Dylan’s love of animals led to dream career

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Dylan Thorpe from Caerphilly has been working at The Meadows Farm Village Retreat, in Caerphilly for just under a year. He joined through Welsh Government’s Kickstart Scheme and progressed to an apprenticeship with Haddon Training and has quickly progressed in his role.

Dylan petting lama

Apprentice Dylan Thorpe at The Meadows Farm Village Retreat, Caerphilly

Dylan studied his Level 1 and 2 Animal Care qualifications in college but realised that being in a classroom wasn’t suited to him. After finishing his qualifications he started working at The Meadows and is now studying towards his Level 3 Animal Care apprenticeship.

Dylan, with 3 horses of his own always knew that he wanted to work with animals.

“I never wanted to be doing any sort of job where I would be inside all day. In college, only about 20% of my time was actually out working with the animals” said Dylan.

The apprenticeship route has enabled Dylan so much more hands-on experience and with so many different types of animals on the farm he is always learning something new.

Dylan does find some of the practical work more challenging but his trainer coach Rowan Flindall-Shayle and his manger is always there to give him the extra support that he needs.

“Being out on the farm, actually doing the work and then doing the coursework in my own time has been a great way for me to learn while studying my qualification.”

“After my apprenticeship, I am happy to continue doing anything with animals – I just love working with them.”

Find out more about qualifications in Animal Care and Equine in Wales contact Haddon Training.

The Apprenticeship Programme is funded by the Welsh Government with support from the European Social Fund.

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