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Apprentice is living her dream working with animals

Picture of our student JessJessica, 27, secured her dream position with St Helens College as an Apprentice Animal Care Technician, fulfilling her childhood goal of working with animals.

Based at St Helens College’s STEM Centre Campus within the animal unit, Jessica is responsible for the daily care and enrichment of all the animals. In her role, she ensures the animals are in good health and supervises the students when handling and feeding.

Before starting her apprenticeship, Jessica worked in the catering industry for many years and despite always knowing that she wanted a career working with animals, she felt a “little daunted” by the prospect of going back to college full-time to achieve a qualification”.

She said:

As a mum of two young children, going back to college to study full-time was a big decision for me, not having a full-time job and an income to support my family was a real worry.

Jessica spent months researching the right course and decided to attend an enrolment event at the College. She fell in love with the animal management department and shortly after applying, Jessica received a phone call from the Business Development Team offering her the opportunity to complete an animal care technician apprenticeship at the College.

Jessica said:

An apprenticeship appealed to me because I get to achieve a qualification while gaining experience doing a job that I love, but it has also provided me with the security of earning a wage.

She added:

This is the best role for me - I have wanted to work with animals since I was a young child, and to be surrounded by people who love animals as much me is amazing!

Upon completion of her level 2 apprenticeship, Jessica hopes to secure a full-time position in her current role and continue to progress on to the next level of her apprenticeship. When asked what advice Jessica would provide to someone considering an apprenticeship, she said:

Go for it! I am so glad I took the opportunity when it was offered to me, and I have never looked back. One of the biggest selling points for me was the experience you gain on the job. I have learnt so much in just a few months of my apprenticeship.

If you are interested in completing an apprenticeship or if you are an employer and would like to find out more about apprenticeships and how they could benefit your business, contact our Business Development Team on 01744 623521 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Picture of our student Jess holding a Lesser hedgehog tenrec

Picture of our Lesser hedgehog tenrec, Gizmo