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How do they work?
As part of a Young Apprenticeship, pupils get the opportunity to work in a salon for 50 days over two years and study a vocational qualification at Level 2 (not an NVQ) on top of their schoolwork, giving these pupils a head start if they decide to pursue a career in the industry as well as helping change the perception of the hairdressing industry amongst influencers such as parents and teachers.

Who are they aimed at?
The programme is aimed only at those who meet a strict set of criteria, which includes above average school attendance, predicted achievement of at least 5 GCSEs at A*-C and no disciplinary or behaviour issues.

Who delivers them?
Young Apprenticeship programmes are operated by local partnerships consisting of schools, colleges, training providers, Learning and Skills Councils and employers in England.

Background
The Young Apprenticeship programme is a route for young people at Key Stage 4 and was introduced in 2004 by the then Department for Education and Skills (DfES). Cohort 1 involved five sectors art and design, business administration, engineering, health and social care and the motor industry. Hairdressing was only introduced for Cohort 3 in 2006 after strong lobbying from Habia had overcome the government's initial reluctance to include hairdressing in the programme.

Young Apprenticeship leaflets
Young Apprenticeships: A Guide for Employers
Young Apprenticeships: A Guide for Pupils
Young Apprenticeships: A Guide for Parents and Guardians

Young Apprenticeships prove successful for young learners
Young Apprenticeships (YAs) in Hairdressing have been hugely successful at introducing learners to the industry, encouraging them to progress further and improving employers' perception of potential recruits, according to a new report by Habia. Young Apprenticeships in Hairdressing, Evaluation of the First Cohort September 2006-2008 shows that in all of the government's key National Target areas for YAs, expectations were either met or exceeded.

Evaluation of the First Cohort
Evaluation for Cohort 4
Evaluation for Cohort 5