Become an apprentice

You will be given the necessary skills and knowledge to support your job role and your duties will include daily management of animal health, welfare, handling and supervision.

Successful completion of an apprenticeship is proven to increase the probability of gaining (or retaining) permanent employment. Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study. As an apprentice, you will: –

  • work alongside experienced staff
  • gain job-specific skills
  • earn a wage and get holiday pay
  • study towards a related qualification with your designated Heavenlyz Assessor, usually at least once a month

Apprenticeships combine a job, workplace practical training, self-study and training in the company of your Heavenlyz designated mentor and assessor. Your Assessor will ask you to continue with the study at home (away from work) and you will be asked to produce evidence of this study in the form of home based assignments.

You will be given the necessary skills and knowledge to support your job role and your duties will include daily management of animal health, welfare, handling and supervision. You could find yourself working in many settings and with a range of different animals.

Your apprenticeship will vary depending on your employer, but you could learn about: –

  • health checking
  • basic animal training
  • transporting animals
  • feeding, watering and exercising animals
  • advising customers and owners
  • maintaining a clean and safe working environment
  • coat care including preparation, bathing and drying
  • and more…

A level 2 Heavenlyz Apprenticeship takes, on average, 12 months to complete with a level 3 Heavenlyz Apprenticeship taking 12 – 18 months to complete. These timescales depending on the students’ ability and application.

Apprenticeships have equivalent academic educational levels, as follows: –



Equivalent educational level



5 GCSE passes at grades A* to C


2 A level passes

You can apply for an apprenticeship while you’re still at school and preparing to leave. To start an apprenticeship, you’ll need to be 16 or over, living in England and not in full-time education (we must confirm that you have left full time school before you can start your apprenticeship). To apply for an apprenticeship, search for an apprenticeship on our vacancy page and then send an up to date C.V. and a covering letter to us: –

  • If you found a specific vacancy, explain why you wish to apply for that specific position
  • If you did not find a specific vacancy, we will retain your details and try to match you when a suitable vacancy arises.

What will I get paid whilst working as an apprentice?

The following examples are minimums, employers may choose to pay apprentices more than the amounts shown.

You must complete a minimum of 30 supervised working plus training hours a week (and no more than 40 hours a week). If you’re in the first year of your apprenticeship, no matter what age you are, your employer must pay you no less than £3.40 per hour. If you are in a 2nd or subsequent apprenticeship year, your employer must pay you no less than the appropriate current national minimum wage rates, as follows (valid from 1 October 2016).

  • 25 and over (£7.20)
  • 21 to 24 (£6.95)
  • 18 to 20 (£5.55)
  • Under 18 Apprentice (£4.00)

The government increases national minimum wage rates from time to time and your workplace provider must adhere to those increases.

 Apprentices must be paid for the following: –

  • your normal working hours (minimum 30 hours per week)
  • any hours of training that are part of your apprenticeship (this excludes time spent in self-study or homework)
  • 20 days paid holiday
  • Bank holidays

If income tax is applicable your employer will deduct this before paying you (though normal tax allowances will habitually minimise tax on apprenticeship wages).

For instance, where an apprentice is 21 years old, they do not pay income tax, they work for 30 hours during a week, they train for another 7.5 hrs in that same week, then: –

  • If in their first apprenticeship year they will be paid £3.40 x (30 + 7.5) = £127.50
  • If they are in their 2nd or subsequent apprenticeship year they will be paid £6.95 x (30 + 7.5) = £260.63

What are the benefits of a Heavenlyz apprenticeship?

  • You will earn a wage
  • You will gain a FREE qualification
  • You will learn a wide variety of skills
  • You will be able to progress higher in the industry
  • Get paid holidays
  • Receive FREE training
  • You will be employed for at least 30 hours per week

What will the apprentice learn?

Your Apprenticeship will vary depending on your employer, but you could learn about various animal care aspects, including health checking, basic animal training, transporting animals, feeding, watering and exercising animals, advising customers and owners, or maintaining a clean and safe working environment.

How will the apprentice be assessed?

You will be assessed both with practical and written assessments; you will be expected to complete homework during your own time outside of normal working hours.

But most of your learning will be on the job, that is from other experienced colleagues and from your dedicated Heavenlyz assessor.

Where will my apprenticeship be located?

Depending on which route you choose will depend on where you would be employed, but ideally this would be near to your home in a workplace that deals in any one of the following: –

  • Animal Care and Welfare
  • Zoos/Wildlife Establishments
  • Dog Grooming
  • Pet Care and Retail
  • Animal Welfare Enforcement
  • Animal Training
  • Dog/Animal Wardens
  • Animals in Education and Entertainment
  • Service Dogs

Why should I choose an apprenticeship rather than complete a similar qualification at college?

Apprenticeships are designed for younger people wishing to upskill. These are work based qualifications meaning that you gain significantly more working experience than you would at college, you will ‘learn as you earn’ and will work with experienced staff to gain the skills needed to carry out the role competently.

Who can do an apprenticeship?

Anyone between the age of 16-24 is eligible for a funded apprenticeship (that is, you don’t have to pay for training) as long as they are not already in full time education elsewhere and they have not already completed the type/ level of qualification in which they wish to pursue their apprenticeship.

How long will the apprenticeship last?

A Level 2 (Intermediate) apprenticeship will take approximately 12 months and a Level 3 (Advanced) apprenticeship will take approximately 12-18 months.

Will I have to do Functional Skills and what are these?

Functional skills are essential skills in Maths, English and ICT and form a vital part of a young person’s life, learning and work. These qualifications an integrated into your apprenticeship and can be offered at Level 1 or 2. You may not have to do Functional Skills, this depends on your existing qualifications.

What qualifications will I get?

Apprenticeships have an equivalent education level –

  • Intermediate – Level 2 Diploma, equivalent to 5 GCSE passes
  • Advanced – Level 3 Diploma, equivalent to 2 A level passes
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