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Designer Dogs, based in Barnard Castle, is looking to recruit a Dog Grooming assistant to support in the salon, learning every aspect of the job role. As time goes by, your responsibilities will grow with more customer facing roles and learning clipping and scissoring skills.

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Closing date: 28 Aug 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Wages explained

    Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

    Minimum Wage Rates

  • Working week

    30 Hours per week (Tuesday - Saturday), between 8.30am-5.30pm, days as agreed. Hours will be based on a 4 day week starting at 8:30am

    Total hours per week: 30.0

  • Expected duration

    12 Months

  • Possible start date

    06 Sep 2022

  • Date posted

    04 Jul 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

At the beginning of this apprenticeship, you will learn how to prep, bath and dry dogs ready for the groomer to carry out the required groom. You will learn about a variety of dog grooming products and will gain experience with dogs of all sizes, breeds and temperaments.

Full completion of this apprenticeship you will have the knowledge and skills to groom a variety of breeds and coat types.

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

You will have Level 2 in Dog Grooming. 

This apprenticeship is fully workplace based with occasional workshops at Kirkley Hall

Full completion of this apprenticeship you will have the knowledge and skills to groom a variety of breeds and coat types.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

A possible permanent job role as a dog groomer for the right candidate..

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Customer care skills, Team working, Initiative, Patience, confident, Experience around dogs, follow instructions, Friendly, Hardworking, Punctual, Reliable


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 9-2 or A*-E or equivalent) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 9-2 or A*-E or equivalent) Essential

Things to consider

This opportunity is open to all ages 16 years and over. You will be required to complete an initial assessment and diagnostic in maths and English as part of the recruitment process. If you do not have grades 9-4 or A-C in both subjects, you will work towards them as part of the apprenticeship. • You will be working with animals all day and be on your feet most of the time • You may encounter various temperaments of animal behaviour • Hard work in a warm environment, especially in summer months • Must be able to use initiative.

About the employer

Designer Dogs: We are a small dog grooming business, based in Barnard Castle, offering an exceptional dog grooming service to the local community looking to grow to meet client demands. We currently have 1 dog groomer and two part time dog grooming assistants.







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Training provider


Apprenticeship standard

Dog groomer

Level 2 (GCSE)

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