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Canine Carer Apprentice
(Needham Canine Adventures)


Ipswich, IP6 8NZ

Course level:


Course Duration:

16 months

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Apprenticeship Wage



About this opportunity:

Needham Canine Adventures is a dog day care creche. We offer Day Care for dogs (generally whilst people are at work) and grooming facilities. It is a luxury unkennelled environment, (resembling a children’s nursery) where dogs play freely together. We have ball pits climbing frames, paddling pools, slides and wendy houses, plus lots of interactive games for the dogs to play. A fantastic opportunity for someone who has a keen love of animals to learn to be one of our Canine Carers and be involved in the everyday tasks in the creche. Applicants will need to have a natural affinity with dogs and be a true dog lover!

Duties include:

  • Contribute to providing a caring, stimulating, and safe environment for all dogs
  • Caring and general supervision of the dogs
  • Vigilance in supervising their care, well-being and entertainment
  • Ensuring a plentiful supply of water
  • Ensuring dog waste is removed immediately
  • Tending to the dogs thoughtfully, gently, and with care
  • Feeding the dogs correctly (measured and on time)
  • Dealing with any “special needs” dogs’, i.e. older dogs or some on medication
  • Paying close attention to the notices regarding dogs status such as an injury, recent surgery, or allergy
  • Careful and efficient monitoring of any changes or differences in dogs’ behaviour/temperament/condition
  • Communicating and working with the team
  • General cleaning duties, vacuuming, sweeping, mopping, polishing, washing up, etc.
  • All other miscellaneous duties that may occur on a day-to-day basis
  • Any other reasonable duties as the needs of the business evolve

You will answer to and work directly with the managing director.

Desired skills & Qualities

  • Trustful – held a position or performed a duty previously which details high levels of trust (at school if this is first position, i.e. prefect, club leader)
  • Efficient and thorough, paying attention to detail
  • Previous experience with dogs is required and details must be shown on the application
  • Friendly face-to-face manner and personable soft skills
  • Capable of communicating clearly with all members of the team
  • Outgoing
  • Able to follow written and verbal instructions exactly
  • Can prove your reliability, your attendance record must be exemplary
  • Highly committed to the dog’s wellbeing and happiness
  • Confident
  • You will be expected to demonstrate a calm approach
  • A natural love of dogs
  • A caring and professional approach
  • Proactive approach
  • Adaptability
  • Trustworthy
  • Punctual
  • Reliable

Desired qualifications

  • GCSEs (or equivalent) in English and maths is desired
  • Applicants must not already hold a Level 2 or 3 in Animal Care to be eligible

Future prospects

  • Further training and management positions will be available
  • Apprentices that excel will be considered for a permanent position


  • Full training to be provided by the employer and KEITS at the place of employment.
  • The applicant will be working towards and gain a Level 2 Animal Care & Welfare Apprenticeship Standard.
  • The learner will be allocated an industry specific training consultant who will provide both remote and on site visits throughout the apprenticeship.
  • The apprentice will work towards an End Point Assessment (EPA) at the end of their apprenticeship

Things to consider

  • Due to the hours and our location it is essential you have access to your own transport/can ensure you arrive to work on time
  • You will need to arrive ready to start for 8am and leave after the last dog at 6pm on working days
  • You will be physically active for most of the day. We pick up dog mess! We work long shifts and spend a lot of time running around after dogs which can be physically tiring
  • You need to be able to cope with the physical demands of the role as we are inside and outside in all weathers
  • KEITS Training Services Ltd reserves the right to close the vacancy earlier than the listed closing date should the need arise
  • The apprentice will be working to build a portfolio of evidence and will be required to pass a knowledge test and an End Point Assessment (EPA) to complete the apprenticeship.
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