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Roles in animal care are varied, with employees working to ensure the health, welfare and well-being of animals large and small in a variety of settings, so the importance of high-quality training can’t be underestimated.

At Kendal College, we are home to the UK’s first teaching animal rescue centre which houses surgical, imaging and intensive care facilities with learners being taught by former industry practitioners.

Our delivery is flexible around employees and businesses needs with teaching being carried out in the classroom, one-to-one and in the workplace. A full list of our apprenticeship courses can be found below:

Animal Care (Welfare), Level 2

Course Overview

This apprenticeship is ideal for new-entrants to the Animal Care industry allowing them to gain the knowledge and skills needed to complete the day-to-day care and husbandry of animals whilst ensuring their welfare. Typical job roles may include Animal Care Assistant, Boarding Assistant or Animal Handler.

Entry Requirements

Ideally learners should hold 4 GCSEs at grade (3-9) including English and Maths and be employed for thirty-hours a week or more.

Training

Through this apprenticeship learner’s will gain the practical skills and knowledge needed to safely promote and maintain the welfare of animals, through learning about health & safety, animal health & wellbeing and controlling & restraining animals.

Delivery

Day release.

Assessment

Learners are assessed through written and recorded reports, a workplace portfolio, workplace observation and 12-weekly reviews between the student, assessor and employer.

Start Date: Various

Duration: 12 Months


Employer Information

Employer Fees

Levy: £2,000
Non-levy: £100

Employer Incentive: £0 - £1000

Animal Care, Level 3

Course Overview

This apprenticeship provides learners with the knowledge and skills they need to complete, plan and manage the care of animals professionally, so is suitable for supporting current employees in a variety of settings such as kennels, catteries, pet-shops and zoo’s to become competent in the workplace. Common job roles may include, Animal Management Technician, Zoo/Animal Keeper or Animal Warden.

Entry Requirements

Ideally learners should hold 5 GCSE’s at grade (4-9) including English and Maths and be employed for thirty-hours a week or more.

Training

Learners will gain the practical skills and knowledge needed to work safely in the sector, promote the best standards of care for the animals they work with, develop an understanding of the behavioural characteristics and care needs of different species, how to feed and handle animals and the legal requirements applicable to their role.

Delivery

Day release.

Assessment

Learners are assessed through written and recorded reports, a workplace portfolio and 12-weekly reviews between the student, assessor and employer.

Start Date: Various

Duration: 12 to 18 Months


Employer Information

Employer Fees

Levy: £2,500
Non-levy: £120

Employer Incentive: £0 - £1000