Level 2 Animal Care & Welfare Assistant Apprenticeship at Branscombe Kennels & Cattery, Shaftesbury Branscombe Kennels & Cattery

Branscombe Kennels & Cattery are looking to recruit someone who loves dogs and cats to train as an attentive and caring Kennel Assistant, and to oversee the well-being of the animals in our care. Ensuring that the animals have ample fresh food as required, as well as fresh water at all times.

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Closing date: 29 Sep 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Plus opportunity for overtime.

    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

    Monday - Friday, 8.00am - 5.00pm, and weekends if required.

    Total hours per week: 35.0

  • Expected duration

    13 Months

  • Possible start date

    09 Oct 2023

  • Date posted

    07 Sep 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

Apprentice Responsibilities include but not limited to:

  • Ensuring that the animals have ample fresh food as required, as well as fresh water at all times
  • Cleaning routines; including removing animal waste, spilled food, hair, and other debris from the kennels
  • Disposing of rubbish in a timely manner
  • Walking dogs
  • Playing with and administering care to dogs and cats
  • Calming animals which are in distress
  • Reporting significant changes or concerns to the supervisor on duty
  • Helping animals if an emergency occurs

Apprentice Requirements:

  • An interest in animals, and dogs and cats in particular
  • Desire to follow a career working with animals
  • Previous experience caring for animals would be advantageous
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • A passion for animal welfare
  • Able to arrange daily transport to and from Stour Row, near Shaftesbury, as required

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

  • Animal Care & Welfare Assistant Level 2 apprenticeship Standard
  • Functional Skills in English and maths if required
  • End Point Assessment: Practical Assessment (50%) Professional Discussion (50%)

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

  • Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship, the right candidate could progress for full or part-time role with additional training

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Initiative, Physical fitness


GCSE or equivalent English and/or maths (Grade A*-C/9-4) Desired

Things to consider

There is no public transport provision in Stour Row.

About the employer

Animal boarding has been operating on the current site in Stour Row, just outside Shaftesbury, for over 50 years. Branscombe Kennels and Cattery consistently offers high levels of care for the four-legged members of the families, from all across Dorset, Wiltshire, Somerset and beyond.


Branscombe Kennels & Cattery






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Training provider



Philippa Bancroft


07917 923622

Apprenticeship standard

Animal care and welfare assistant

Level 2 (GCSE)

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