Employability & Support

 
So great job! You are nearing the end of having educated your students on their chosen animal related subjects. But, what now?

How do you ensure your students transition and move on into sustainable paid employment?

When and how will you cut off the apron strings?

How can you get them to start putting that well taught knowledge into the everyday practical real life experience within a workplace?

Maybe you are asking yourselves…

  • Are they ready?
  • Do they know how to conduct themselves in an interview?
  • Do they know how to conduct themselves outside of the classroom in a workplace environment?
  • Do they have adequate travel training?
  • Do they know how to report absence or speak up to be heard by an employer?
  • Do they know the importance of reliability and being depended upon?

Here at the ATDP, we cover off all these common issues by taking the time and most importantly, managing expectations with employers to enable room for growth. We are committed to enabling our learners to be able to practise and refine these skills via an ATDP placement.

ATDP animal technicians will not be thrown in at the deep end and expected to pick up work behaviours from day 1. (Although many of them do a pretty good job at it!) The ATDP team are here to nurture and support our learners during their transition period and will continue to do so throughout their 14 weeks within their employer partners sites. We call this dedicated ‘In Work Support’ which is administered daily through our ‘Culture of Care’ which is imprinted in everything we do on a daily basis. ATDP combines both employability skills, industry specific knowledge and on the job training all rolled into one!

What is employability and why is it important?

Employability is: “a set of achievements – skills, understandings and personal attributes – that makes jobseekers more likely to gain employment and be successful in their chosen occupations, which benefits themselves, the workforce, the community and the economy.”

We support key employability skills by heavily promoting and being advocates for change. We ask for this commitment within all our partnerships. The ATDP has 3 keys areas that we focus on primarily such as:

  • Working Well with Other People
  • Being Reliable and Dependable
  • A Willingness to Learn

As a result of the ATDP’s pre-employment support, most of our learners showcase all these skills within their 2 weeks work placement and are offered paid employment. Many of our learners have gone on to secure paid contracts or sustainable permanent employment with one of our partners

We also offer additional further employability skills if required for the following

  • Writing a CV or Résumé
  • Applying for a Job
  • Writing a Covering Letter
  • Using LinkedIn Effectively
  • Interview Skills
  • Learning Outcomes
Both learners and employers will receive a copy of the learning outcomes prior to enrolment. The learning outcomes are in place to ensure that there is a clear expectation and plan of what makes needs to be achieved to ‘study pass’ a learner along with a further ‘fully work ready accredited’ animal technician. This helps manage both the learners and employers expectations. There is also an in work training log which we require all learners to complete to achieve full accreditation status. Learners have round the clock 24/7 support to them. Learners will also be well looked after by an experienced trainer who is qualified and able to teach. We only use trainers who have ‘life experience’ within the actual role of an animal technician previously, We feel this is important to ensure our learners do not receive just ‘text book’ training. Real life work experiences and an understanding of all areas of the role is key within the ATDP training programme

Workshops

Book in for a free Student ‘Information & Ethics Workshop’

We offer a range of workshops to educational partners. We have delivered many of these and as a result we are prepared to conduct a range of workshops to suit your students’ needs.

Workshops we can offer:

15 minute

‘Becoming an Animal Technician’

30 minutes

‘Animal Technician Career’

45 minute

‘Animals in Research, Ethics and Career path for an animal technician’

1-2 hour
Full workshop

‘Animals in research, the ethics, industry overview and career path as an ATDP Animal Technician’

All our workshops are delivered by Josefine Woodley who is an experienced animal technician. Josefine is qualified to teach and has had experience of doing so for many years. Josefines knowledge and experience brings the career option to life using real life experiences. We can cover a range of topics and are more than happy to discuss tailoring this to suit the syllabus or needs of the students.

The typical things we tend to cover during our workshops are:

  • Open discussion on the topic of medical Research, the facts, the ethics and the why?
  • Animals in research latest STATS and official figures
  • Who are S3 Science?
  • What is the ATDP?
  • What are the ATDP programme objectives?
  • Employability – What is it and how can we support you as a student?
  • Why did we create ATDP?
  • Talk with a real life ATDP accredited learner who is now in paid employment (If available on the day)
  • Becoming an Animal Technician – Why, what to expect, the benefits etc..
  • The industry body & Regulators – IAT, ASPA UAR, Openness Concordat etc..
  • How long does the ATDP take, what does it cover?
  • Testimonials from post graduates, students and school leavers like you
  • Next Steps – If you decide this is for you….
  • Talk with a real life ATDP accredited learner who is now in paid employment (If available on the day)
  • Becoming an Animal Technician – Why, what to expect, the benefits etc..
  • The industry body & Regulators – IAT, ASPA UAR, Openness Concordat etc..
  • How long does the ATDP take, what does it cover?
  • Testimonials from post graduates, students and school leavers like you
  • Next Steps – If you decide this is for you….

Book an ATDP Workshop for your students today!

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