Animal Care and Welfare Assistant Apprenticeship

Fernilea Boarding Kennels

Vacancy to train in animal care at a very reputable kennels and cattery in Formby. The candidate will work full time and will attend class sessions at Lite Ltd on alternate Wednesday.

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Weekly wage


Total hours per week

37 hours

Expected duration

18 months

Possible start date

01 Oct 2019


Duties to include:

  • Clean and maintain animal accommodation
  • Dispose of waste in a safe and appropriate manner in line with legislative and workplace requirements
  • Store, use and administer medication in line with legislative and veterinary instructions as appropriate
  • Monitor, record and report the health and welfare of animals in line with animal welfare legislation and workplace policies
  • Observe and be aware of the behaviour of animals and take appropriate actions
  • Exercise/socialise animals and provide appropriate enrichment relevant to their specific needs
  • Provide appropriate care, for example coat, skin, scales, plumage and feet to ensure good health and appearance
  • Provide food and water to animals and monitor the intake

Working week

Rota to be confirmed by the employer

37 hour per week

Date posted

11 Sep 2019

Apprenticeship Level

Intermediate Level Apprenticeship


1 available

Requirements and prospects


  • Organised
  • Work well within a team
  • Excellent timekeeping
  • Good communication skills


GCSE grades C/4 or above in English and maths (or equivalent).

Personal Qualities

  • Must be enthusiastic
  • Have a proactive approach to work
  • Willingness to learn
  • Take responsibility for the duty of care of animals
  • To handle animals patiently, gently and confidently

Future Prospects

Full time employment if the candidate is successful in completion of the Apprenticeship.

About the employer

The kennels itself was built in 1999 and at Fernilea plenty of T.L.C is extremely important. This amount of attention needs plenty of help so we have a high staff to dog ratio. We are very lucky to have a fabulous team of dedicated, hardworking and enthusiastic dog mad staff who have many years of experience within the industry between them. Regular guests at Fernilea benefit from the whole teams personal knowledge of each individual dog and its requirements.


Fernilea Boarding Kennels


Southport Old Road
L37 0AW

Training provider

  • Animal Care and Welfare Assistant Apprenticeship Standard
  • Apprentices will typically spend 12 to 18 months on-programme (minimum of 12 months) working towards the Animal Care and Welfare Assistant Apprenticeship Standard, with a minimum of 20% off-the-job training
  • You will also be required to attend class sessions at Lite Ltd St Helens, twice a month and will have regular monitoring visits to your workplace from your Mentor
  • Apprentices must complete a portfolio prior to taking their End Point Assessment (EPA) which will include core knowledge, skills and behaviours, as well as one option related to the job role
  • Animal Care and Welfare Assistant Apprentices without English and mathematics at level 2 must achieve level 1 English and mathematics and take the tests for level 2 prior to taking their EPA

 End Point Assessment consists of two distinct methods:

  • Practical Assessment (weighting 50%); an observation of the apprentice completing one practical assessment consisting of two tasks of practical skill in which the Apprentices will demonstrate their Skills, Behaviours and underlying Knowledge, as required by the Standard
  • Professional Discussion (weighting 50%); this will take the form of a professional discussion and Portfolio review that will cover all areas of underpinning and applied Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours. The portfolio will not be assessed or graded

Performance in the EPA will determine the apprenticeship grade of fail, pass or distinction

More details on this standard can be found:

Training framework

Animal Care and Welfare Assistant

Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Lite Limited


Helen Dowell

Application instructions

Application closing date: 25 Sep 2019

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