An apprenticeship is a programme which includes training at work with your employer and off the job training. It is for people of any age above 16. You will gain nationally recognised qualifications. Apprentices learn whilst actually doing the job and you can ‘earn while you learn’. Apprenticeships also enable apprentices to gain a license to practice in a regulated profession (such as accountancy, gas fitting, electrical installation and dental nursing). The college will work with you to find a suitable employer for your apprenticeship or you may have an employer who is willing to support you on your apprenticeship journey. There are various levels of apprenticeships you can do for example, level 2 or level 3 and up to degree level.
Whilst you are an apprentice, you will be paid the minimum apprenticeship wage. These rates are different according to your age. However the majority of employers we work with, pay far more than this. You can see the salaries and our job vacancies on line at https://www.tameside.ac.uk/Pages/School_Leavers/earn_while_you_learn/apprenticeship_vac.aspx
Apprentices are employed and many gain promotion on completion of their apprenticeship programme.
This apprenticeship programme usually lasts for 15 months, but can be dependent upon your prior experience.
Your apprenticeship consists of several elements. These include, a Diploma in Beauty Therapy, completion of a work-based portfolio that comprises of on-site performance evidence, witness testimonies and photographs Functional Skills at level 1 (if you do not have a recent GCSE grade 2 in maths and English). You will complete an Employment Rights & Responsibilities qualification. You will also complete 20% of your time during the apprenticeship completing off the job training.
Arrangements for your off the job training:
You will attend Tameside College at our Tameside One campus for 35 weeks for 6 hours per day to complete your training where you will learn in both the classroom (i.e. H&S in the workplace, effective communication skills) and salon (i.e. different types of services such as makeup, manicure and pedicure). You will also need access to a laptop/PC with Microsoft Office and internet connectivity.
Skills you will develop during your apprenticeship:
● Responsible actions to reduce health & safety risks
● Promote services & products
● Develop & maintain effectiveness
● Facial skin care treatment
● Enhance appearance of eyebrows & lashes
● Waxing service
● Manicure & pedicure services
● Fulfil salon reception duties
● Provide make-up services
3 x GCSE grade 3 and minimum GCSE grade 1 in maths and English.
You will be assessed at work by your visiting trainer assessor and for the diploma element at college by your teacher. Your work will be assessed on an ongoing basis throughout your apprenticeship. Additionally you will complete a series of written tests at college / at work / a mixture of both.
On successful completion of this apprenticeship you can:
● Progress onto a Level 3 Beauty Therapy Apprenticeship
● Remain in employment as a Junior Beauty Therapist if choose not to continue study
● A career as a beauty therapist is versatile and it offers many opportunities to work in a variety of locations such as spas, hotels, hospitals, care homes, cruise ships, holiday resorts and health clubs