Dog Groomer apprenticeship is here!

We are delighted to announce that we have launched our new Dog Groomer apprenticeship.

The Dog Groomer apprenticeship is designed for those completing a full groom on a range of dog breeds and certain coat types; wire, wool, wool mix, or silky coats. This is a fantastic chance to gain a sought-after qualification that develops the skills, knowledge and behaviours required to be fully competent in this career choice.

Kirsten Dog Groomer Trainer Coach

“This apprenticeship is an amazing opportunity for learners to gain hands-on experience within a dog grooming establishment. This is an exciting time for the dog grooming industry and as a specialist training provider we are proud to have been involved in the creation of this qualification. This apprenticeship ensures that learners are gaining the necessary skills and knowledge to enable them to have a successful career within dog grooming.”

Kirsten Clements, Dog Grooming & Animal Care Specialist, Haddon Training

To find out more about what this involves click below.

Dog Groomer L2


  • How the apprenticeship works

    Throughout the qualification, every apprentice will learn the core apprenticeship components, taking part in monthly sessions with an assigned Trainer Coach, spending time learning and enhancing skills, knowledge and behaviours whilst at work.

    Time will also be given by employers to enable us to support and develop any required areas of maths and English with their apprentice, in preparation for functional skills qualifications, if needed.

    An end point assessment (EPA) then decides the final grade for the overall apprenticeship.

    The EPA consists of a knowledge test, observation at work and a professional discussion. These are all designed to prove competence in the workplace and all our learners are fully supported in their preparation for this.

    All our Animal Care Trainer Coaches are experts in this industry and will be on hand to support throughout the apprenticeship. They will check knowledge and understanding through a variety of methods including assignments, workbooks, tailored resources, and observations, before agreeing with the apprentice and employer that they are ready for end point assessment.

  • Employment rights

    We take pride in ensuring that all our learners are correctly looked after under employment legislation. All our employers must ensure that they adhere to the following:

    • Duration – Every apprentice’s contract of employment must last at least the duration of their apprenticeship, up to and including the end point assessment.
    • Days – Under 18-year-olds must have two consecutive days off every week. Over 18-year-olds must have one day off per week or two days off per fortnight.
    • Hours – Under 18-year-olds cannot work more than 40 hours per week. Over 18-year-olds cannot work more than 48 hours per week.
    • Rate of pay – Apprentices must be paid at least the government minimum for apprentices. This changes in their second year if they are 19 years or older.
    • Pay Date – Apprentices must be paid through the PAYE system and know when and how they are being paid, with receipt of regular payslips.
    • Time-Off – An apprentice’s contract must include details of annual leave, sick pay, maternity/paternity and other statutory requirements.
  • Employer commitment

    All employers need to be available from the very start of the apprenticeship to support their employee and commit to their training. We require them to be present at enrolment as we create the apprenticeship plan, as well as at our regular visits where the plan will be reviewed and adapted.

    Apprentices must be given time during work hours for ‘off the job’ training. This covers 20% of the overall apprenticeship duration to develop the skills, knowledge and behaviours they require to complete. It can include additional practical lessons, training with a Trainer Coach, theory work, or new learning with an experienced colleague and equates to around eight hours a week.

    Extra time during working hours must be allowed for maths and/or English support to enable apprentices to complete this additional work with their Trainer Coach.

    Alongside the employment rights that are compulsory for all apprentices, health and safety, safeguarding and other applicable policies must also be adhered to by everyone involved.

  • Entry requirements

    To apply for this apprenticeship, applicants will;

    • Need to be of school leaver age with a passion for this industry.
    • Have a strong work ethic and show respect and empathy for both people and animals.
    • Be punctual, reliable, trustworthy and diligent.
    • Value equality, diversity and inclusion in the workplace.


    As part of this apprenticeship, learners will also be supported to undertake maths and English Level 2 Functional Skills qualifications if they haven’t already achieved a GCSE grade 4-9, A*-C or a Level 2 Functional Skills qualification. All our learners will also develop their digital skills as part of this course.

    If still in full-time education; school, college, university, on another apprenticeship, or if unsure of suitability just contact our friendly team to discuss.

  • Career progression

    Choices are wide ranging and could include focusing on grooming by becoming a stylist or managing and/or owning a dog grooming salon.  The apprenticeship may also lead people to a different area of animal specialism, such as veterinary care.

We also offer a range of shorter dog grooming courses that may suit your needs. Click here for full details, or contact our friendly team and they will be happy to help.

Dog Groomer Apprenticeship 

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