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Hair & Beauty Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study.

As an apprentice you will:

  - work alongside experienced staff

  - gain job-specific skills

  - earn a wage and get holiday pay

  - get time for study related to your role (usually one day a week)

Apprenticeships take 1 to 5 years to complete depending on their level.

Levels of apprenticeship

Apprenticeships have equivalent educational levels.

Name Level Equivalent educational level
Intermediate 2 GCSE
Advanced 3 A Level
Higher 4, 5, 6 and 7 Foundation degree and above
Degree 6 and 7 Bachelor’s or master’s degree

Frameworks

  - England

    - Frameworks – Please follow the link below to the Apprenticeship Frameworks Online, where you will find all current and archived frameworks  http://www.afo.sscalliance.org/

    - Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS) – Please follow the link below https://apprenticeships.habia.org/c/1535/sase-compliant-frameworks-implementation-from-27-june-2011

    - Certification – Please follow the link below to the ACE website, where you can apply for Apprenticeship certification https://acecerts.co.uk/web/

  - Scotland

    - Frameworks – Please follow the link below to the SDS website, where you will find all current and archived frameworks
      https://www.skillsdevelopmentscotland.co.uk/what-we-do/our-products/modern-apprenticeships/modern-apprenticeship-frameworks/

    - Certification – Please follow the link below to Modern Apprenticeship Online, where you can apply for registration and certification https://modernapprenticeships.org/web/

  - Wales

    - Frameworks – Please follow the link below to the Apprenticeship Frameworks Online, where you will find all current and archived frameworks  http://www.afo.sscalliance.org/

    - Certification – Please follow the link below to the ACW website, where you can apply for Apprenticeship certification https://acwcerts.co.uk/web/

  - Northern Ireland

    - Frameworks – Please follow the link below to the DELNI website, where all the current and archived frameworks can be downloaded https://www.delni.gov.uk/

  - ERR https://apprenticeships.habia.org/c/1584/err-employee-rights-and-responsibilities-for-the-sase-frameworks-only

  - Standards ( Trailblazer )https://apprenticeships.habia.org/c/2116/trailblazer

Useful links

  - Government website –https://www.gov.uk/topic/further-education-skills/apprenticeships

  - Institute for Apprenticeships https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/institute-for-apprenticeships

  - Federation for Industry Sector Skills and Standards (FISSS)  http://fisss.org/apprenticeship-certification/

What’s available in England
Apprenticeships are divided into two levels. In England they are known as Intermediate Level Apprenticeships (Level 2) and Advanced Level Apprenticeships (Level 3).

An Intermediate Level Apprenticeship is an introductory framework aimed at those just entering the industry and wanting to gain the basic skills needed for further development. It is the minimum standard required to work effectively in a business.

An Advanced Level Apprenticeship is the target level for anyone wanting to be a truly proficient professional in their chosen field. It expands upon the basic skills gained at Intermediate Level and is aimed at those wishing to enter the top level of their profession or go on to become managers and owners. People who have been in the industry for some time but are looking to update or accredit their skills can also take it.

Industry Level
Hairdressing Intermediate Level and Advanced Level
Barbering Intermediate Level and Advanced Level
Beauty Therapy Intermediate Level and Advanced Level
Nail Services Intermediate Level and Advanced Level
Spa Therapy Advanced Level

Please note these Frameworks will expire once a Trailblazer standard and assessment plan has been approved by the Institute for Apprenticeship

Useful links

https://apprenticeships.habia.org/c/1535/sase-compliant-frameworks-implementation-from-27-june-2011

https://apprenticeships.habia.org/c/1536/frameworks-2006-2010

https://apprenticeships.habia.org/c/1541/certificate-request-forms-(completion-before-12-april-2011)

https://apprenticeships.habia.org/c/1547/apprenticeship-certificates-online-ace-for-completers-after-13-april-2011

What’s available in Scotland?
Apprenticeships are divided into two levels. In Scotland they are known as Level 2 Modern Apprenticeship and Level 3 Modern Apprenticeship.

A Level 2 Modern Apprenticeship is an introductory framework aimed at those just entering the industry and wanting to gain the basic skills needed for further development. It is the minimum standard required to work effectively in a business.

A Level 3 Modern Apprenticeship is the target level for anyone wanting to be a truly proficient professional in their chosen field. It expands upon the basic skills gained at Intermediate Level and is aimed at those wishing to enter the top level of their profession or go on to become managers and owners. People who have been in the industry for some time but are looking to update or accredit their skills can also take it.

Apprenticeships are available in the following areas:

  - Hairdressing Level 2 and 3 Modern Apprenticeship

  - Barbering Level 2 and 3 Modern Apprenticeship

Costs including the training, are met by your local funding body. Your local funding body will also help you to keep paperwork to a minimum.

Useful links

https://apprenticeships.habia.org/c/1538/certificate-request-forms

What’s available in Wales
Apprenticeships are divided into two levels. In Wales they are known as Foundation Apprenticeships (Level 2) and Apprenticeships (Level 3).

A Foundation Apprenticeship is an introductory framework aimed at those just entering the industry and wanting to gain the basic skills needed for further development. It is the minimum standard required to work effectively in a business.

An Apprenticeship is the target level for anyone wanting to be a truly proficient professional in their chosen field. It expands upon the basic skills gained at Intermediate Level and is aimed at those wishing to enter the top level of their profession or go on to become managers and owners. People who have been in the industry for some time but are looking to update or accredit their skills can also take it.

Apprenticeships are available in the following areas:

Industry Level
Hairdressing Intermediate Level and Advanced Level
Barbering Intermediate Level and Advanced Level
Beauty Therapy Intermediate Level and Advanced Level
Nail Services Intermediate Level and Advanced Level
Spa Therapy Advanced Level

Useful links

https://apprenticeships.habia.org/c/1539/sasw-compliant-frameworks-implementation-from-31-may-2011

https://apprenticeships.habia.org/c/1588/err-employee-rights-and-responsibilities-for-the-sasw-frameworks-only

https://apprenticeships.habia.org/c/1540/frameworks-2006-2010

https://apprenticeships.habia.org/c/1542/certificate-request-forms

What’s available in Northern Ireland?
Apprenticeships are divided into two levels. In Northern Ireland they are known as Level 2 Apprenticeship NI (Level 2) and Level 3 Apprenticeship NI (Level 3).

A Level 2 Apprenticeship NI is an introductory framework aimed at those just entering the industry and wanting to gain the basic skills needed for further development. It is the minimum standard required to work effectively in a business.

An Level 3 Apprenticeship NI is the target level for anyone wanting to be a truly proficient professional in their chosen field. It expands upon the basic skills gained at Intermediate Level and is aimed at those wishing to enter the top level of their profession or go on to become managers and owners. People who have been in the industry for some time but are looking to update or accredit their skills can also take it.

Apprenticeships are available in the following areas:

Industry Level
Hairdressing Intermediate Level and Advanced Level
Barbering Intermediate Level and Advanced Level
Beauty Therapy Intermediate Level and Advanced Level
Nail Services Intermediate Level and Advanced Level
Spa Therapy Advanced Level

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