As an apprentice you will have a job and earn a wage whilst building up knowledge and skills within the animal care industry. These apprenticeships are a framework of qualifications made up of a Diploma in Work-Based Animal Care, Functional Skills, Employee Rights and Responsibilities and Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS).
- Health and safety
- Maintaining the health and well-being of animals
- Maintaining animal accommodation
- Preparing and providing food
- Controlling and restraining animals.
- Safety and security of the workplace
- Planning for the health and welfare of animals
- Planning the handling and restraint of animals
- Maintaining the behaviour, health and welfare of animals.
These apprenticeships usually take between 12 and 36 months to complete.
More advanced courses are available at the College for further progression.
Work in kennels and catteries, pet shops, veterinary practices, animal sanctuaries, animal welfare organisations, charities, zoos and many more.
For the Intermediate Intermediate Apprenticeship, you must have GCSE English and Maths at grade E or 3 or equivalent. For the Advanced Apprenticeship, you must have achieved a Level 2 qualification in Animal Care and have GCSE English and Maths at grade C or 4 or equivalent. For both levels, you must also pass an initial assessment, secure work as an apprentice and have one satisfactory reference.
BTEC Level 3 in Animal Management
Casey spent a year at a sixth form college but did not enjoy the environment there and says she is far happier now she is at Bishop Burton College. She works as a pet sitter to complement her studies.
Q: What do you like about Bishop Burton College?
A: Everything! I love the hands-on nature of the course, the excellent relationship between students and staff and the friendly atmosphere. You are really treated like a grown up here.
Q: What is the best thing about your course?
A: I enjoy the variety of subjects covered and the board range of career possibilities it opens up.
Q: What are your hopes for the future?
A: In the future I would like to focus on vet nursing and develop my career in this area.