Level 2 Animal Care Apprentice for Boarding Kennels and Cattery Ash Farm Boarding Kennels and Cattery

We are a family run boarding kennels, daycare and cattery which operates all year round. We are offering an apprenticeship to work at the kennels alongside our team. We are a family run boarding kennels, daycare and cattery which operates all year round. We have 5 friendly dedicated members of staff.

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Closing date: 01 Jan 2024

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

    5 day working week. The exact days and hours will be discussed.

    Total hours per week: 35.0

  • Expected duration

    12 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Feb 2024

  • Date posted

    09 Nov 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

  • Cleaning kennels and cat pens
  • Socialising the dogs
  • Meet and greet with customers and their animals
  • Giving medication
  • Taking bookings from customers
  • Ensuring all welfare of the animals are up to a high standard while in our care

The training you will be getting

  • You will receive a Level 2 certificate upon successful completion of the apprenticeship
  • All active learning will take place within the workplace
  • Your dedicated trainer coach will visit every 4 weeks
  • Functional Skills in English and maths if required

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • Possible permanent employment if available
  • The kennels have a canine hydrotherapy and grooming parlour, in which apprentices are welcome to be involved

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Customer care skills, Initiative, Patience


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4) Desired
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4) Desired

Things to consider

No previous experience necessary, but must be hardworking and willing to learn.

About the employer

Ash Farm boarding kennels and cattery is a family run business situated on a 700-acre working beef farm in the heart of the South Derbyshire countryside between the villages of Ingleby and Ticknall. Our purpose built kennels and cattery are supplemented by a hydrotherapy unit, small animal centre, high security system with movement detectors, security fencing, CCTV monitoring and recording, and supported by a dedicated team of full-time staff and volunteers. We cater for any individual needs, whether young or old, including specific diets and medication, and even offer grooming services at reasonable rates.


Ash Farm Boarding Kennels and Cattery





DE73 7HW

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Training provider


Adjustments for experience

You could reduce your training time, or finish your apprenticeship faster, if you have relevant prior learning or experience. This could be relevant:

  • training
  • qualifications, like an NVQ in a relevant field
  • industry or sector experience


Haddon Training



Apprenticeship standard

Animal care and welfare assistant

Level 2 (GCSE)

Demonstrating experience

If your application is successful, you will have a chance to discuss your relevant prior learning or experience with your training provider and employer. You will all need to agree any adjustments to your training plan.

You should be prepared to show your competence, and evidence of relevant qualifications

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