Lantra, the Sector Skills Council for environmental and land-basedindustries, has announced an updated apprenticeship framework for theanimal care industry has been published.

The framework is designed to provide a more flexible approach to the training programme.

Available for immediate use by training providers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, the apprenticeship framework offers a revised structure after an intensive review with businesses and other industry professionals was carried out during the past year.

The document guides individual training in animal care and welfare, zoos/wildlife establishments, dog grooming, pet care and retail, animal training, animal wardens and use of animals in education and entertainment.

Jo-Anne Bryan, Lantra’s project manager for frameworks, said: “One of Lantra’s key tasks is to develop and maintain the apprenticeship frameworks, ensuring they meet the changing needs of industry professionals.

“The consultations with industry did in fact identify a need for changes to this apprenticeship to keep it right up-to-date, ensuring apprentices receive the training needed for the workplace.”

In addition to the full framework document, Lantra has also produced summaries for the apprenticeship framework, to help employers by providing a programme overview that quickly outlines the specific apprenticeship requirements.

Lisa Jarvis, Lantra’s industry partnership manager for animal care, said, “Lantra has constructed the new framework based on feedback suggested by professionals working with the animal care industry. The new framework should help apprentices gain the skills required by today’s employers.

To view or download the new animal care apprenticeship framework, visit

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