Apprentice Dog Groomer - Stratford Upon Avon The Pooch Patch

The Pooch Patch has an exciting Dog Grooming Apprentice opportunity available in Stratford on Avon. Based in CV37. A unique company with an amazing atmosphere grooming a variety of dogs.

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Closing date: 26 Apr 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

    Your working week would be 8.30 - 4.30 weekdays. 9-1 every other Saturday.

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    12 Months

  • Possible start date

    29 Apr 2024

  • Date posted

    22 Feb 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

The Pooch Patch are looking for a bubbly apprentice, that can be kind but firm with dogs that come in for grooming. You must be passionate about providing an exceptional service to our clients, whilst ensuring that the dogs are relaxed. 

Your responsibilities will be: 

  • Assisting Groomers
  • Bathing 
  • Drying
  • Partially grooming
  • Lead on Preventative Canine Dental Care, Pooch Patch will put you through the Level 2 qualification for this
  • Cleaning equipment to high standards to prevent cross contamination
  • Liaising with Clients
  • Booking dogs in

No previous experience is necessary, but having experience in a dog related business is desirable.

This apprenticeship is based at the employer location and no college days will be required. You must be a UK resident or have lived in the UK for three consecutive years to apply for this role. The interview process will consist of a trial day. Very easily accessible location with public transport links.

The training you will be getting

  • Dog Groomer Level 2 Apprenticeship Standard
  • All training will take place within the workplace
  • Your dedicated trainer coach will visit you in person and remotely at work every month.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • Progression to be a fully qualified dog groomer is possible for the right candidate
  • Pooch Patch will put you through the necessary qualifications with full support
  • Possibility of being a full time employee after this apprenticeship ends

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Logical, Team working, Creative, Patience


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

Things to consider

No previous experience is necessary, but having experience in a dog related business is desirable. You must be a lively, confident person that is passionate about dogs. You can not be a person that is frightened to talk to customers. Time management skills are imperative.

About the employer

Whatever breed of dog you have we can cater for. All staff are at least City & Guilds Level 3 Qualified. We will always consult with the owner as to their requirements as some owners prefer a show style whereas others opt for a more practical cut depending on the dogs lifestyle. We offer nail clipping, wash and go and full groom including cut and blow dry.


The Pooch Patch





CV37 6RS

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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

Dog groomer

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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