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. 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.
Animal Care and Welfare Assistants must have a strong work ethic and be prepared to work irregular hours in all weather conditions. They must maintain safe working practices and take responsibility for themselves, animals and others
Length of programme
12- 18 months, with a minimum of 12 months prior to the End-point Assessment Gateway.
The apprentice will follow a training programme to complete the apprenticeship requirements and meet the knowledge, skills and behaviours required for them to be fully competent:
The qualification consists of:
7 Core Knowledge and Skills units:
5 Core Behaviour units:
1 chosen Occupational route unit:
Learning will take place in a variety of ways, which could include workplace training, formal courses, work shadowing, industrial visits, research, self-study, attendance at College for classroom/workshop activities and time spent completing assignments set by the assessor.
The apprentice will undertake their end-point assessment when the employer, training provider and apprentice all consider that they are ready to do so. This stage of the apprenticeship is known as the gateway and will not be reached until the apprentice has completed at least 12 months on the programme.
The end-point assessment will be carried out by an independent assessor and will be made up of a practical observation (2 hours) and a professional discussion informed by the completed portfolio.
End-point Assessment Gradings
This qualification is graded Fail, Pass or Distinction
Before taking the end-point assessment, apprentices must
You need PPE for the workplace and writing materials.
You can progress to a full-time Level 3 in Animal Care programme or a further apprenticeship programme.
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