Apprentice gets to grips with unusual pets

George Alec Bamford is learning on the job
George Alec Bamford is learning on the job

A SHOREHAM teenager is hard at work understanding more about the strange and unusual pets people choose.

George Alec Bamford is learning on the job as an apprentice at Mayberry Garden Centre in Portslade as part of his BTEC diploma studies in animal care.

When not in the classroom at Plumpton College, the 17-year-old is based in the Old Shoreham Road pet centre of the family-run chain of garden centres.

He is pictured getting to grips with a Mexican albino axolotl, one of a range of more exotic creatures in demand by pet lovers in Sussex.

“We are pleased to have George, and his fellow students with us at Mayberry,” said manager Mark Brumfitt.

“They are discovering that cats, dogs, hamsters and rabbits make up only a small selection of what customers desire - the pet market has moved on in recent years and there is now a demand for more unusual creatures.”

George said he was enjoying his time and finding out about creatures of every size and colour.

This week is National Apprenticeship Week and up and down the country employers are being encouraged to take on apprentices.

Now in its seventh year, National Apprenticeship Week is all about raising the profile of apprenticeships among employers, individuals, teachers, parents and the media.

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