As employers within the industry, many of you will be familiar with the struggle to find and retain ‘trainee level’ talent, due to inexperience or a sheer lack of understanding of the role of an Animal Technician and the career potential that comes along with it. This leads to newly inducted staff leaving the career within their first few months. Poor staff retention is disruptive with both money and time being wasted. ATDP is an employer solution to put and end to unsustainable new recruits.
Better trained and ‘Quality’ animal technicians
We noticed a huge gap in the market for temporary workers who are both motivated to learn or able to learn with the right support (I mean who is responsible for temporary workers development?!). This was hard to balance as temporary workers, as they are often seen as an ‘extra pair of hands’. This means that temps do not always receive the right training to set them up for a good start. By training and developing the ATDP techs, we are ensuring they are voluntarily jumping through loops. ATDPS are unpaid to prove themselves and dedicate their own time, showing their commitment levels to the career from day 1. ATDP weeds out the unmotivated workers before they step into the classroom let alone a unit!
Employers were fed up of paying for trainees who have come off the back of a job board, who have no real training or motivation. Motivation and behaviours are hard to assess until someone is in the job. Temporary workers coming and going just causes issues with trust, reliability, wasted time, costs and resources. ATDP animal technicians are committed to learning and becoming animal technicians
Widened pool of candidates
Diversifies and widens the standard pool of candidates. This allows you to obtain talent which may have somehow been missed off before due to a candidates lack of industry awareness, confidence or issues such as nerves during an interview etc. The ATDP process allows you to upskill typical applicants and for them to show their commitment and behaviours through an ATDP work placement.
CSR Objectives / Ethically Fair Opportunities
Evidenced through ATDP, as an employer you are ensuring that you are open and diverse in your recruitment approach by allowing applicants to apply in other ways like the ATDP. The ATDP partnership can be seen as offering opportunities to wider groups and allowing people to access vacancies with reasonable adjustments such as guaranteed interviews, online information workshops, working interviews such as the ATDP work trials. ATDP are disability confident and mental health first aid trained to ensure we can accommodate if necessary a learner as best as possible.