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
This apprenticeship programme usually lasts for 24 months but can be dependent upon your prior experience.
Your apprenticeship consists of several elements. These include, a Level 2 Diploma for Hair Professionals, 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 be required to attend college to complete this).). 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 for 35 weeks for 6 hours per day to complete your training where you will learn in both the classroom (i.e. safe working practices, behaviours and communication) and salon (i.e. different styling and cutting techniques.
Skills you will develop during your apprenticeship:
Professionalism and values; behaviours and communication
Safe working practices; consultation; shampoo, condition and treat the hair and scalp
Cut hair using a range of techniques to create a variety of looks
Style and finish hair using a range of techniques to create a variety of looks
Colour and lighten hair using a range of techniques
3 x GCSE grade 3 and minimum GCSE grade 1 in maths and English
You will be assessed on your apprenticeship at work by your visiting trainer/assessor and for the knowledge/technical
elements at college by your teacher. Evidence produced in the workplace for your apprenticeship programme will be continually assessed on an ongoing basis throughout your apprenticeship.
End Point Assessment
The end point assessment of your apprenticeship involves a 6 hour (maximum) practical assessment and oral questioning with an independent assessor. You will be required to work on 2 models and be able to demonstrate skills and knowledge of cutting, styling and finishing hair using a range of techniques to create a variety of looks; colour and lighten hair using a range of techniques. You will also be able to demonstrate professionalism and values, safe working practices, consultation and communication skills. These will all be supervised by an Independent End Point Assessor.
On successful completion of this apprenticeship you can:
Progress onto a level 3 Hairdressing apprenticeship
Access a range of career opportunities; a career in hairdressing offers many interesting career options which
includes working in a spa, hotel, care home, and cruise ship or holiday resort.