Groom Room S First Apprentices Do It In Style



Groom Room’s first apprentices do it in style
20th March 2017

By Karen Pickwick

An initial group of 14 apprentices have now completed their apprenticeship programme with The Groom Room – and 10 of them have being given permanent employment as grooming stylists within the Pets at Home business.

The scheme sees trainee stylists work towards a City and Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Work-Based Animal Care (Grooming Pathway) and a Level 2 Diploma in Animal Care (Dog Grooming). Each apprentice completes the scheme as a fully-qualified grooming stylist and the intention is to offer a permanent position within one of the 260 plus Groom Room salons nationwide.

Jo Fuller, group apprenticeship project manager at Pets at Home, said: “At Pets at Home we’re passionate about the development and training of our colleagues through every stage of their career, so the apprenticeship programme is a natural fit. We are proud to be able to offer opportunities for people to start a career where they will be given first class training, be nurtured and supported, with the offer of a permanent role at the end.”

Ellie Winston, 21, a current apprentice at the Gateshead store in the North East, said: “I chose to apply for the scheme after leaving a call centre role I wasn’t passionate about and wanting to make the most of my love of animals. I entered onto the scheme with no previous experience and found that learning for an entire year while still earning money, provided the security and progression I was after.

“My partner is an apprentice within the finance sector and we both feel apprenticeships are the easiest way to progress up the career ladder.” 

The programme runs for a year and a day, during which time apprentices are required to complete internal training, which includes hands-on experience and practical assessments.

The Pets at Home grooming apprenticeships are currently available only within England although there are plans to roll them out across the UK.