- 14-18 months
- England (90 minutes radius of Huntingdon, Potters Bar and Leeds)
- Monthly payment options
- Non-apprenticeship option available
If you are located outside the 90 minutes radius of the above centres, please contact us as we may still be able to meet your training needs.
Get qualified and do your dream job!
Many people dream of working with animals from an early age, which makes entry into animal related jobs very competitive. Working with animals often involves low pay, long hours and can be physically demanding; but the rewards that come from the love of the job and making a difference to the lives of animals make the work a popular career choice for many.
‘Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life’ Confucius
As an animal care apprentice, you will be employed in an animal care environment gaining vital practical skills and experience, and earning a wage alongside studying your formal apprenticeship qualification.
By choosing to study with The College of Animal Welfare you will be joining a community of like-minded students and staff, who all share a passion for animal welfare.
Your apprenticeship materials will be delivered online via our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE); as such you can apply to start at any time of the year and will not be required to attend College for tuition. You will be allocated a Work-based Learning Assessor who will support you through your qualification via email and telephone contact and regular visits to your place of work.
Whilst the majority of students choose to undertake the Animal Care and Welfare pathway of this qualification, there is also the option to undertake the Dog Grooming pathway if you are working in a dog grooming environment. It may also be possible to undertake other pathways such as Pet Care and Retail or Zoos and Wildlife Establishments, please contact us for details.
Benefits to employers
- Grow your business: Affordable way to expand and develop your business
- Cost effective: Provide valuable opportunities whilst minimising recruitment and training costs
- Enhanced reputation: Provide client reassurance by investing in trained staff
- Increased productivity: Maximise staff efficiency though the development of knowledge and skills
The College of Animal Welfare has a well-earned reputation for excellence; delivering quality training and education and employer support. Your apprentice will benefit from:
- Tuition, support and assessment provided in the workplace, online and via email and telephone contact
- Support and guidance from an allocated, qualified Work-based Learning Assessor
- Access to our unique Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and extensive eLibrary resources
* Any employer taking on an apprentice under 19 years of age, will receive an incentive of £1,000. £500 will be paid to you after the first three months of the apprenticeship and the remaining £500 after the first year on programme. *
Employers with less than 50 employees
If you take on an apprentice under 19 years of age (or 19-24 years who has an EHC plan or who has been in the care of their local authority), the apprentices training will be fully funded.
This apprenticeship consists of:
- City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Work-based Animal Care
- Functional Skills Level 1 in Maths and English
- Lantra Employment Right and Responsibilities Workbook
- Personal Learning and Thinking Skills
City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Work-based Animal Care
Over the course of the qualification, you will undertake both mandatory and optional units, which will allow you to tailor the qualification to the needs of both yourself and your employer. The units you undertake will be discussed with you at induction to make sure they fit your interests and job role.
- Maintain and develop personal performance
- Establish and maintain effective working relationships with others
- Promote and maintain the health and well-being of animals
- Select and prepare accommodation for animals
- Maintain animal accommodation
- Control and restrain animals
- Moving animals between locations
- Make sure your own actions reduce risks to health and safety
- Maintain the cleanliness and bio security of the animal care working environment
- Prepare feed for animals
- Provide feed and water to animals
Optional units that you can then choose from include:
- Provide controlled exercise opportunities for animals
- Provide opportunities for animals to have freedom to exercise
- Welcome, receive and care for visitors to sites
- Prepare and groom animals
- Dry dogs prepare their coats for styling
- Load and unload animals for transportation
You will be assessed via completion of a portfolio, pass work-based practical assessments and undertake a technical certificate test.
You will undertake Level 1 Functional Skills in English and Maths unless exempt. These are assessed via online examinations and practical assessments.
There are no formal academic entry requirements. However, you will need to be living and working in England in a suitable animal care environment (such as a boarding kennels, cattery, animal charity or zoo), within a 90 minute radius of our Huntingdon, Potters Bar or Leeds centres, earning at least the National Minimum Wage for Apprentices. To complete this apprenticeship within 14-16 months you will need to be working for a minimum of 30 hours per week, if you are working less than 30 hours a week the length of your apprenticeship will be extended depending on your working hours.
If you have a level 4 (or above) qualification, from May 2017 you are now still able to undertake this apprenticeship if your current qualification is in an unrelated subject. If your existing qualification is in a similar subject you will not be able to undertake this apprenticeship, in which case you may wish to undertake the City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Work-based Animal Care as a standalone qualification.
Apprenticeship fees are payable by the employer. Prior to commencing the course an invoice will be issued for the total course fee. There are, however, several payment options to choose from:
- Full Fee: Payment in full before the beginning of the course
- Annual: One payment prior to the start of the course followed by equal payments every 12 months thereafter
- Quarterly: One payment prior to the start of the course followed by payments every three months thereafter
- Monthly: One payment prior to the start of the course followed by monthly payments thereafter
If you have not achieved your qualification by the planned end date detailed in your individual learning plan, you will be able to continue to receive support and access to your course by paying monthly direct debit payments until certification of your award.
The way apprenticeships are funded, and paid for, has now changed. Employers should take note of the fees that are applicable to their organisation. As an employer you will either be an Apprenticeship Levy Payer (employers with over a £3 million pay bill) or Non-Digital Account Holder (employers with less than a £3 million pay bill).
If your organisation has less than 50 contracted employees, apprenticeship training will be fully funded for your learner if they under 19 years of age (and for those aged 19-24 meeting certain eligibility criteria e.g. has an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan or has been in the care of their local authority).
Course fees for Apprenticeship Levy Payers
Course fees are made up of two parts; a digital account payment and college course fees, as below:
Digital account payment – £2,000
College course fees:
|£1,457||£728.30 per year||£243 every three months||£81 per month|
Course fees for Non-Digital Account Holders
Course fees for non-digital account holders are paid via co-investment with the government, meaning that the government provide some funding towards course fees. The additional fees that you will be required to pay are as follows:
|£1,657||£828.30 per year||£276 every three months||£92 per month|
Awarding Body Fees*
City & Guilds registration and certificate fees: £168
* Awarding Body Fees are payable by all employers and recharged at cost and may be subject to change.
Sources of financial help can be found on our student finance page. Before making any financial decision it is recommended that you seek advice from an independent source, for example the Money Advice Service.
These are current figures and may be subject to change. The differences in course fees reflect the level of funding that is available as a result of government policies and priorities. These may be as a result of age, employment status, previous education achievements, or location for example, and are outside the control of The College of Animal Welfare.
On completion of your apprenticeship you will have gained the confidence, practical skills and abilities to excel in your position. During this time, your desire to learn and increase your knowledge further may lead you to wondering what you should do next!
If you are looking to study to the next level you may consider undertaking the Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Work-based Animal Care. To do so you would need to be working in a supervisory or managerial position, however, if you are not currently working in such a role but are aspiring to do so, it may still be possible to undertake the advanced apprenticeship; this will be assessed on an individual basis and is something your assessor will discuss with you as you approach the end of the intermediate apprenticeship.
“I really enjoyed the different assignments that were set as I was able to lay them out how I wanted to using photos and tables, and I could also choose the animals I wanted to write about in my assignments. I would highly recommend the Animal Care Level 2 and 3 courses as they are enjoyable qualifications and look good on a CV! I would also recommend an apprenticeship as it really helps you through your qualification by gaining experience on a daily basis.” Read the case study
Shannon Summerell, Intermediate Apprenticeship in Work-based Animal Care