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Animal Care

As an animal care apprentice you will combine working with animals, or a similar job, with training one day a week at Reaseheath.

If you are working at a grooming parlour, kennels, a cattery or at a vets and do not want to attend college full time then this programme could be for you.

You will develop your knowledge of animal welfare, care and health and animal handling, as well as learn valuable customer service skills.

We currently only offer the Animal Care apprenticeship at Level 3.

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Level 3 Apprenticeship

What will I study?

How long will it take?

  • 12 to 24 months depending on previous experience (1 day per week)

What qualifications do I need to start?

  • Preferably GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English and Maths

What qualifications will I gain?

Course options after this programme

Career options

  • Kennels or catteries manager
  • Pet shop manager
Useful information

How much will this course cost?

Apprenticeships are funded through government and employer contributions. If you are:

  • 16-18 working for a small business (<50) your training will be fully funded*
  • 19+ or working for a Medium size business (50+) an employer contribution may be required
  • Working for a large business or organisation (Payroll of £3m+) you training funded from your employers Digital Apprenticeship Service  Account

*small businesses who employ an apprentice between 16-18 may be eligible to receive a financial government incentive


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How do I apply?

If you have an employer and you would like to apply for an apprenticeship you can apply now online. You can also view our live vacancies or complete an online enquiry form and a member of the apprenticeship team will contact you.

For a step by step guide on the application process visit the how to apply pages on our website. 

Frequently Asked Questions

You can find out more information about becoming an apprentice or employing an apprentice by visiting our website.

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Student Profile
Bethan Roberts

Ambition: Dog groomer

School: Chester Catholic High School

Age: 20

An animal lover who has always wanted to work with dogs, Bethan has a dream job with The Groom Room, a canine grooming parlour in Chester.
The business offers a service for all breeds of dog and clients travel in from as far as Cumbria to take advantage of specialised processes such as hand stripping, clipping, grooming and bathing.

Bethan, a former Level 3 Diploma in Animal Management student at Reaseheath, spent her work placement at The Groom Room and so impressed owner Angela Mayers that she was offered a permanent position there.

A Level 3 apprentice, Bethan is continuing to gain relevant qualifications at her workplace and is regularly visited by our work- based assessors as well being mentored by Angela. She was introduced to dog grooming during her previous college course.

Bethan says: “This is a dream job for me because I’m earning a wage and doing something which I enjoy. At the same time I’m gaining more qualifications and practical experience which will help me in my future career. I also feel that I’m really making a difference to the business.”