Trade association the Pet Industry Federation (PIF) and Hadlow College in Kent have extended their joint venture and officially opened a dog grooming school in the Royal Borough of Greenwich (RBG).
The Hadlow PIF (Greenwich) Dog Grooming School will offer City and Guilds qualifications for dog groomers which are recognised by industry as providing the ideal foundation for those embarking on a career in dog grooming.
The school operates as a commercial grooming salon, as well as providing teaching to dog grooming students.
The venture continues the relationship between industry and education, which begun in 2015 when the grooming school sited at Hadlow College opened.
The grooming school has a reception area, outdoor kennels and indoor holding area, a large fully-equipped grooming room accommodating 12 grooming tables, a hydro bath, top of the range blasters and a walk-in wet room for bathing large breeds.
Mark Lumsdon-Taylor, group deputy principal at Hadlow College, said: “When we established our first dog-grooming school with PIF at Hadlow College in Kent three years ago, the venture was the first of its kind – bringing industry and education together to strengthen our students’ journey into the commercial world via PIF’s network of pet specialists. The huge success of our first joint venture with PIF has inspired this leading-edge new facility.
“The next generation of dog groomers we welcome here at the centre will be benefitting from teaching staff with the highest level of expertise possible in the field and the demand for a centre such as this is proof that there is a very strong market for qualified groomers. We only see this industry going from strength to strength.”
Nigel Baker, chief executive of the Pet Industry Federation, added: “One of PIF’s core aims is about raising standards within the pet industry. This successful partnership with Hadlow College provides unique opportunities for dog grooming students to access the highest standards of teaching within state-of-the-art facilities enabling them to be fully equipped with the skills and knowledge to enter the pet grooming workplace.”