Animal Care and Horticulture Apprentice Woodpecker Court Ltd

Woodpecker Court has a Community Farm with a range of animals, the role of the applicant would be to work within the stringent animal welfare and licensing regulations to ensure the best quality care. It operates across several sites with animals on them all. This position will require weekend and evening work as the needs of the animals dictate.

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Closing date: 28 Jun 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Set as apprentice wage from 1st April 2024

  • Working week

    Expected Duration 12 -18 months with a minimum of 12 months 40 hours a week on a shift pattern, 8 hours a day. This will include weekends and anti-social hours. TBC.

    Total hours per week: 40.0

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    02 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    23 May 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

Prepare and feed animals as required.

Support with meeting the welfare needs of the animals.

Record keeping and excellent communication with other staff ensuring a quality service for all users.

This will be undertaken by working 40 hours a week over 5 days, this is generally on 8 hour shifts.  There will be times when this work is unsociable to meet the needs of the animals

This is a physical role and applicants must be prepared to lift and carry heavy objects with support if required following appropriate training.

Support with horticulture tasks. 

Occasional student support with animals.

The training you will be getting

In a 40 hour working week you will undertake at least 8 hours of training, this may be directly related to your course but may be in another specific area such as Health and Safety, Safeguarding or COSHH.  You will be supported to manage your time appropriately.

There will be online sessions and face to face practicals as you work towards your Level 2 Animal care and welfare assistant qualifcation. Students will need to have at least achieved Level 1 Functional Skills maths and English and be working towards level 2.


What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

To be able to progress on to a level 3 apprenticeship or work within the animal care and welfare sector.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Presentation skills, Administrative skills, Number skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience, Physical fitness


GCSE or equivalent English & Maths (Grade Level 1) Desired

Things to consider

This position involves a significant amount of physical work.

About the employer

Woodpecker Court is an alternative education provider with specialist post 16 status set in a rural location. Every student is different and treated as an individual and therefore vary our practices to support them holistically. We aim to improve outcomes by providing all of our students with the necessary skills to equip them to sustain their onward destination after leaving us. We have a calm, safe and friendly environment that are our animals are a key part of. We request that alongside this application you must also apply directly to Personnel via the email address attaching a copy of your CV.


Woodpecker Court Ltd





CT15 4BF


Dawn Fisher

01304 830958

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Adjustments for experience

You could reduce your training time, or finish your apprenticeship faster, if you have relevant prior learning or experience. This could be relevant:

  • training
  • qualifications, like an NVQ in a relevant field
  • industry or sector experience

Apprenticeship standard

Animal care and welfare assistant

Level 2 (GCSE)

Demonstrating experience

If your application is successful, you will have a chance to discuss your relevant prior learning or experience with your training provider and employer. You will all need to agree any adjustments to your training plan.

You should be prepared to show your competence, and evidence of relevant qualifications

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