Hair Professionals Apprenticeship

The Diploma for Hair professionals level 2 is an enhanced apprenticeship where the candidate will learn all the basic skills needed to start a long and successful career in hairdressing, as long as incorporating techniques from level 3 which the industry feels should be taught at level 2.
The Diploma for Hair Professionals is a newly created based on employer needs and has been designed by employers for learners wishing to gain an apprenticeship within the hairdressing industry.

When completed the candidate will have an advanced level 2 qualification.

Hair Professionals Apprenticeship
LevelLevel 2
LocationColchester
DurationThe minimum duration of the programme is 12 months.
CampusColchester Institute
Start DateStarting employment as an apprentice can occur throughout the year however the start-date for attending college for training, where required, will be communicated post-employment and sign-up
Fee(s)Employer Contribution: £900
Apprenticeship Funding Bands

Apprenticeship Funding Bands
Employers with less than 50 employees who are recruiting an apprentice aged 16-18 years old will not be required to pay the contribution fee.
Any associated cost to the individual will be made clear at the interview.

Information for Applicants

What knowledge skills are covered?

Hair Professionals Apprenticeship Units

Mandatory Units:

  • 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

Optional Units

  • Perming
  • Hair extension services

What are the Entry Requirements

4 GCSE A*-E (9-3) including Maths and English Language

Candidates will be required to be employed in a hairdressing salon for 30-40 hours per week and must have a contact of employment.

How often do I have to attend college?

Candidates will attend college for 6-8 hours per week (currently on a Monday)

How will I be assessed?

Candidates will carry out formative and summative assessments in college and within their workplace.

Candidates will undertake one on-line exam per unit.

Candidates will also undertake an end point assessment which will be made up of a practically assessed trade test and oral questioning.

What can I do next?

Progression onto NVQ level 3, VRQ level 3 or Level 3 Technical Diploma

What is the duration of the apprenticeship?

Candidates will typically be on the apprenticeship programme for 24 months. The minimum duration of the programme is 12 months. Length of apprenticeships are set on an individual basis to suit each candidate.

Information for Employers

How is my business going benefit from an Apprentice?

Apprentices are an excellent way to support your business and can be instrumental in its growth. Apprentices are a way of harnessing new talent and training them to your businesses standards, expectations and specific needs. Apprentices help to support the day to day running of the salon, allowing stylists to concentrate on building their clientele.

What will this cost my business?

Since April 2017 the way that government funds apprenticeships in England has changed. All businesses operating within the UK with a wage bill of over £3 million are required to contribute to the apprenticeship levy monthly via HMRC.

  • If the levy applies to your business you will be required to pay 0.5% of your entire wage bill into the levy. This will be offset against a levy allowance worth £15,000 for each tax year
  • You will only be able to use your levy payment for government backed apprenticeships through providers who are registered on the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers
  • Levy payments will expire after 18 months.

From April 2017 all existing apprenticeship frameworks and new apprenticeship standards (often referred to as trailblazer standards) will be allocated to Government funding bands.

Funding bands determine the maximum amount of money that Government will contribute for the training delivery and end-point assessment of each apprenticeship. All approved apprenticeship standards have already been allocated to funding bandings with maximum funding caps.

If you take on an apprentice who is between 16 and 18 years old at the start of their apprenticeship, you will receive a payment to help meet the extra costs of employing them. This will be paid to you through the training provider in two £500 instalments at 3 months and 12 months  if the apprentice continues in learning beyond this point.

Non-levy paying employers will need to contribute 10% of the maximum funding band as published by the Skills Funding Agency for the delivery of training and assessment for their apprenticeship. Levy paying employers will pay the full cost of the agreed funding band using their Digital Apprenticeship account. Where there are no longer funds in this digital account the Government will co-invest 90% of the funding with the levy paying employer being the asked to contribute the remaining 10% on a monthly basis.

Levy paying employers can estimate their funding contributions through the use of the free Funding Apprenticeship Systems calculating tool.

The agreed funds will be taken from the employer’s digital account to pay the training provider, up to a maximum amount of funding allocated by Government to that particular apprenticeship.

For non-levy paying employers the Digital Apprenticeship Service will not be available until at least 2018. They will need to discuss and agree a price with their training provider.

Does the apprentice have to attend college?

Candidates will attend college for 6-8 hours per week (currently on a Monday)

How is the apprentice assessed?

Candidates will carry out formative and summative assessments in college and within their workplace. Candidates will undertake one on-line exam per unit.
Candidates will also undertake an end point assessment which will be made up of a practically assessed trade test and oral questioning.

What about support in the workplace?

Your allocated assessor will make regular visits to the salon, supporting the apprentice by working with the employer to help the apprentice undertake awarding body standards.

Employers will be entitled to 2 continual professional development (CPD) event per apprentice to update skills and to help support their candidate. These events include:

• Nanokeratin Smoothing System
• Nano-K-Plex restructuring system
• Indian Head massage workshop
• Session Artists
• Employer Events

Why should I choose Colchester Institute to support my recruitment and retention?

Apprenticeships – What we can offer

Colchester Institute is the largest college provider of apprenticeships in Greater Essex. We are expert at connecting the right people, to the right training, to the right business and when it comes to Apprenticeships, our Apprenticeship Advisors can support your business every step of the way.

As part of our service we can support your business with:

  • Advertising the Apprenticeship vacancy
  • Manage the applications received in line with your individual requirements
  • Match prospective candidates already known to us
  • Conduct initial pre-screening for candidates
  • Carry out visits to your premises alongside regular reviews to support you, your staff and your apprentice
  • Advice on any grants or funding where available

Our team will provide:

  • A fee free recruitment service.
  • Personal 1:1 Apprenticeship Levy advice and guidance.
  • A dedicated Account Manager.
  • Industry experienced, professional, technical tutors.
  • Bespoke programmes available upon request.
  • An Essex priority skills focus.
  • Free employer events.

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