You will be provided with a foundation in a broad range of skills required to work competently within the animal care industry. Practical skills will be mostly practised and developed in the workplace while theoretical background knowledge will be taught and reviewed mainly at College.
You need one of the following:
You should also have a standard of English and maths equivalent to Functional Skills Level 1.
If you are a mature learner, we may be able to take into consideration your previous experience in your chosen subject. Applicants will be interviewed, will undertake an initial assessment in English and maths, and must present an example of current work.
The apprenticeship includes:
Training is largely work-based with ongoing practical assessments undertaken in your workplace. You will keep a portfolio of evidence of your practical ability and theoretical understanding.
You will need safety boots, a lab coat, waterproofs and writing materials.
For apprentices over the age of 19, an employer contribution is required towards the cost of training.
You can consider taking your qualification to the next level with an advanced apprenticeship, the Diploma in Work-based Animal Care Level 3 or the City & Guilds Level 3 Extended Diploma in Animal Care. You can also progress within your career in the animal care industry.
For former Derby College student Annie Dowell getting a job working with animals was inevitable.And, thanks in part to the practical work experience and the qualifications she gained on her Animal Care level 3 course; she now runs a boarding kennels.Annie first got to know Coppice Kennels and Cattery in Melbourne while at Derby College and later took a Saturday job there as a dog walker.After leaving College with a triple distinction she went on to take a dog grooming course at Broomfield and then worked at dog re-homing centres in Wales and Spain.In 2012 she took over the running of Coppice Kennels and is now responsible, with fiancé Matt for looking after 40 dogs, 15 cats as well as up to five foster dogs.Annie loved her time at College – especially the caring for wildlife part and gaining work experience at Twycross Zoo.
She said: "I loved absolutely every minute of my course and wish I could do it all again. I'm always recommending Broomfield to our dog walkers, who are young and keen to get into animal care."