Recently we announced the launch of our highly anticipated Dog Groomer Level 2 Apprenticeship, an unmissable opportunity for budding dog groomers to embark on a rewarding career in the industry. If you’re aspiring to a career working with dogs, you might ask – what are the benefits of apprenticeship training and is it the right path for me?
Studying a dog grooming apprenticeship is an excellent way to gain practical skills and knowledge, work experience and a wage – all at the same time. Not only this, contrary to popular belief, apprenticeships aren’t just for people new to a job! They are a great path for people at any stage of their career – from those re-entering the workforce, to those wanting to reskill or change careers. So, if you’re searching for a career you’re really passionate about, perhaps after years of working in a completely different field, studying a dog grooming apprenticeship could be your ticket to a new vocation.
Here, we explore more of the reasons why a dog grooming apprenticeship can be great path for aspiring dog groomers. Read on to find out more…
1. You’ll get paid to care for dogs every single day – right from the get go!
As a dog grooming apprentice, on-the-job training means you will benefit from having a regular income. Apprentices start earning a wage as soon as they begin their employment. The minimum wage for an apprentice in the first year of an apprenticeship currently stands at £4.30*, however many employers choose to pay more than this, and many apprentices’ earnings rise as they become more experienced and take on more responsibility. But wait, there’s more…
2. Dog grooming apprentices do not need to pay for their training
A dog grooming apprenticeship is a debt free route to a career in dog grooming. Not only will you be earning a wage, you won’t need to pay anything towards the apprenticeship fees. Apprenticeship fees are all paid by your employer! In other words, you will be able to gain new skills and experience in the workplace for FREE! What’s more – as a dog grooming apprentice at CAW you will be eligible to purchase a TOTUM card for just £12, meaning you could make big savings on many of the top brands, including Amazon, The Co-operative Food and Cineworld!
3. Our employer-focussed dog grooming apprenticeship covers industry recognised skills
Our Dog Groomer Level 2 Apprenticeship has been developed with employers in mind. This means you will be learning the skills that dog grooming employers really need. Over the course of your apprenticeship you will cover everything from bathing and drying dogs, moving and lifting dogs around the salon, breed characteristics and behaviour, preparing dogs for grooming – and much, more!
4. Apprenticeships offer real job prospects
Becoming an apprentice has proved to lead to real job opportunities for many. Research by the National Apprenticeship Service shows that 85% of apprentices remain in employment on completion of their apprenticeship, with 64% of those staying with the same employer.* So, if job security is at the top of your list of priorities, an apprenticeship could be the most secure way to develop with further education and training.
5. Classes will be delivered virtually, meaning there is no need to visit college
Our level 2 dog groomer apprenticeship is studied on a work based learning basis, allowing you to gain those crucial, hands-on practical skills needed of a successful dog groomer. This means you may start the apprenticeship at any time of the year, and will not be required to attend college for tuition. You will instead learn in the workplace, and attend weekly virtual classes and demonstrations, delivered by our expert practical skills trainers who are well versed in delivering quality online learning.
6. Experienced tutors and colleagues can help you grow into a competent dog groomer
A combination of workplace experience and online tuition from our experienced and dedicated tutors, means you will be mentored by colleagues and tutors with a wealth of knowledge each and every day! This will allow you to develop your confidence and practical skills faster; and make meaningful industry connections that will prove invaluable as your career develops.
7. Gaining practical experience can give you a head start in the dog grooming industry
If you’re a dog lover, chances are you jump any opportunity to interact with dogs; whether that is by walking your own dog, petting the neighbourhood dog, or offering to pet sit other people’s dogs. By undertaking a dog grooming apprenticeship you can put your love of dogs to good use straight away. This will prove invaluable when it comes to seeking employment in the dog grooming industry in the future.
Proving you have relevant, practical experience is essential to securing jobs and elevating your career in any industry, but no more so than in dog grooming. In a competitive job market, theoretical knowledge alone may not be enough to secure that all-important job. You have to be able to apply this knowledge to real-life situations in a dog grooming environment. Building up lots of practical experience with dogs is therefore a significant advantage and addition to your CV!
8. Completion of your apprenticeship could lead to higher levels of study, and give you the gift of life-long learning
Successful completion of an apprenticeship could lay the foundation for higher level qualifications, such as the Level 3 Diploma in Dog Grooming (subject to entry requirements) or related courses in behaviour and training. More than this, dog groomers can pursue continuing professional development in a range of topics including canine behaviour or animal first aid, allowing them to continuously improve their skills and stay informed about new developments in the industry.
9. You will be joining an exciting, rewarding profession with varied career prospects
With practical experience and knowledge behind them, many dog groomers are ready to take the industry by storm. From gaining a great job in a dog grooming salon, to setting up your own business or supporting other dog grooming apprentices as a teacher – as a dog groomer there are many career paths open to you, so you will be able to pick a route that really aligns with your career goals, interests and strengths.
10. An apprenticeship could give you a competitive edge
Look ahead to where you may be once you’ve completed your apprenticeship. You will be qualified to perform a range of dog grooming duties and be able to work towards higher levels of study if you wish. You will have the competitive edge of hands-on experience and skills learnt from on-the-job training. What’s more – your employer will cover the cost of your training. Put simply, you will be turning your passion for dogs into a career – and being paid for the opportunity to do so!
If you’re thinking that an apprenticeship could be the perfect way for you to turn your love of dog grooming into a career, start your journey with The College of Animal Welfare today! Our Dog Groomer Level 2 Apprenticeship can be undertaken anywhere in England.