Animal Care Apprenticeship Level 2

Duration: minimum of 12 months

Level 2 is the starting point for a career working with animals in a range of environments such as zoo’s, kennels, catteries, pet retail outlets and dog grooming parlours.

The role of an apprentice includes:

  • Promoting the health and well-being of animals in your care.
  • Delivering basic treatment to animals within the workplace.
  • Maintaining the animals’ accommodation and preparing their feed.
  • Learning to safely control and restrain the animals you are working with.

The apprenticeship is made up from a ‘Framework’ and over the duration of the course you will need to complete the following: a work-based Diploma; a Technical Certificate, ERR (Employment Rights & Responsibilities), and Essential Skills in Maths and English.

A work-based apprenticeship will:
  • Help you work at the commercial speed animal care employers expect.
  • Increase your confidence working with animals, in a team and in the workplace.
  • Give you the skills and knowledge to become a competent member of staff.
  • Give you a reference for your CV.
  • Provide you with essential employability skills to give you the best start in your working life.
  • Put you alongside highly experienced and qualified staff who will train you to develop your skills working with animals.
  • Maths and English

    Essential Skills is a mandatory part of apprenticeship programme in Wales if you have not achieved a GCSE grade of C or above or previously completed Essential Skills up to Level 2.

    Essential Skills are taken at Level 1 and at Level 2, Level 1 is taken as part of the Level 2 apprenticeship programme and Level 2 I undertaken as part of the Level 3 apprenticeship programme.

    These are split in to Communication and Application of Number and within each there is a Control Task and Confirmatory Test.

    The Control task is a controlled assessment undertaken in exam conditions in short periods of time across a 8 week time frame.

    The Confirmatory Test is a multiply choice paper of 30 questions.

    You would be prepared for both elements of the Essential Skills by your Trainer-Coach.

  • Entry requirements, eligibility and employment

    Entry requirements and eligibility

    • Not to have achieved a Foundation or Degree, NVQ 4 or higher.
    • Not be in full time Education; School, College, University or on another Apprenticeship.
    • There is no upper age limit, however if you are aged above 20 years old you must have been within your current role no longer than 12 months.

     

    Employment 

    • Employed (PAYE) by the employer (not self-employed) and paid a minimum of £3.50 per hour.
    • Hold a current employment contract – to include: holiday pay, wage, etc.
    • Working at least 16 hours per week, maximum of 38 for anyone under 18 years old and a maximum of 48 hours for anyone over 18 years old.
  • Teaching, learning and assessment

    You will be regularly assessed in the workplace by your Trainer- Coaches with testimonies from your Employer/Trainer. Case studies, pictures/videos and some written assignments/workbooks may also be used by your Assessor to check your knowledge and understanding.

  • What are the next steps in your career ?

    he next step is to complete a Level 3 Apprenticeship either with your current employer or with a new employer.

    If you want to move across into a different discipline or into Racehorse Care our Recruitment team can help you apply for apprenticeship vacancies we already have.

    The equine industry is vast. In your career with horses there’ll be scope to move up the ladder, across disciplines and it can even take you abroad.

    Take a look at our Animal Care Career Path!

Pathways

There are five pathways you can take depending on the type of employer you start an apprenticeship with. You’ll need to demonstrate the required knowledge and skills at each level to complete the one you choose.

The Animal Care and Welfare pathway will give you the skills and knowledge you need to work in an animal-based environment. It’ll enable you to provide the animals in your care with the very highest standards of welfare.

Although the course will be based largely on your own placement, the skills that you learn and develop will be transferrable to other locations.

This pathway will give you hands-on experience with the exotic species you might find in a Zoo, Wildlife Park, Wild Life Rescue, Falconry Centre or similar.

You’ll be able to choose relevant units of study for the animals you’re working with, such as: training, conservation, treatments, transportation, breeding, diets, enclosure design, and working with volunteers.

This pathway will teach you the styling needs for a variety of dog breeds, how to read their range of behaviours, as well as helping you recognise basic health issues.

You’ll be trained to work with both cats and dogs and to use a range of equipment for bathing, drying and grooming to a professional standard.

This pathway will enable you to work with a wide range of animals, from small mammals and birds, to fish and reptiles (depending on the retailer).

You’ll learn the health and welfare needs of a range of species, how to assist members of the public, as well as gaining an understating of the different pet care products on the shelves.

The Animal Training pathway will give you a better understanding of animal welfare and the legislation behind it as well as practical experience when developing and implementing training programmes.

This will provide you with the skills and knowledge to apply for a variety of animal training roles, such as: Animal Behaviourist, Service Dog Trainer, or even a role in the military.

  • Animal Care and Welfare

    The Animal Care and Welfare pathway will give you the skills and knowledge you need to work in an animal-based environment. It’ll enable you to provide the animals in your care with the very highest standards of welfare.

    Although the course will be based largely on your own placement, the skills that you learn and develop will be transferrable to other locations.

  • Zoos/ Wildlife

    This pathway will give you hands-on experience with the exotic species you might find in a Zoo, Wildlife Park, Wild Life Rescue, Falconry Centre or similar.

    You’ll be able to choose relevant units of study for the animals you’re working with, such as: training, conservation, treatments, transportation, breeding, diets, enclosure design, and working with volunteers.

  • Dog Grooming

    This pathway will teach you the styling needs for a variety of dog breeds, how to read their range of behaviours, as well as helping you recognise basic health issues.

    You’ll be trained to work with both cats and dogs and to use a range of equipment for bathing, drying and grooming to a professional standard.

  • Pet Retail

    This pathway will enable you to work with a wide range of animals, from small mammals and birds, to fish and reptiles (depending on the retailer).

    You’ll learn the health and welfare needs of a range of species, how to assist members of the public, as well as gaining an understating of the different pet care products on the shelves.

  • Animal Training

    The Animal Training pathway will give you a better understanding of animal welfare and the legislation behind it as well as practical experience when developing and implementing training programmes.

    This will provide you with the skills and knowledge to apply for a variety of animal training roles, such as: Animal Behaviourist, Service Dog Trainer, or even a role in the military.