discussed at interview.
What future study opportunities and careers are there?
Most Weston College apprentices are kept on by their employer after they finish their programme. Upon completion of this apprenticeship, you could progress to the Level 3 in Animal Management at the College.
What do I do next?
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You don’t need any formal qualifications to enrol on this apprenticeship, but you will be assessed to ensure you can complete the English and maths qualification to at least Level 1. You will also need to be in relevant employment, but we can help you find this.
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