Animal magic on trip to award-winning zoo

Published: April 4, 2018

Telford College students got chance to learn about the workings of one of Britain’s biggest zoos when they went behind the scenes to meet staff.
The 15 students, who are on a BTEC in business course, spent half a day at Chester Zoo, which has 21,000 animals spread across 125 acres.
Lynn Gidion, a tutor at the college’s King Street campus, said: “The team gave students a very worthwhile talk on the human resources systems which are used at the zoo.
“We have a good relationship with the team at Chester and they support students with their skills development regularly.
“The information they shared with students about recruitment and selection fits in perfectly with a unit they are studying as part of their course and gives them real life experience of how they operate.”

The Telford College students at Chester Zoo | BTEC courses at Telford College

Chester Zoo currently cares for more than 500 different species – about half of which are endangered. The students had around three and a half hours on site, giving them chance to explore.
The zoo has grown into one of the top 15 in the world, and a highly respected centre for global conservation and research.