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Veterinary Nursing Apprenticeship – Level 2

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PW2APSVET
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  • Course aim

    This is a Pre-requisite programme for all learners wishing to undertake the Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing. Animal Care and Welfare Assistants look after the routine day to day husbandry and care of domestic and/or wild animals under guidance in a variety of different settings. The work is carried out individually or as part of a team in places such as animal welfare centres or vet practices. Veterinary Care Support apprentices must have a strong work ethic and be prepared to work irregular hours in all weather conditions. They must maintain safe working practices and taking responsibility for themselves, animals and others.

    Typical job roles include: animal welfare assistant or veterinary care assistant

  • Course content

    The apprentice will study the core knowledge, skills and behaviours as laid out in the apprenticeship plan, as well as the optional knowledge and skills for the veterinary care support pathway.

    Alongside this the apprentices will also work towards a level 2 certificate in veterinary care support. The qualification is made up of 6 units – Legislation and Safe Working

    Practices, Animal Health and Welfare, Animal Environment and Accommodation, Introduction to Patient Care, Introduction to Animal Anatomy and Physiology and Veterinary Care Support.

    The qualification supports the apprentices in learning the required skills, knowledge and behaviours required for their end point assessment.

  • Course assessment

    The apprentice will attend college one day a week.

    There is no mandatory qualification attached to this standard, however we will be offering a level 2 certificate in veterinary care support, which the apprentice will work towards alongside a range of knowledge, skills and behaviours associated with the job role. They will also be required to achieve level 1 English and Maths (GCSE Grade 3 or D) and take the test for level 2 English and Maths prior to taking the end-point assessment.

  • Benefits to employers

    Hiring an apprentice is a productive and effective way for any organisation to grow talent and develop a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce. Hiring an apprentice can help you improve productivity and reduce staff turnover.

    There’s a wide selection of apprenticeships available, covering lots of different job roles to help you choose a qualification that quits your business needs. This helps you match the skills of the employees to the skills that you need.

    Fees

    If you have less than 50 staff and the apprentice is between 16-18 then the apprenticeship will be fully funded, you will only need to pay for the apprentice’s wages. If you choose to recruit an apprentice who is 19 or above you will be required to pay 5% of the cost of the apprenticeship (the government will fund 95%)

    If you are a large employer with 50+ staff you will be required to fund 5% of the apprenticeships costs regardless of the age of the learner.

    Employers with a wage bill of over £3 million will pay the cost of the apprenticeship through the apprenticeship levy.

  • Benefits to apprentices

    As an apprentice you will work alongside experienced, skilled staff, you will gain job-specific skills and training, you will earn a wage and get holiday pay whilst you train.

    The Government is committed to ensuring that everyone is able to benefit from the life changing opportunities of an apprenticeship. Apprenticeships are opening the door to professions that used to only be an option for people with a traditional degree.

    Apprenticeships are more than just another way to gain a qualification and can give you the skills you need to progress your career.

  • Course aim

    This is a Pre-requisite programme for all learners wishing to undertake the Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing. Animal Care and Welfare Assistants look after the routine day to day husbandry and care of domestic and/or wild animals under guidance in a variety of different settings. The work is carried out individually or as part of a team in places such as animal welfare centres or vet practices. Veterinary Care Support apprentices must have a strong work ethic and be prepared to work irregular hours in all weather conditions. They must maintain safe working practices and taking responsibility for themselves, animals and others.

    Typical job roles include: animal welfare assistant or veterinary care assistant

  • Course content

    The apprentice will study the core knowledge, skills and behaviours as laid out in the apprenticeship plan, as well as the optional knowledge and skills for the veterinary care support pathway.

    Alongside this the apprentices will also work towards a level 2 certificate in veterinary care support. The qualification is made up of 6 units – Legislation and Safe Working

    Practices, Animal Health and Welfare, Animal Environment and Accommodation, Introduction to Patient Care, Introduction to Animal Anatomy and Physiology and Veterinary Care Support.

    The qualification supports the apprentices in learning the required skills, knowledge and behaviours required for their end point assessment.

  • Course assessment

    The apprentice will attend college one day a week.

    There is no mandatory qualification attached to this standard, however we will be offering a level 2 certificate in veterinary care support, which the apprentice will work towards alongside a range of knowledge, skills and behaviours associated with the job role. They will also be required to achieve level 1 English and Maths (GCSE Grade 3 or D) and take the test for level 2 English and Maths prior to taking the end-point assessment.

  • Benefits to employers

    Hiring an apprentice is a productive and effective way for any organisation to grow talent and develop a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce. Hiring an apprentice can help you improve productivity and reduce staff turnover.

    There’s a wide selection of apprenticeships available, covering lots of different job roles to help you choose a qualification that quits your business needs. This helps you match the skills of the employees to the skills that you need.

    Fees

    If you have less than 50 staff and the apprentice is between 16-18 then the apprenticeship will be fully funded, you will only need to pay for the apprentice’s wages. If you choose to recruit an apprentice who is 19 or above you will be required to pay 5% of the cost of the apprenticeship (the government will fund 95%)

    If you are a large employer with 50+ staff you will be required to fund 5% of the apprenticeships costs regardless of the age of the learner.

    Employers with a wage bill of over £3 million will pay the cost of the apprenticeship through the apprenticeship levy.

  • Benefits to apprentices

    As an apprentice you will work alongside experienced, skilled staff, you will gain job-specific skills and training, you will earn a wage and get holiday pay whilst you train.

    The Government is committed to ensuring that everyone is able to benefit from the life changing opportunities of an apprenticeship. Apprenticeships are opening the door to professions that used to only be an option for people with a traditional degree.

    Apprenticeships are more than just another way to gain a qualification and can give you the skills you need to progress your career.

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