Nescot’s Animal Care department is launching two new courses for September.
A Higher National Diploma (HND) in Animal Management will be offered, alongside new apprenticeship programmes.
“We offer a great studying environment with the chance to be taught by very experienced staff and to work with lots of different animals,” said head of department Adam Beral.
“Our students get great practical experience, and we have strong industry links with organisations like Chessington Zoo, Battersea Dogs and Cats Home and the Blue Cross.”
An HND is a two-year stand-alone qualification, but students can do a further year of study to ‘top up’ the course into a degree.
Units include animal health and welfare and a research project in the first year, while in the second year students can study animal nutrition, animal training, and employability skills.
Those taking the 14-month Level 2 Apprenticeships in Work-Based Animal Care can choose from a range of routes, from dog grooming or pet retail to specialisms in zoo or wildlife work.
Students must be working a minimum 30-hour week in the animal industry, and will spend one day a week at Nescot to learn the knowledge necessary to underpin their role.
The college will also send an assessor out to ensure the apprentice is learning the practical skills they need for the workplace.
“Apprenticeships are very attractive for business owners, because they offer a low-cost way to take on an employee they know will be well-trained, up-to-date with their knowledge and very able to do the job,” Adam said.
“For an apprentice, there’s great practical work experience, you get into employment more quickly and you don’t have to worry about tuition fees or student loans.”
Anyone interested in starting an apprenticeship at Nescot who does not yet have a job in the industry, and business owners interested in taking on an apprentice can contact Adam for an informal discussion by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or calling 020 8394 3281.
Nescot offers apprenticeships in subjects ranging from barbering, hairdressing and ICT to management, childcare and plumbing.