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Bringing Animal-Related Apprenticeships into Focus

More needs to be done on raising the awareness of apprenticeships in animal and veterinary related industries, according to new research published by Lantra Skills Council and VETNET Lifelong Learning Network South West (VETNET LLN SW).

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The report, ‘Progression to Higher Education from Veterinary Nursing and Animal-related Apprenticeships’, outlines the findings of recent research on progression routes to Higher Education (HE) in animal-related subjects. It is the result of collaboration between Lantra and VETNET Lifelong Learning Network (LLN) South West and research was gathered from 125 individuals, businesses, (training providers) and Higher Education providers in the South West region.

Lisa Jarvis, Lantra’s Animal Health and Welfare Manager said: “This research highlights the general confusion around advanced apprenticeships, as well as a lack of awareness from Higher Education providers on the suitability of apprenticeships as a progression route.

“The upcoming increases in tuition fees might increase the demand for training and qualifications to be delivered through non-standard and less costly means. Apprenticeships provide a different route into the industry, generating income for the student and providing additional opportunities to enter the industry and also to progress onto higher education.”

This research also identifies that HE providers should be encouraged to develop and publish an entry policy for apprenticeships. While there are currently alternative access routes recognised by universities from other vocational courses such as Level 3 Diplomas and the new 14-19 framework, apprenticeships are not always recognised or acknowledged and might not be considered by students.

HE providers are also encouraged to clearly state their institution’s position on apprenticeships as an entry route, even if this is to confirm they do not provide direct entry and to identify additional entry requirements.

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