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Animal Care Assistant

Welsh Government
Meadow Vale Pet Paradise Meadow Vale Pet Paradise, Woodmans Terrace Ystalyfera Swansea SA9 2LR
£15,392 per year
Closing date
18 Oct 2021

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About the apprenticeship


• Preparing food for the animals.
• Exercising dogs and interacting with other animals to provide them with care and stimulation.
• Administering medication to animals where needed.
• Keeping kennels/pens clean and hygienic, changing bedding, sweeping out and removing waste.
• Undertaking general maintenance of kennels/pens/exercise areas paths and walkways.
• Administrative duties including keeping records of vaccinations, diets, medications and any other relevant specific needs or behaviour problems.

Additional information

• There are two different shifts. Early: 7am - 3pm and Late: 12.30pm - 8.30pm
• Shifts are organised on a rota basis to cover seven days a week and all the hours required.
• A great deal of the working day is spent outdoors, in all weathers.
• The work involves regular dog walking and bending to clean out kennels and pens.
• Animal accommodation areas can occasionally be noisy and strong smelling.
• General maintenance work can include tasks such as pressure washing, weeding, painting etc.
• Administrative duties can include filing and monitoring of records to ensure that details are up to date.



• Drivers license and own transport essential.
• Be knowledgeable on how to care for dogs, cats, and small pets.
• Be caring and patient.
• Be reliable and able to act on their own initiative.
• Be able to calm anxious and nervous animals.
• Have stamina and fitness for physical tasks.
• Be practical and prepared to deal with dirt and waste.
• Have good communication skills.
• Work well as part of a team and independently.


Essential - 5 GCSEs including English and Mathematics
Essential - Drivers license and own transport
Desirable - Btec qualification or similar in Animal Care/Management


Welsh Spoken Skills: No Welsh Written Skills: No

Course details

Business Administration

About the employer

Meadow Vale Pet Paradise Meadow Vale Pet Paradise, Woodmans Terrace

Disability confident

No, we are not part of the Disability Confident Scheme from the UK Department for Work and Pensions.

Please note that all apprenticeships are open to everyone. However, some organisations have worked to achieve Disability Confident accreditation. You should always apply for the apprenticeship you feel best suited to.

Interview arrangements

To be held in conjunction with Bridgend College


Why an apprenticeship?

As an apprentice you will earn while you train. It’s a great career choice whether you are leaving school or college, returning to work after starting a family or looking for a new career. There’s a wide range of jobs on offer.  A job at the Welsh Government is unlike any other in Wales.

At the Welsh Government you’ll be given support and guidance so you can develop your skills in the workplace. You will also need to set aside time to study for your apprenticeship. You’ll be a valued member of the team from day one.

What apprenticeships are available?

We don’t currently have any apprenticeship opportunities open as we have now closed our scheme for 2019. If you’d like to keep updated on the vacancies that we’re advertising, you may want to visit our jobs board:  Welsh Government External Vacancies Board.

If you’d like to receive Job Alert e-mails that let you know when we’re advertising a role that suits your preferences, scroll to the bottom of the jobs board, and you’ll see the ‘Create Job Alert’ link.  Click this, and follow the on-screen instructions to set up your alerts.  You’ll need to log in or create an account as part of this process.

Who can apply?

To be eligible to apply you:

  • will be at least 16 years of age at the time of making your application
  • will not be in full-time education (you can apply while still attending school/college/university but will have finished or intend to finish your studies by the time your apprenticeship starts)
  • will need to meet the Civil Service Nationality requirements to apply.

ALS eligibility

Please note that ALS our training providers have their own eligibility in order to provide the funding required to undertake an apprenticeship. You may not be eligible to apply if:

  • you already hold a qualification at Level 3 or above in ICT, Software, Web and Telecoms or a similar subject
  • you already hold a qualification at Level 3 or above in Business Administration, Customer Service or a similar subject

What are the benefits?  

How much will I be paid?

You will earn £19,240 a year while training. When you pass your apprenticeship you can apply for a permanent job at the Welsh Government. Within 2 years of starting your apprenticeship you could be earning £22,500. 

You will get 31 days holidays as well as 10 public and privilege days. We offer flexible working arrangements to help you get the right work/life balance. You will also be eligible for membership of the Civil Service Pension Scheme

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