Apprenticeships - FAQ for Learners
What are Apprenticeships?
As employees, apprentices earn a wage and work alongside experienced staff to gain job-specific skills. Off the job, usually on a day-release basis, apprentices receive training to work towards nationally recognised qualifications. Anyone living in England, over 16 years-old and not in full-time education can be an apprentice. The minimum salary is £2.65 per hour; however, many apprentices earn significantly more.
Who are they for?
Apprenticeships are open to all age groups above 16 years-old whether you are just leaving school, seeking to start a new career or are moving into a new role with your existing employer that requires new skills.
Competition for places with employers can be fierce, so you will need to show that you are committed, and aware of your responsibilities to both yourself and the company who would employ you. You also need to be happy to work as both part of a team and individually, and be able to use your own initiative.
What training will I receive?
Apprenticeships are designed with the help of the employers in the industry, so they offer a structured programme that takes you through the skills you need to do a job well. There are targets and checks to make sure that your employer is supporting you and you are making progress.
As an employee you will be in your place of employment for most of your time as most training takes place on the job. The rest usually takes place at a specialist training organisation. You can complete this off-the-job training on day release or over a number of days in a block. The amount of time you spend varies according to your Apprenticeship.
What Levels of Apprenticeships are there?
There are three levels of Apprenticeship available:
1 - Intermediate Level Apprenticeships
- Apprentices work towards work-based learning qualifications such as a Level 2 Competence Qualification, Functional Skills and, in most cases, a relevant knowledge-based qualification.
- Apprentices work towards work-based learning such as a Level 3 Competence Qualification, Functional Skills and, in most cases, a relevant knowledge based qualification.
- Apprentices work towards work-based learning qualifications such as a Level 4 Competence Qualification, Functional Skills and, in some cases, a knowledge-based qualification such as a Foundation Degree.
What qualifications will I gain?
All Apprenticeships must include the following elements:
- A competencies qualification which must be achieved by the apprentice to qualify for an Apprenticeship certificate, and which is the qualification required to demonstrate competence in performing the skill, trade or occupation to which the framework relates
- A technical knowledge qualification which is the qualification required to demonstrate achievement of the technical skills, knowledge and understanding of theoretical concepts and knowledge and understanding of the industry and its market relevant to the skill, trade or occupation to which the framework relates. Sometimes an Apprenticeship framework may have an integrated qualification which combines competence and technical knowledge elements in which each element is separately assessed.
- A module on employee rights and responsibilities
- A module on personal learning and thinking skills
What are the benefits of an Apprenticeship?
There are lots of benefits to doing an Apprenticeship. You can earn while you learn, and learn in a way that is best suited to you – through hands-on experience on the job. Key benefits of being an apprentice include;
- earning a salary
- getting paid holidays
- receiving training
- gaining qualifications
- learning job-specific skills
Earning while you are learning
Apprentices do real jobs for real employers. So you’re paid while you learn. If you are entering work for the ﬁrst time, you will start earning from day one of your Apprenticeship.
There is no set rate of pay for apprentices, however all employed apprentices must receive a wage of no less than £2.65 per hour.
Learn on the job
Apprentices learn on the job, building up knowledge and skills, gaining qualiﬁcations and earning money all at the same time. You work towards a work-based qualiﬁcation such as a National Vocational Qualiﬁcation (NVQ) and other nationally recognised qualiﬁcations. Employers all over the country recognise and value Apprenticeships as they show that you’ve been trained in the skills they need.
Support during training
Your employer or training provider will make sure you have support. Their job is to ensure that your training fits your personal requirements, offers the skills needed for the job and satisfies national standards. They will also be there to help you through any difficult times.
What happens once I qualify?
You can progress on to the Advanced Apprenticeship or you can enter the workplace or Salon as a junior stylist. Furthermore, there is an excellent range of career opportunities which are available to you, these include:
- Hairdressing Trainer, Lecturer, or Assessor
- Salon Manager
- Salon Franchisee
- Salon Owner
- Mobile Hairdresser
- Product/Technical Rep
- Session Stylist, photo-shoots, catwalk shows, stage productions or TV
- Hairdressing for competitions
- Travel - working on cruise ships
What further Prospects are there following an Apprenticeship?
Apprenticeships can be demanding but they are very rewarding. Because Apprenticeships train you in the skills employers want, they give you choices in your career.
Your career doesn't have to stop at the Intermediate, Advanced or Higher Level Apprenticeship, if you want to go on to University you will find that many institutes of Higher Education value your skills and knowledge and will happily offer you a place on a Foundation Degree or other higher level qualifications.
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