Level 2 Assistant Pet/Animal Stylist Apprentice Pets at Home Ltd

The Groom Room at Pets at Home is looking for Apprentice Groomers to join our quickly expending Groom Room business. You will work alongside the Salon Manager and other Groom Room colleagues to ensure a high standard of pet care and customer service.

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Closing date: 20 Oct 2017

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


    Wages explained

    The current National Minimum Wage for an apprentice is £3.50 an hour. This rate applies to apprentices under 19 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year.
    Apprentices must be paid at least the minimum wage rate for their age if they are aged 19 or over and have completed their first year.
    The minimum wage rates are £5.60 an hour for 18-20 year olds and £7.05 for anyone aged 21 and over.
    Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that’s part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

  • Working week

    You will work 39 hours over 5 days out of 7, store opening times are as follows: Mon-Fri 9am-8pm Sat 9am-6pm Sun 10am-4pm

    Total hours per week: 39.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    14 months

  • Possible start date

    23 Oct 2017

  • Date posted

    02 Aug 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

Reporting into the Salon Manager, your responsibilities will be as follows; 

  • You’ll deliver the very highest standard of pet care, your main responsibility will be the prepping and bathing of pets, as well as clipping their nails in preparation for the Stylist/Salon Manager to carry out the required groom.
  • You will exceed our customers’ expectations by delivering Pawsitively Outrageous Service.
  • Your excellent communication skills will be fully utilised as you will be dealing with customers and their pets on a daily basis.
  • You will assist in ensuring excellent salon presentation is maintained and high standards are kept through cleanliness, safety and good standards of housekeeping.
  • Our salons offer a great service every day of the week and so you will work 39 hours over 5 days out of 7.

We offer a comprehensive in-house training programme, designed to develop our Assistant Stylists’ grooming skills, starting with bathing and brushing skills, then moving onto clipping dogs and eventually developing scissoring skills, so you can style pooches with fabulous results every time!

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Strong dog handling expeirence is required for this role and confidence handling a variety of different dog breeds. 
  • Some practical experience of handling pets in a professional grooming or pet care environment preferred. 

Personal qualities

  • You will be a people person, have a real passion for pets as well as be a great team player.
  • You will be hungry to be part of a successful salon and you'll be proactive in your approach. 

Qualifications required

  • Must have A-C in GCSEs or equivalent.

Future prospects

The opportunity for a permanent role as a Stylist.

Things to consider

Groom Room colleagues operate on shifts, you will be required to work weekends and bank holidays as required. Grooming can be physically demanding work; you will be on your feet all day and will get messy and wet washing and prepping dogs for their groom. Pet Welfare is at the forefront of our business and you must be prepared to get your hands dirty in the salon. Important Other Information Training on the Apprenticeships Programme for 16 to 18 year olds is a priority and fully-funded by Government. Training for Apprenticeships for those over this age is part funded, with employers expected to make a part or full contribution. From April 1st 2017 the National Minimum Wage (NMW) for Apprentices is £3.50 per hour. This applies to 16-18 year old Apprentices and those aged 19 and over in the first year of their Apprenticeship. For all other Apprentices the National Minimum Wage appropriate to their age applies. The wage for Apprentices applies to both time spent on the job plus time spent training. KEITS Training Services Ltd reserves the right to close the vacancy earlier than the listed closing date should the need arise.

About the employer

Pets at Home are voted in the top 10, in the Great Place To Work (Best Large Workplaces) awards 2017 for the second consecutive year, and Number 15 in Europe in 2017! We have over 430 stores and over 280 Groom Rooms and are the UK’s number one pet care retailer.


Pets at Home Ltd


Pentewan Road

St. Austell

PL25 5BU

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Training provider

  • Full training will be provided throughout the Level 2 Animal Care apprenticeship.
  • Full support and training will be provided for any Functional Skills required, 

Apprenticeship framework

Animal Care

Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by KEITS Training Services Ltd


Rosalind South 07833 051434 recruit@keits.co.uk

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Closing date: 20 Oct 2017