Wisbech animal lover praises RSPCA apprenticeship for launching his career
An animal lover has praised the RSPCA apprenticeship scheme which launched his career and gave him his beloved dog Sonny whose mother was rescued from a puppy farm.
Sam Kiddle volunteered at the RSPCA Block Fen Animal Center in Wimblington for two years before starting a Level 2 animal care apprenticeship under the charity’s apprenticeship scheme.
Sam, from Wisbech, wasn’t sure what he wanted to do after leaving school and so the 21-year-old, who has always been an animal lover, decided to start volunteering at the center to see if he would enjoy the role. . It didn’t take long before he realized that was what he wanted to do.
He started his apprenticeship in October 2019 in order to obtain the necessary diploma to become an animal assistant.
Sam said: “I liked that you could take your classes at the center rather than having to go to a separate college. I’m not a fan of classes and being in front of a computer all day, but it was good because it was much more hands-on and it was based on real-life experiences rather than made-up scenarios, which which made things much easier.
“I would recommend the apprenticeship for people who don’t want to go to college, for people who may not like school but want a career in animal welfare.”
Sam completed the apprenticeship in April last year and since then has been working as an animal care assistant on a fixed term contract.
He added: “My favorite part of the job is when animals are rehomed. You see those animals arrive that are neglected or need medical help, but then you can watch them transform and find new homes. Just seeing their journey from arrival to relocation is truly rewarding.
On a typical day, Sam’s job is to clean the kennels, cattery and small animal units, make sure the animals have fun activities to keep them entertained, walk the dogs, provide them with any medications they need and to put pet details on the RSPCA website and liaise with potential adopters.
As well as providing him with the qualification he needs to advance in his career, his apprenticeship also allowed him to discover the spaniel puppy Sonny. Sonny was born in RSPCA care after his mother was rescued from a puppy farm. Sam spent a lot of time with Sonny looking after him in the kennels and the two became very close. Shortly after learning, Sam adopted Sonny and he is now part of the family.
In the future, Sam hopes to continue working at the RSPCA Block Fen Animal Center and further his career in animal welfare.
This National Learning Week, the RSPCA celebrates the many benefits that learning brings to the charity and to individuals.
NatWest Group has helped expand the RSPCA apprenticeship scheme with its £500,000 levy transfer. This means the charity has been able to provide even more opportunities for people like Sam to advance their careers and play their part in helping the 100,000 animals the RSPCA rescues each year.
For more information on RSPCA apprenticeships visit: https://www.rspca.org.uk/utilities/jobs/apprenticeships
To help the RSPCA continue to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome animals in desperate need of care, please visit our website or call our donation line on 0300 123 8181.