Lantra is calling for veterinary nurses, their employers and veterinary organisations to take part in a consultation to help ensure they meet their needs.
Lantra, the Sector Skills Council for environmental and land-based industries, is calling for veterinary nurses, their employers and veterinary organisations to take part in a consultation to help ensure they meet their needs.
Jo-Anne Bryan, project manager for apprenticeship frameworks at Lantra, said: “Lantra is responsible for designing apprenticeships and for ensuring they meet employers’ needs so veterinary practices can continue to benefit from this type of training scheme.
The veterinary nursing apprenticeship is being revised and it is likely the framework will look different to the current apprenticeship framework, so Lantra is inviting industry representatives to review and comment on the frameworks that set out what their apprenticeships will involve.”
The revision coincides with the introduction of a new national framework for accredited awards, the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF). All accredited awards must be either transferred or newly accredited into the QCF in order to be eligible for public funding in 2010, and this includes the apprenticeship framework.
Ms Bryan continued: “We are very aware that the veterinary nursing industry is currently involved with a number of reviews, in particular the review of the RCVS Awards in Veterinary Nursing.
“However, we do still need to review the existing veterinary nursing apprenticeship framework and we are working closely with the RCVS to take the apprenticeship review forward to bring it up-to-date and ensure it is fit for purpose. Well-trained veterinary nurses are more important than ever to businesses as they aim to meet today’s many challenges. Many businesses offer apprentice places because they understand the benefits that apprentices bring. They are a great way for employers to ensure their workforce has the practical skills and qualifications they need now, and in the future.”
The consultation process involves an online questionnaire, open now until Monday, January 4, where the qualification aspect of the apprenticeship will be reviewed.