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What do you think about apprenticeships?

Anyone working with animals in the South West is urged to take part in research, launched today, 1 February 2011, by Lantra and VETNET Lifelong Learning Network South West (VETNET LLN SW). This cross-industry research will look at finding out how businesses, individuals and training providers regard Apprenticeships.
Lantra, the Sector Skills Council supporting people working with animals, and VETNET LLN SW, are undertaking innovative research, in the form of questionnaires and interactive focus groups, to find out industry’s views and opinions on Apprenticeships. This research is open to anyone working with animals including agricultural livestock, animal welfare centres, kennels/catteries, zoos, pet shops, grooming, veterinary nursing, farriery and horses.
Lantra’s manager for animal industries, Lisa Jarvis, said: “There has been little research into Apprenticeships in the animal-related industries. Although only focused in the South West, this research is the first step to find out why people choose, or don’t choose to support Apprenticeships.
Running alongside this VETNET LLN SW will be investigating how Apprenticeships are used as a route into higher education (HE), identify what HE provision is accessible to apprentices and measure the demand for this provision.
Lisa continued: “If you work with animals and live in Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Wiltshire, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Hereford or Worcestershire then we want to talk to you today. It is really important that you let us know what you think even if you don’t know much about this programme.”
To find out more about his research or to take the online questionnaire, visit www.lantra.co.uk/animal-apprenticeship-research, call 07867 908205 or email lisa.jarvis@lantra.co.uk.