A Seaham dog grooming salon has taken on a new recruit with the help of the DurhamWorks support programme.

Tails, based on Tempest Road, has experienced a period of rapid growth in its first year of trading and asked DurhamWorks to assist in the recruitment of an additional dog groomer to join the team.

Debbie Johnson, one of the company directors, highlighted the problems of taking on new staff due to the lack of trained groomers and the costs associated in training people.

Through DurhamWorks, Debbie was introduced to 22-year-old Yasmin Tomlinson, who is now working for Tails as a dog groomer.

Debbie said: “Yasmin loves working with animals but had been unable to find a job that suited her skills and training and that’s where DurhamWorks stepped in.”

Yasmin already had a level 3 qualification in animal care but needed more experience of working with animals. She managed to secure a place at Durham RSPCA to volunteer at their animal rescue centre, developing the skills and experience that made her the perfect candidate for Tails.

Yasmin said: “I love working here, fantastic staff, fantastic dogs a really lovely place. I’ve realised that this is the job for me.”

DurhamWorks is a partnership project between Durham County Council and 16 support organisations that work together to support young people aged 16-24 who are not in education, employment or training (NEET).

Tails was able to benefit from the project’s Learning Working Earning grant award, which is available to support training and development up to £5000.

Debbie added: “It’s the ideal opportunity to find staff that will fit your business and allow you to train them in your methods and procedures.”

Debbie and the Tails team is now looking forward to supporting Yasmin and how her role in the company will allow the business to grow more effectively.