ANIMAL-loving Cheshire students who graduate from GCSE and A-Level this week are encouraged to consider a career in dog grooming.
Considered a growing industry, dog grooming has seen an increase in demand since the puppy boom during the pandemic.
As a result, dog grooming salons across the country are struggling to keep up, with a Leftwich-based business encouraging young people to see this as a possible career.
The Ofqual-regulated award organization iPET Network offers dog grooming qualifications and invites aspiring dog groomers to register and be part of the growing industry.
There has been an increase in demand for dog grooming
As a dog industry specific award organization, the company supports training providers across the country by providing high quality qualifications.
Sarah Mackay and Fern Gresty, who run the business, said: “Any young school leaver who wants to become an entrepreneur or start their own business in the future should consider dog grooming as an area of interest.
“The demand for dog grooming has never been greater, and these millions of new puppy parents need to be reassured that the groomer they choose has a nationally recognized qualification.
“Unfortunately, due to pandemic lockdowns some grooming companies in the UK have not survived.
“That, coupled with the giant demand that others are experiencing, only means one thing – we need more skilled groomers.”
Nationally, since the start of the pandemic, 3.2 million homes have welcomed pets into their homes and in the past 18 months the number of dogs has increased from nine to 12 million.
It’s not just an increase in the number of dogs resulting in an increase, with 17 of the 20 most popular dog breeds requiring regular grooming or treatment.
With many people considering a complete career and outlook change in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, working with animals flexibly is an attractive option.
In the UK in 2019, 830 people received certificates in a level 3 dog grooming qualification, this number increased to 895 in 2020, but more is still needed.
To find out more about the iPET network, visit www.ipetnetwork.co.uk.