Formerly City College Brighton and Hove and Northbrook College

Hairdressing | Hair Professionals Apprenticeship | Level 2 Standards

Course Type: Apprenticeships Start Date: September 2019 Duration: Up to 24 months Entry requirements: English and maths GCSE at grade 3 or above Assessment: Graded practical assessments and external examinations. Qualification: City & Guilds Diploma in Women's Hairdressing Level 2 Awarding Body: C&G

Why this apprenticeship?

The Level 2 Hair Professionals Standards Apprenticeship has two pathways; hairdressing or barbering and is designed for learners 16 years old and above who wish to develop the skills and knowledge needed to begin to work in the hairdressing or barbering industry. You will work in a salon or barber shop environment and receive training on the job, you may also study relevant functional skills alongside the qualification.

The course covers all of the core knowledge and skills needed to become competent in your chosen pathway providing you with the opportunity to develop different skills such as:

• Customer service

• Shampooing and treating the hair and scalp

• Cutting

• Styling and finishing the hair

• Colouring services

The Level 2 is designed to introduce learners to the basic day to day running of a hair salon and to build the skills required for a career in hairdressing. Learners will also explore other areas of hairdressing such as promoting products and reception duties.

This qualification also includes an element of End-Point Assessment (EPA) which is assessed by an independent assessor - our preferred provider is City and Guilds.

Delivery options:

Day release - you will attend college for 1 day, an hour is spent on course theory and the remaining time you will either develop the skills that you learn each week or work on clients in our busy METRO salon.

Work based - you will be based in your salon and attend unit workshops every 6 weeks.

If you require a more bespoke delivery we would be happy to discuss options with you.

The following are start dates for the next academic year and are week commencing:

  • 9th September 2019
  • 30th September 2019
  • 4th November 2019
  • 3rd February 2020
  • 20th April 2020

Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships are available for school leavers and adults (19+), beginning at Level 2 through to degree level.


What levels are available?

Wages

Wages vary depending on the type of apprenticeship but there is a national minimum wage (NMW) in the UK which applies to all 16-18 year olds and to those aged 19 or over in the first year of their studies. From October 2017, this is £3.50 per hour. However, the MET encourages employers to pay at a higher hourly rate.


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Entry requirements

Anyone aged 16 or over can apply for an apprenticeship. You cannot be self-employed and must have lived in the UK or EU for the past three years to be eligible.

The Level 2 apprenticeship is an intermediate level equivalent to five good GCSE passes. Apprentices work towards a qualification/skill such as an NVQ/Diploma Level 2, Functional Skills and in some areas a relevant technical certificate diploma. These provide the skills you need for your chosen career and allow progression onto an Advanced Apprenticeship.

Why choose an apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are a fantastic way to gain a nationally recognised qualification and valuable skills whilst working. We are a major provider of apprenticeships in the South East, helping employers to find the right apprentice for their business or upskill existing employees, and supporting individuals to succeed. 

Course content

This course will support you to achieve:

  • Customer service
  • Shampooing and treating the hair and scalp
  • Cutting
  • Styling and Finishing the hair
  • Colouring services

End point assessment

This qualification is based on the Apprenticeship Standard and includes an element of End-Point Assessment (EPA) which is assessed by an independent assessor - our preferred provider is City and Guilds.

The End-Point Assessment will form part of your final apprenticeship test. It enables your provider and assessor to ensure you have met the requirements of the Apprenticeship and enables your employer to establish if you are ready for the role. The end-point assessment will be conducted by an independent organisation.

If you are an employer looking for an End-point Assessment provider see the government register of end-point assessment organisations alternatively further information about employing an apprentice can be found here.


How much will I earn?

Apprenticeships are paid training schemes. You will learn and earn at the same time.

Wages will vary depending on the type of apprenticeship, but there is a national minimum wage (NMW) in the UK which applies to all 16 – 18 year olds and to those aged 19 and over in the first year of their studies. From April 2018, this is £3.70 per hour and from April 2019 it will increase to £3.90 per hour. However, the MET encourages employers to pay at a higher hourly rate. After a year, all apprentices need to be paid the minimum wage for their age. For more information please see the Government NMW web page.

How long does an apprenticeship take?

An apprenticeship can take between one and four years to complete depending on the level and subject area. As a guide, an Intermediate Level 2 Apprenticeship usually takes around 12 to 18 months and an Advanced Level 3 Apprenticeship around 18 to 24 months.

What might my working hours be?

Apprentices are required to have a minimum of 30 contracted hours with an employer who will agree working patterns. Expect 20% of your contracted time to be dedicated to your apprenticeship training.

Potential
Careers

Potential Careers

Hairdressing or beauty salon manager/proprietor

Typical Tasks:

  • Determines staffing, financial, material and other short- and long-term needs.
  • Controls the allocation, training and remuneration of staff.
  • Provides clients with information and advice on styles and treatments, and resolves any complaints or problems.
  • Ensures clients' records are maintained.
  • Undertakes and/or directs hair treatments and/or beauty therapy.
  • Checks and maintains any equipment, and ensures that all safety requirements are met.
  • Demonstrates, advises on and sells hair and/or beauty products.
  • Ensures financial accounts for the business are maintained.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

Available opportunities 0.4% Rise in employment is expected by 2020 in the South East.
Salaries

ENTRY £15,873

AVERAGE £27,651

POTENTIAL £50,603

Desired Skills:
  • Learning Strategies
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Monitoring
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics

Hairdresser or barber

Typical Tasks:

  • Discusses customer requirements, analyses hair condition and other relevant features to define and advise on hair style.
  • Washes, conditions, bleaches, tints or dyes hair and provides any necessary basic scalp treatments.
  • Cuts and trims hair using scissors, clippers, razor and comb.
  • Combs, brushes, blow-dries or sets wet hair in rollers to style or straighten.
  • Shaves and trims beards and moustaches.
  • Collects payment, arranges appointments and cleans and tidies salon.
  • Maintains client records and keeps up-to-date with new products, styles and techniques.
  • Ensures hair products are stored and used appropriately and observes relevant health and safety factors.
  • Demonstrates, sells and recommends hair care products to clients and advises them on hair care.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

Available opportunities 5.1% Rise in employment is expected by 2020 in the South East.
Salaries

ENTRY £12,578

AVERAGE £15,152

POTENTIAL £21,411

Desired Skills:
  • Speaking
  • Active Listening
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Critical Thinking
  • Monitoring
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Science
  • Writing
  • Mathematics
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