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.