Frequently Asked Questions

What is a traineeship?

A traineeship is a skills development programme that includes a work placement. Ours typically last up to 12 weeks with 90 Guided Learning Hours tutor led delivery online (to obtain a City & Guilds Level 2 Certificate in Animal Care) plus 70 hours of work experience (provided by the ACP). All our learners receive additional full exclusive access to our LMS multiple choice training modules which helps our learners decide which career path is right for them along with knowledge on what to expect in each career path.


Traineeships are designed to support 16 to 24-year-olds or 25 years olds with an EHCP.  Trainees must not be qualified above a maximum of level 3 or qualified more than a Level 1 in an Animal related qualification (So that means up to and including A levels, Level 3 BTECs etc). For Example; If you have an Animal Care Level1 you would still be eligible, however, if a level 2 or 3, you would NOT be eligible for a traineeship in Animal Care.


We are now offering animal care traineeships for all animal related roles.

What are the traineeship benefits to employers?

  • It’s flexible, can be sector-focused and is funded by the government (ours is sector-focused and currently designed for animal care roles. 
  • Gives your current employees experience in training and mentoring
  • Allows you to design a programme that suits both the needs of your business and the needs of the trainee
  • Can help you increase capacity and productivity
  • Can help you develop a loyal and talented workforce
  • Allows you to help tackle youth unemployment
  • Is a route into an apprenticeship
  • Allows you to get to know and work with young people prior to recruiting apprentices
  • It is Safe! You will receive security cleared and occupational health cleared candidates!


Employers who make new work placement opportunities available will also receive an incentive payment of £1,000 per learner, for up to 10 learners per region. (So as an employer you can claim for up to 9 regions, so 90 learners as a maximum across the UK) More guidance will follow on this new incentive

What are the benefits to an animal employer?

  • Pre-trained candidates – They know what to expect, how to handle animals and their duties
  • No obligation – No obligation to keep a learner on past the work experience
  • Save Money – On recruitment methods and typical fees should you wish to keep someone on
  • Giving back – Promotes inclusivity and diversity within the workplace from the start
  • Upskilling your workforce! Staff can mentor, induct and train the new learners!
  • Create future Talent Pools – Trial talent and create free natural talent pools ahead of time (or just an extra pair of hands)
  • Security Safe – Our learners are all screened (social media/activist checks, DBS & health checks)
  • Peace of mind – knowing you have round the clock support and safe people coming in to help
  • Inclusion & Diversity / CSR improvement – demonstrates your commitment to CSR by actively being involved. You are addressing local community and social issues (great for bid/procurement credibility)
  • Information, advice and guidance – Advice available on how to recruit, support and sustain staff
  • Internal Staff ‘Inclusion Training’ – we can deliver this on-site/online to your staff
  • £1,000 of funding for each learner up to 10, that you host for a work experience. To use, however, you like!

What if employers want to keep or extend their learner?

By all means, employer partners are more than welcome to utilise the full ACP scheme by extending their learner for a further 12 weeks paid learning, however this would be optional.


In short – this would be an added bonus should an employer partner/hiring manager want to progress their learner into paid learning or offer permanent employment at the end but this is not mandatory


The 3 options are;

1.Keep the learner on for a further 12 weeks at the standard ACP temp rate (Not for Profit rate agreed)

2.Employ the learner permanently

3.Move and enrol the learner onto an apprenticeship (we are currently awaiting confirmation of our status due to the ESFAs new RoATP refresh, so cannot guarantee the apprenticeship will be with ourselves until this is confirmed in late 2021)

Employer & Training Provider responsibilities

When offering a traineeship work placement we need to provide:

  • A safe, meaningful and high-quality work experience (ACP offer the training content and will conduct the usual H&S, security and health screening checks!)
  • A minimum of 70 hours of work experience – but no more than 240 hours (again the ACP will arrange this based on what works for you)
  • Constructive feedback and advice to the trainee (we can deliver this on your behalf)
  • An interview for an apprenticeship or job in at the end of the traineeship if one is available (ACP will cover this with our pool of employer opportunities)
  • An exit interview at the end of the traineeship with meaningful written feedback if no job is available (again ACP will be responsible for this)
  • The traineeship is free to your business, but you may support trainees with expenses such as transport and meals, if you wish although this is not compulsory

What are the benefits to a learner?

The benefit for trainees is that the training will prepare learners for work, including CV writing and what to expect in the workplace;

  • Support to improve English, maths and digital skills if needed
  • Sector focused vocational learning to help prepare you for apprenticeship or jobs
  • Recognition of learning (official government traineeship)
  • Social Skills
  • Testimonials
  • 96% success rate of finding a job in the industry after (based on ACP 2019 stats up to 8 weeks of leaving placement)
  • More inclusive way of finding a job based on showcasing ability!
  • Access to ring-fenced vacancies via ACP
  • Funded Industry body memberships (paid for by the ACP)
  • Additional support for travel and food (*dependant on the employer)
  • ACP portfolio (Much better than a CV!)
  • Social Media tools to help with job searching!
  • We also offer workshops on ‘How To Get A Job in Animal Care!’
  • Safeguarding, Mental Heath support and Reasonable Adjustment Assessments (To ensure you have a live record of adjustments to go into a work placement! You can keep this once you leave the programme too!)