Dog Groomer (Level 2) Apprenticeship

Company Details

Name: Gelert Associates Limited

Address: 3 Bengal View, NN12 8BD

Phone: 07726785115


Gelert Associates is a small family business set up in the South Northamptonshire countryside. The centre comprises of two businesses, Waggy Tales Dog Day Care and the Ruff to Puff do grooming salon.

Job Details

Job location: Northamptonshire | West Midlands

Role: Dog Grooming

Position: Apprentice

Salary: Up to £9,999

Closes in: 11 days (Tuesday 30 April 2024)

Job Description:

Dog Groomer (Level 2) Apprenticeship

Job Specification

 We have a new opportunity to earn as you learn with an apprenticeship at our canine care business in Old Stratford.

As part of the Waggy Tales dog day care centre we have our own purpose built Dog Grooming salon.

We are looking to employ a new apprentice student for a Level 2 dog grooming qualification. This is a very physically demanding position but one which offers great rewards for the right person. Our facility provides a unique working environment in the South Northamptonshire countryside working with all breeds of dogs.

A dog groomer requires a high level of confidence, good communication skills with a strong understanding of dog behaviour and along with this comes a high level of responsibility. You will need to be reliable, hardworking with excellent time management skills, with the ability to discuss with clients their requirements. Along with being creative, patient, tolerant with good presentation skills. We have very high standards and as such are looking for a special dog loving person to provide the very best care for the dog and rewarding experience for the customer to fulfil this role.

Applicants are required to be fit and active, able to use their initiative as well as take direction and follow instructions, strive for excellence along with being passionate about the care, needs and welfare of dogs.

The CAW course will be one day a week spent on line, no college attendance required. The course will consist of the following modules:-

  • Prepare dogs for grooming
  • Bathe dogs
  • Dry dogs for styling
  • Trim and prepare dogs for styling
  • Moving and lifting dogs around the salon
  • Cleaning the grooming environment
  • Professional practice
  • Breed characteristics and behaviour

 Four days a week will be spent in the salon receiving hands on tuition from our Level 3 trained Groomer and will support your academic course by concentrating upon the key modules.

 The on-site training will include:-

  • Prepare dogs prior to bathing.
  • Bathe and clean dogs.
  • Clean and maintain equipment used for grooming or removing hair from animals.
  • Control and restrain animals.
  • Dry dogs and prepare their coats for styling.
  • Basic trimming of a dog’s coat with electric clippers.
  • Move animals between locations.
  • Maintain the cleanliness and bio security of the animal care working environment.
  • Carry out reception duties.
  • Understanding of Breed specific characteristic.
  • Welcome, receive and care for visitors to sites.
  • Handle payments from clients.

 The applicant for this role will need:-

  • To demonstrate passion for the welfare of all dogs in day care.
  • To strive for excellence in everything they do.
  • To demonstrate an aptitude for safe dog handling.
  • Basic dog breed knowledge.
  • The ability to work closely as part of a team as well as unsupervised.
  • Commitment to delivering a superior customer experience.
  • To be able to work on a flexible basis (hours/days), which will include Saturdays.
  • To be local to the facility and have a suitable system for getting to work.
  • To have no dog allergies or health conditions that would be affected by working in close contact with dogs.
  • Proof of identity and eligibility to work in the UK.

Education, applicants to be qualified to the following level:-

  • Maths and English, equivalent to a GCSE grade 4 (preferred).
  • Any previous dog experience (not essential)

 This vacancy is for a highly motivated very capable student who seeks to excel at this profession. We anticipate being oversubscribed and will be looking for an exceptional candidate to be an active part of the development of the business. We would like to respond to each application personally but this may not be possible.

The salary will start at £6.50 per hour for 30 hours per week Tuesday - Saturday. The anticipated starting date is around 1st May 2024. All course fees will be paid by the apprenticeship scheme and the employer.

It is essential that you have read and understand the specification in full before replying you’re your covering letter and your CV to the following address.

I look forward to receiving you applications.


Lee Matthews



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