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
There is nowhere in the country that can compare with Bishop Burton College’s Animal Management facilities and expertise, according to Callum.
He has benefitted from work experience placements at The Deep, in Hull, and a local veterinary practice but says it is the outstanding facilities, range of animals and expert tutors that make studying Animal Management at the College such a fantastic experience.
“We learn about animal welfare, animal science, legislation, law and how to look after animals – so all aspects really,” said Callum.
“We work with anything from mice up to wallabies, meerkats, lemurs and primates. My favourites to work with are probably the otters because they are so cheeky.
“It is a really well structured course and I enjoy the science aspect. The facilities are brilliant and the tutors are ace. I live on campus because I come from near London and there is nowhere quite like this. It is definitely the place to be if you want to work with animals, I would say.”