Level 2, Animal Welfare Apprentice (LUM463/1218)

This is a Fixed Term contract for 15 months (12 months apprenticeship and 3 months EPA).

Level 2 Apprenticeship 

Apprenticeship rates are age-related:

Rates Age         Annual Salary

Under 18             £12,655

18-20                   £16,900

21+                      £22,359

We are looking for an animal welfare apprentice to join our team; the successful candidate will care for our animals in our animal care centre on-site at Temple Newsam and will also facilitate small groups of students in practical areas and support the preparation of practical lessons. 

The School of Animal Care and Land Management is a growing and aspirational department based at Temple Newsam in Leeds. Our team consists of a Head of Department, Deputy Head of Department, Programme managers, Course Leader, Teachers, learning support assistants (LSA) and Instructor/Technicians. Our team work to support our learners to achieve their full potential and achieve their vocational qualifications.

What You Will Do

  • Maintain high standards of animal welfare at all times by ensuring optimum animal husbandry.
  • Maintain high levels of cleanliness in the animal care centre.
  • Order consumables and equipment for the curriculum area.
  • Prepare facilities and equipment for teaching.
  • Maintain and organise teaching spaces in relation to curriculum need.
  • Facilitate small groups of students in practical areas.
  • Maintain 20% off job training.

About You

  • Have a minimum of a level 1 qualification in a related subject.
  • Have recent experience working with a range of animals.
  • Work well as part of a team and be resilient, adaptable and enthusiastic.
  • Have excellent communication skills and be happy working with people as well as being able to work independently when required. 
  • Have a level 2 in English and Maths; whilst this is an advantage however it is not an essential requirement as you can undertake English and Maths as part of the apprenticeship


There are plenty of benefits available to our staff members, here are just a few:

  • Annual leave entitlement - If you work full time, you'll get at least 27 days holiday plus bank holidays and up to 5 discretionary closure days at Christmas (pro rata for part time staff).
    • Support Staff 27 days (increasing to 32 days after 5 years service)
    • Academic 37 days
    • Senior Management 37 days
  • Generous Pension schemes
    • Teachers’ Pension Scheme 
    • Local Government Pension Scheme 
  • Memberships and discounts - employees can sign up to various membership cards and discount schemes such as TOTUM card (formerly NUS card). 
  • Travel and commuting - discounted travel available through Metro card, Northern Rail, First Bus, Arriva Bus and Cycle to work schemes.
  • Learning and development opportunities -  including staff development days
  • Employee wellbeing initiatives
  • Flexible and hybrid working opportunities - this will vary depending on role requirements

About Us

Leeds City College is one of the largest further education institutions in the country and is one of the biggest providers of apprenticeships regionally. 

We provide a vibrant and diverse learning environment, delivering excellent and innovative education which is supportive, inspiring and life changing. Leeds City College’s values put students first and are at the heart of everything the college does.

We are committed to lifelong learning and investing in our staff. You’ll have access to a broad variety of training and professional development designed to help you continually develop and grow. We offer a wide range of job vacancies, and our large size means there are always exciting opportunities to progress.

Join us on the journey to being the best that we can collectively be for our students, apprentices, staff and our stakeholders.


At Luminate Education Group we are committed to the safeguarding and welfare of all our students including children, young people, and vulnerable adults. We expect all our staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We follow the Safer Recruitment requirements and best practice as set out within Keeping Children Safe in Education statutory guidance. All successful applicants will be required to complete mandatory pre-employment checks which include an enhanced DBS check, online checks and must have two satisfactory references. Please be aware that it is a criminal offence to apply for this post if you are barred from engaging in regulated activity in connection to children.


We recognise, value and champion diversity & Inclusion. As we engage with a diverse student population we want to ensure we reflect that in our staff population too. For us diversity is about building happy teams, full of people that want to learn and be inspired by each other, by our different experiences and backgrounds. It is important to us that both staff and students achieve their full potential. Diversity is important to us, but inclusion is equally, if not more important. It’s not just about having the representation but also providing the people we recruit with opportunities and valuing everyone’s contributions and perspectives. Click here to learn more about our EDI objectives.

For further information about the role please visit the vacancies section of our website via the apply link.