Practical Instructor - Animal Industry Skills

Vacancy Filler
London (Greater)
10 Oct 2018
14 Oct 2018
Contract Type
Full Time
Practical Instructor Animal Industry Skills

Full Time

Gunnersbury Park

(£21,342 to £25,562) per annum

Our client is the only College in London that aims to deliver outstanding and inspirational land-based learning opportunities across the Greater London region. Our most recent Ofsted report rated the College “good” with good effectiveness of leadership and management. Aspiring to excellence, the College has an excellent reputation for quality, is financially strong and has continuous growth in student numbers. Fundamental to the College’s forward-thinking strategy is support for the environment and food supply in Greater London and the southeast.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced Practical Instructor for Animal Care Industry Skills

The successful candidate will deliver practical sessions for a range of students to gain industry skills within the animal care department. Providing day-to-day care for a wide range of animals kept by the College. Supporting and resourcing the teaching of animal care including maintaining practical facilities and animal areas.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

* Undertaking and providing demonstrations and technical instruction of students attending Capel Manor on a range of full-time, part-time and short courses at the direction of the Head of School in animal management. Instruction to students undertaking practical animal care and industry skills from entry level to level 3.
* Carrying out practical assessments of students in line with awarding body requirements completing all necessary records. Undertaking the assessment of students’ practical abilities according to criteria laid down by BTEC, City & Guilds and the National Vocational Qualifications standards.
* Maintain up-to-date schemes of work and lesson plans for each course, liaising with animal care Lecturers as to student progress and with regard to schemes of work and assessment criteria.
* Liaising with members of the teaching staff to co-ordinate demonstration sessions and ensure the smooth transition between classroom studies and practical sessions.
* Assisting with the supervision of students allocated to practical projects and provision of technical assistance and advice as required when carrying out practical sessions.
* Ensuring that all requirements and regulations relating to health and safety are adhered to at all times. Responsible for ensuring that the health and safety of students is maintained whilst undertaking practical sessions. Includes undertaking and recording risk assessments.
* Providing the day-to-day routine care of the College’s animal stock to include cleaning out of accommodation, provision of feed, water, bedding, nesting material, and daily health checks. Supporting and resourcing the teaching of animal care including maintaining practical facilities.
* Completing records relating to routine animal care, reporting any abnormalities or problems to Supervisor/Line Manager as appropriate.

Required Skills and Experience:

* Experience of caring for a range of rodents, exotic animals, birds and farm-stock on a day-to-day basis
* Experience of working with learners or the public, demonstrating good principles of “Customer Focus and Care”.
* Level 3 qualification or higher in an animal care discipline e.g. City & Guilds or BTEC Diploma / Extended Diploma. Willingness to work towards a DTTLS Teaching qualification.
* Ability to instruct and assess practical skills in Animal Management and Care
* Good interpersonal/ communication skills
* Knowledge of correct hygiene and cleaning procedures for Animal Unit and associated areas
* Awareness of Health and Safety issues with regard to own duties and the Animal Unit.


This post is subject to an enhanced DBS disclosure and barring list check as it is within regulated activity due to the college being defined as a ‘specified place’. The College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff to share this commitment.

Where applicants indicate they have a disability and meet the essential criteria in the person specification, they will be short-listed for interview.

Pension scheme is LGPS

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please click on ‘Apply’ and complete an online application form.

Closing date: 21 September 2018

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