Level 3 learners studying Animal Care and other related vocational studies are busy planning their entries for a national competition to design and new animal enclosure for the Horniman Museum and Gardens, co-ordinated by Capel Manor College.
Lantra, NPTC City & Guilds and Edexcel are proudly sponsoring the competition, where the winning entry and runner up will be decided by a panel of expert judges on 2nd May 2008.
To date, over 70 teams have registered to participate in the competition, from 10 colleges across the UK. Designs for the animal enclosure must be submitted by 14th March, when six finalists will be selected to go on to the final round of the competition.
The design brief for the animal enclosure calls on learners to include cost; planned layout; themes; and, the animal stock to be kept - advising on their care and management. Entrants must also carefully consider the real constraints and framework within which the museum must work.
The competition presents a wonderful enrichment opportunity for students as well as priceless networking for college staff - which has already resulted in all kinds of ideas for increased links and interaction for the benefit of learners in the future.
The inspiration for the competition began with a request for help to Capel Manor College from the famous museum in Forest Hill, London, which wanted to re-vitalise its existing outdoor animal display area.
Dr Paul Bryant, Head of Animal Care at Capel Manor College explains:
'We've had a brilliant response to the competition so far and we're looking forward to receiving everyone's entries. This competition is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the talents of the many students studying animal care nationally, but will also benefit those learners who suffer from a real lack of opportunity to demonstrate their abilities to a wider audience compared with other vocational areas in the land-based sector'
Further details are available at
For more information please contact:
Dr Paul Bryant
Head of School of Animal Care & Saddlery
Capel Manor College
Tel: 08456 122 122 ext 205
Head of Learning
The Horniman Museum & Gardens
Tel: 0202 8699 1872