Level 2 Animal Care Apprentice - Pack Leader Dogs Play Ltd

Dogs Play are looking for a hard-working apprentice to join their busy team. The successful candidate will be given the platform and support to develop their skills and launch a career in the Animal Care sector.

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Closing date: 28 Jun 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

    The successful candidate will work 30 hours per week. Shifts start at 07:00 and finishing at 18:15 (Mon to Friday) and 07:45 until 13:15 on Saturdays – (1 in 4 Saturday shifts). The contract is for 37.5 hours per week, to allow for training.

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    15 Months

  • Possible start date

    05 Jul 2024

  • Date posted

    23 Jan 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

Alongside the level 2 Animal Care Apprenticeship work, duties will include:

  • Supervision of dogs (all sizes and ages) Dogs Play work a single pack in the main, at a staff to dog ratio of 1:8
  • Feeding
  • Enrichment activities
  • Cleaning play areas and equipment
  • Customer service

The training you will be getting

  • All training will be provided on site during your paid working hours. Your day to day mentoring will be with your employer, and a combination of online and in person monthly sessions will be held with your Haddon Training Trainer Coach.
  • Functional Skills in maths and English if required.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • After completion, a full time position within the company and the chance to work for an award winning company, with training from accomplished people in this industry, may be available.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience, Physical fitness


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

Things to consider

The successful candidate will need to be comfortable with dogs and all that that entails e.g., picking up dog mess and working outside in all weather conditions. Before applying please consider that Dogs Play are in a rural location, so please work out if and how you may commute. Access to your own transport or lifts to & from work will be required, as public transport is unlikely to be viable. The best candidates will have some animal care experience; be a team player that gets stuck in and is happy to help; has good communication; and is organised and time efficient.

About the employer

Dogs Play Daycare is a Dog Daycare facility fully licenced by SDDC and awarded a 5 star rating to look after up to 48 dogs at any one time and has been open since the 2015.


Dogs Play Ltd





DE12 6RL

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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




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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