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Dog Day Carer Apprentice
(Woofstop Dog Day Care Ltd)

Location:

Millbrook, MK45 2HZ

Course level:

Level 2

Course Duration:

16 months

Application Deadline Date:

30.7.24

Weekly Hours:

35 hours

Salary:

Apprenticeship Wage

Positions:

1

Accommodation:

None provided

About this opportunity:

Woofstop is a first class, purpose built, fully licensed and insured dog day care facility boasting multiple large indoor and outdoor areas. These are fully equipped to provide our canine customers with everything they need, every day, all year round. We offer a very structured day to ensure that all of our dogs and puppies experience the required balance of rest together with the right mix of physical & mentally stimulating activities. Dogs and puppies are allocated to groups according to different criteria, including, but not exclusive to, size, age and temperament. Woofstop also offers first class (home style environment) overnight boarding (day care customers only) – dogs spend their day in day care and then retire to their hotel bedroom. This is delivered by a current team of 9 friendly, knowledgeable and qualified staff providing the ultimate in, care and attention.

The role of Woofstop day carer is working within a team of 8-10 other day carers, and leaders, providing a caring, stimulating and safe environment for all dogs and puppies through play & rest times. At Woofstop we work to a strict schedule to ensure all tasks are completed in a timely manner each day and week. This is fully supported by training, coaching and documented processes and procedures.

  • Day carers make use of all the facilities and enrichments available for the learning, entertainment & relaxation of all dogs and puppies.
  • Working as a team when preparing all areas and managing the movement of dogs between different areas and activities.
  • Continually engaging with all dogs and puppies whilst re-enforcing good manners and basic obedience.
  • Conducting daily health checks on all dogs.
  • Effectively monitoring and managing any changes or differences in dog behaviours, temperament, wellbeing or condition.
  • To ensure every dog and puppy is continually happy and safe in the day care environment.
  • Keeping management aware of any & all incidents, injuries, behaviour concerns, welfare or health issues.
  • Working as a team to maintain a meticulously clean environment for both dogs and staff.
  • Effectively capturing and communicating (written & media) necessary updates, for customers, on their dogs day.
  • To be involved in the introduction and assessment of new dogs and puppies to Woofstop.
  • Where a day carer has the appropriate customer facing skills, the role may also involve taking in and returning dogs at drop-off and collection times.

Desired Skills and Qualities 

  • A co-operative, polite team worker with a positive and respectful attitude.
  • able to work using their own initiative and a practical thinker.
  • A good work rate – confident and energetic enough for a physical job.
  • Enjoys working outside in all weathers. Is organised, thorough and accurate in their work.
  • Good communication skills, written and verbal.
  • Can follow rules (policy & procedures) but also has ability to be flexible.
  • Willing to develop skills and knowledge.
  • Demonstrates a professional approach to own appearance and work areas.
  • A kind and caring nature.
  • Passionate about dogs and hold a genuine interest in learning about their behaviours and management of them.

Desired Qualifications

  • GCSE’s or equivalent in maths and English Grade C/4 or higher are desirable but not essential
  • Relevant animal experience is desired
  • Applicants cannot already hold a level 2 or 3 in animal care as this will affect eligibility.

Future Prospects

  • Once the level 2 is achieved you will be able to apply for full employment in the industry or a level 3 in animal care.

Training

  • 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

  • Must have own transport (or reliable way of getting to/from work) Woofstop is based in the countryside with no public transport links but in close proximity to Flitwick, Ampthill and number of other surrounding villages.
  • This is a physical job and applicant must be prepared, and able, to work in all weathers outdoors – playing with dogs, cleaning, moving. Uniform to keep warm and dry is provided (accept for trousers and footwear)
  • Some situations require fast reaction times, so vigilance and the ability to respond with urgency is essential.
  • 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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