DOG-GONE IT! A NEW PET CAREER
DOG and cat owners are waiting months to secure salon appointments for their fur babies as Perth grapples with a shortage of pet groomers.
The surging demand for high-quality groomers has prompted the McGowan Government to introduce a new traineeship program which launches this month.
Students will spend one day a week learning theory on campus at South Metropolitan TAFE. The rest of the time they will be paid as they learn and train at participating salons.
TAFE pet grooming lecturer Candice Benning said the industry had been crying out for a traineeship program.
“There is such high demand for staff, any good pet groomer around Perth is generally booked out at least three months in advance,” Mrs Benning said.
“The best way for students to learn is through practical experience so they can learn bathing, brushing, clipping nails, de-shedding and everything up to full scissoring.”
Dog Groomers Association of WA vice-president Lexie Goldsmith said the 24-month traineeships meant students could expect 15 hours minimum paid training each week and provided employers with certainty about staffing levels.
Education Minister Sue Ellery said the Government was committed to providing training opportunities where there was industry demand.
Shaggy dog story: Candice Benning, a lecturer in dog grooming at South Metropolitan TAFE, and Lexie Goldsmith from the Dog Groomers Association of WA, with “clients” Bahlu, Zach and Mia.