The National Animal Welfare Trust (NAWT) was founded in 1971 as an independent charity, we are an animal rehoming centre for unwanted animals. The charity operates a vision and mission of promoting responsible pet ownership, educating on how to look after their needs and how to be prepared for what pet ownership entails. We are the first UK animal charity to implement the Open Paw programme, the aim of which is to provide the animals with the enrichment, training and social skills they will need to make them more re-homeable and to enable them to successfully settle into life in their new homes. It also aims to lose the concept of the animals being “inmates”

A KEITS Traineeship is an education and training programme with work experience for up to of 10 weeks. It focuses on giving young people the skills and experience that employers are looking for. Traineeships help unlock great potential and give work preparation training.

Assisting charity staff with many of the aspects of animal care. This may include dog walking, cleaning out of kennels, feeding and watering dogs, healthcare and grooming of dogs.

This Traineeship opportunity is UNPAID Work Experience as part of an entry to work course for those aged from 16 up to 24 years old who are unemployed and not in education.

You will be trained in practical tasks which will include the following: 

  • Preparation of meals for animals with special requirements
  • Assisted walking dogs
  • Cleaned out kennels
  • Taught enrichment toys to stimulate 
  • Experienced shelter vet and witnessed various consultations
  • How to deal with dogs that have different temperaments e.g. greyhounds must wear muzzles when walking as may attack small animals
  • Assisted being a barrier nurse for infected animals
  • Cross contamination with brushes and mops
  • Weigh animals
  • Health check animals
  • Helped socialise animals
  • Grooming animals.
  • Exercising and training animals.
  • Keeping the animal kitchen and general areas of the centre clean and tidy at all times.
  • Ensuring that any animal sickness or injury is reported directly to a supervisor.
  • Showing animals to members of the public.  

In addition, you will be working towards an Entry 3/Level 1 Qualification - Developing Skills in the Land based Industry which will include the following units: 

  • Health and Safety in an Animal Care Workplace
  • Working in Animal Care     
  • Caring for Animals: Feeding and Grooming
  • Cleaning & Maintaining Animal Accommodation
  • Applying for a job
  • Conduct at work
  • Making the most of work placement
  • Listen and Respond
  • Making Calculations

The traineeship work experience is part of an education and training programme that is focused on supporting young people to gain the skills that employers are looking for when recruiting. At its core is work preparation training, English and Maths for those who need it, and a high-quality work experience placement.

Are you eligible??

  • Are you currently not in a job and have little work experience?
  • Are you aged 16-18 and qualified below Level 4; or 19 to 24 and not yet achieved a Level 2
  • Think you could be ready for employment or an apprenticeship within 6 months, or less?
  • Motivated to work hard and learn

Training to be provided

Training will be provided towards Entry 3/ Level 1 Gateway qualification - Developing Skills in the Land based sector.

About traineeships

A traineeship is a course with work experience that gets you ready for work or an apprenticeship. It can last up to 6 months.
You can apply if you’re:

  • eligible to work in England
  • unemployed and have little or no work experience
  • aged 16 to 24 and qualified below Level 4

You’ll get:

  • a work experience placement
  • help with English and maths (if you need it)

You won’t be paid, but you may be given expenses for things like travel and meals.

Future prospects

Possible progression into an apprenticeship.




Working week

8am to 4pm, with 30-minutes tea break, and 45-minutes lunch break. Average hours 25-30 a week

Apprenticeship duration

10 Weeks

Possible start date

5 July 2021

Date posted

17 May 2021

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