Animal Care Assistant Apprentice Lower Mill Boarding Kennels & Cattery

Lower Mill Boarding Kennels and Cattery, Pontesford Shrewsbury is searching for an Apprentice Animal Care Assistant.

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Closing date: 01 Sep 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

    Monday - Friday

    Total hours per week: 37.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    12 months

  • Possible start date

    04 Sep 2017

  • Date posted

    23 Feb 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

Lower Mill Boarding Kennels and Cattery, Pontesford Shrewsbury is searching for an Apprentice Animal Care Assistant. Reporting to the manager the successful candidates will carry out the tasks included:

  • Preparing food and feeding the animals
  • Keeping animals clean and grooming them
  • Exercising dogs in a yard or taking them for walks
  • Cleaning out kennels, pens and chalets, and changing bedding
  • Looking after animals who become ill or distressed
  • Answering queries from colleagues and visitors
  • Ensuring that animal enclosures are maintained

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

To become an animal care worker you will need to have:

  • A real interest in working with animals
  • The ability to handle animals patiently, gently and confidently
  • Good communication skills
  • A willingness to do dirty or unpleasant tasks
  • The ability to take responsibility for the duty of care of animals.
  • The ability to work independently

Personal qualities

  • Reliable
  • Good communicator
  • Good timekeeper
  • Can do attitude

Qualifications required

GCSE or equivalent in English and Maths or equivalent preferred.

Future prospects

It is expected that following a successful apprenticeship, a fulltime position will be made available.

About the employer

Lower Mill Boarding Kennels & Cattery is a family run business that has been caring for your pets for over 25 years. We are proud of our reputation for top quality care for your dogs and cats.


Lower Mill Boarding Kennels & Cattery






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Training provider

  • Level 2 Diploma in Animal Care and Welfare
  • Functional Skills Maths & English Level 1
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities
  • Personal Learning & Thinking Skills

Apprenticeship framework

Animal Care

Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Total People Ltd

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Closing date: 01 Sep 2017