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Chester Zoo and DCG offer apprenticeship opportunities for tomorrow’s wildlife champions

Following the ongoing success of an innovative Level 3 Keeper and Aquarist Apprenticeship Programme over the last 20 months, Derby College Group (DCG) is again working with Chester Zoo in delivering and recruiting for the next intake of apprentices for August 2024.  

Chester Zoo and DCG are keen to widen access to conservation jobs to everyone. Anyone from school leavers to those seeking a change in career are encouraged to apply. 

DCG is looking to fill ten Keeper and Aquarist apprentices, alongside two Horticulture Operative apprentices to work alongside experienced keepers and professionals in the Zoo industry, whereby apprentices will be actively involved in supporting the fantastic conservation work of Chester Zoo and sustainability practices.

The apprenticeship roles are incredibly popular with around 500 people applying at the last intake.

Jen McDermott, Chester Zoo’s Head of People & Culture commented: 

“Each and every one of our apprentices will be trained and mentored by specialist and experienced staff from across the zoo, ensuring they’re ready and equipped with the skills needed to work in a modern conservation zoo.”

Female zookeeper with red hair smiling and cleaning a baby elephant.

Stacey Higgs, Curriculum Manager at Derby College Group, commented: 

“We are delighted to continue the great work with Chester Zoo. We are very experienced within further education, higher education and apprenticeship routes into animal management and we are delighted to help recruit and train the apprentices under this exciting programme.

“This is a brilliant opportunity for young people and adults alike to earn while they learn and to start their journey in this exciting and flourishing sector with an outstanding wildlife charity.”

The opportunities will allow individuals to gain significant practical experience, whilst also achieving an industry recognised qualification to succeed in their career journey.

Chester Zoo was recently ranked the best zoo in the UK by TripAdvisor and also has been listed as the eighth best zoo or aquarium to visit in Europe.  

Interested individuals are invited to join an exciting Online Apprenticeship Webinar with Chester Zoo and DCG on Monday 29th April from 6-7pm. Here attendees will be able to discover more about the forthcoming Level 3 Keeper and Aquarist apprenticeship opportunities available.

This webinar is tailor-made for those eager to leap into the Zoological industry, where they will learn on the job, whilst earning a salary doing a really fulfilling role.

The webinar will cover and include:
·        An introduction of DCG and Chester Zoo
·        An introduction of Level 3 Keeper and Aquarist Apprenticeship
·        Experience of current apprentices
·        Recruitment
·        Q&A session

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