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Animal Care & Welfare Assistant Apprentice R S P C A BLACKPOOL

RSPCA Blackpool & North Lancs in Stalmine, Poulton Le Fylde are looking to recruit an Animal Care Apprentice to assist in the day-to-day running of their busy animal rescue centre. This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone with a keen interest in animals.

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Closing date: today

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    You will be paid £5.00 per hour on a monthly basis.

  • Working week

    Four shifts per week including every other weekend. Days & shifts are to be confirmed & can be discussed at interview. 8.30am – 5pm = 30 hours per week

    Total hours per week: 30

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    06 Sep 2022

  • Date posted

    21 Jul 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

Working directly with the animals, if over 18 years old this will include the dogs, (These are on a traffic light system and apprentices will only work with the ones marked green).

  • Cleaning
  • Socialising with the animals
  • Grooming & bathing
  • Assisting with health checks
  • Feeding as per laid down weight charts
  • Following vets advice

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

Training will be provided by Myerscough College towards the Level 2 Animal Care & Welfare Assistant Apprenticeship Standard, through a Work-based blended delivery programme consisting predominantly of on-site training and assessment within the. 
Individuals will need to achieve the core skills, knowledge & behaviours & choose one occupational option relating to their job role. 
The end point assessment will contain 2 components: 
1. 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. 
2. 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.  
There will be 2 levels of achievement: Pass & Distinction

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

At the end of the course an option to continue with further courses. 
If a position is available on completion you would be considered  
Openings within the society network.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Administrative skills, Team working


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 3) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 3) Essential

Things to consider

The centre is in a rural area, there is a bus service that runs from Blackpool daily but on a restricted schedule on Sundays. You will spend a lot of time cleaning up after dogs/cats and you will be expected to maintain high hygiene standards. This is not a job where you sit around and cuddle dogs/cats all day, the dogs/cats must be treated with respect and in a professional manner. You will be in contact with dog/cat fur and dander which can irritate asthma suffers. To ensure your application has the best chance of being considered for the vacancy you must provide information on all qualifications undertaken stating highest grades achieved in every subject, paying particular attention to maths and English. Along with this you need to state any previous work experience.

About the employer

RSPCA Blackpool and North Lancashire Branch is located in Stalmine on Old Toms Lane in Lancashire, FY6 0JR. We moved here in 2014 to a new animal centre as our previous site was no longer fit for purpose. We care for dogs, cats and a range of small animals. At the centres most busiest, we can have over 100 animals in our care.      The RSPCA prioritises the victims of cruelty, neglect and suffering so does not normally accept unwanted pets from members of the public, as the demand for space from our priority animals exceeds our capacity








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Training provider



Marcus Henderson

01995 642390

Apprenticeship standard

Animal care and welfare assistant

Level 2 (GCSE)

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