Yes, depends on the groomer. You have to find a place that perhaps needed someone to help out occasionally.
Spring break, Saturdays, etc.
Be prepared to start by cleaning and mixing shampoo, not touching the dogs much.
If you go in to see about a job, it would be helpful to have a resume of sorts, to list your experience with animals, your goals and your desire to work hard.
Also know you will most likely have to work for a while as a volunteer, the reason being so many people think grooming is one thing, then find out they are getting wet, and hairy, and cleaning poop and pee sometimes, that there is a lot of lifting and other things that do not really involve playing with dogs.
If you are willing to volunteer for a while, find out how long; until you master certain things? a certain number of weeks or days or hours? Be sure to have this made clear so you don't get taken advantage of.
I got an apprentice almost 2 years ago, she never wants to groom, just be a super bather and salon assistant. I was not hiring, but she offered to volunteer. She signed an agreement about working for competitors (saying she would not) and I told her that once she was able to master certain things, we would profit share with her.
after a week the other groomer and I began giving her money from our income for helping us. We sort of "tipped" her out of our wages.
She loves it here and like I said has been here nearly 2 years, working off of our tips that we give her. She does not drive so this gives her some spending money and something to do. She is sick a lot so can't hold a regular job, but it is great for us all.
Your situation may vary but I just wanted you to know what to expect.
typically an Apprentice of any sort does not get paid You might want to reword it if you want to get paid. And as well, you would most likely have to become a good bather/prep person before anyone would hand you a set of clippers, but WATCHING does not keep you from practicing on your own dogs.