Nearly 1 million people in the UK work with animals and for many young people it is their dream career.
Connexions Northumberland, in partnership with The Sanctuary Wildlife Centre in Ashington, gave young people the opportunity to spend time learning about the range of careers working with animals, from breading to zoo keeping and everything else in between, as well as getting some hands on advice from staff at the Sanctuary Wildlife Centre.
The highlight of the day for many of the young people was the opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the residents of the Sanctuary Wildlife Centre including a Barn Owl, hedgehog, snake and tarantula and learning how to hold and care for them.
The staff from the Wildlife centre explained about what they do in their daily working life and the highs and lows of working with animals.For young people who wanted to find out more about how to get employment, experience or training to work with animals, Connexions personal advisers were on hand to advise them and help them discover the different routes into the sector.
Denise Chapman, Connexions Northumberland Personal Adviser said “We have had a very interesting day. The young people who attended really enjoyed getting hands on experience with the animals and finding out about the wide range of careers working with animals from farming to zoo keeping.”
Careers and training advice was available from Denise Chapman and Community PA Glen Brewis. Both were impressed by the number of young people who were interested to find out more about working with animals.