Trainee Animal Technician paid Internship with leading employers via the ATDP Programme
·Are you looking to launch your career working with animals?
·Are you passionate about looking after animals and offering the best welfare?
·Looking for a role with brilliant pay, structured training and varied employer options?
·Are you struggling to get a job working with animals due to a lack of experience or don’t want to be stuck with unpaid, voluntary roles?
Did you know that new Animal Technicians will earn on average £20,000 pa – the highest starting salary of any role working with Animals (data provided by National Careers Service.gov website)
If you want to work with animals and earn a living there are very few career options open to you. Animal careers are specialised and in many cases the vast majority of animal jobs offer limited career progression, low or no pay (voluntary work) and without clear, achievable career goals. Based on the Government's National Careers Service an Animal Technician career within the life sciences sector offers the highest salary bandings and career progression. Animal Technicians are highly regarded, well paid and offered continuous training within multimillion pound animal facilities. They are well educated professionals with salaries starting at £15,000 to £20,000 pa rising to £40,000 pa with experience.
·The Animal Technician Development Programme (ATDP) links employers with college leavers and university graduates providing 24 weeks of Animal Technician training (12 weeks study based training and 12 weeks paid internship). Upon completion of 12 weeks basic training our prestigious partner employers work with the ATDP to complete your training within their state of the art animal facilities. Partner employers include academic institutions such as Cambridge University, charities including Cancer Research and world leading research organisations such as The Sanger Institute (to name but a few). In total the ATDP has 18 partner employers covering Kent, London, Surrey, Essex, Hampshire, Cambridgeshire, Suffolk, Norfolk, Hertfordshire, Leicestershire, Staffordshire, Yorkshire, Wales and Scotland. We will always match your application to a local ATDP programme with work at a local partner employers animal facility.
The ATDP programme has been created by employers specifically as an employability programme combining training, work experience and paid internships with the sole aim of providing suitable, enthusiastic and developed new Animal Technicians to employers nationwide.
·By joining the ATDP, you will have access to:
What can I expect once I have applied?
Note: as of October 2018 the ATDP programme has achieved a 100% 'In to Work' rate upon successful completion / accreditation of the programme.
Here's what some of our ATDP Learners have to say about the programme:
“I didn’t know where to start when looking for a career working with animals. Before the ATDP I was led told that the only paid animal related jobs were as Veterinary nurse or working in a Zoo. I heard about the ATDP from a careers talk at my college and immediately applied. I was overjoyed to be enrolled and worked through the study modules. Even though some of the questions were hard I was allowed to resit the module tests plus the ATDP trainers were brilliant – their coaching and advice really helped me. I then attended a 1 day animal handling course in London at a really smart animal facility. I got to handle rodents and speak to qualified animal technicians about what they do - it was amazing. I was then invited to attend work experience at the same facility and am now completing my final 12 weeks on the job training at another ATDP partner employer. I’m earning £8 per hour during this final 12 weeks training which really helps. Overall I have to say that the ATDP has been a fantastic experience – I can’t wait to become accredited and get a full time job. “ Angela M, HND in Animal Care
“I left University 18 months ago and was really fed up trying to find suitable employment – my parents and I felt that all my studying had been for nothing. Even though I was applying for all sorts of different animal related jobs I wasn’t even getting interviewed. I didn’t know anything about working as an Animal Technician before I came across the Animal Technician Development Programme on the internet. The programme allowed me to learn about the work before I even stepped foot in an Animal Unit and for me it’s been a really worthwhile. I’m now employed full time in an Animal Unit earning just over £20k and work with the most amazing bunch of people. I absolutely love my job and cannot recommend the programme enough.” Michael S, Zoology degree graduate
Entry criteria to apply:
Once you have completed your online and on the job training, your daily duties as an Animal Technician and Animal Technologist include:
Providing your aim is to work with animals and you meet our requirements this programme is designed for you – our ATDP employer partners are looking to develop tomorrows future Animal Technicians. ALL training is provided cost-free providing you are willing to train and can commit to remaining available for Animal Technician employment opportunities for 12 weeks post study accreditation.
Apply now to start your career as an Animal Technician or Animal Technologist.
Please Note: ATDP is delivered throughout the UK, Scotland and Wales with a new intake every 12 weeks, so please feel free to ask for more information as to when and where the next programme is being run.
ATDP is proud to be an equal opportunities employer and is committed to creating a diverse environment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age or veteran status.