Courtesy of The Raithwaite Estate Spa, N Yorks

Apprentices meeting the Skills Deficit


Recruiting skilled therapists trained to the standards required to cover at least 90% of the treatments advertised on your Spa menu is difficult today.

Have you ever hired a member of staff and not had to train them on the treatments you deliver, or need to send them on training?

This is all time consuming, expensive and no guarantees the member of staff will stay with you indefinably.

The National Apprenticeship

An Apprenticeship is a job with an accompanying skills development programme designed by employers in the sector. It allows the apprentice to gain technical knowledge and real practical experience, along with functional and personal skills, required for their immediate job and future career. These are acquired through a mix of learning in the workplace, formal off the job training and the opportunity to practice and embed new skills in a real work context.

In the UK, there are 4,800 beauty salons, 36,000 hairdressing salons (5,800 of which offer beauty therapy treatments particularly those which, for example, are in hotels and leisure centres). There has been significant growth in the number of independent nail salons and spa facilities, also in the number of existing beauty therapy salons now offering an extended range of services including nail services and spa facilities.

How can this work for you?

When a bright articulate young person under the age of 19 enters your business, or goes to enrolment in a local college maybe the apprentice route could be for you.

Our experience

We were approached by a young lady looking for an apprenticeship, and decided to interview her because of her bright bubbly demeanour. She articulated well, and gave immediate eye contact when speaking.

We contacted the local college and said we were happy to hear about the apprenticeship scheme and what was required.

  • The apprentice attends college 1 day per week
  • Has access to all the theory work online, can work from home or at work
  • 1 year apprenticeship
  • Wages are £3.70 per hour,
  • Maximum hours 40, minimum 30 hours
  • 20 days off per year plus bank holidays
  • 1 day off per week.
  • You receive £1,000.00

Ask yourself the question

Can I teach the skills I require for my salon/spa?

How much time per week can I dedicate to training?

Have I a teaching qualification if so this is a much easier route, I can teach and assess my employee and the College IV can visit the salon/ spa 6 times within the year to check standards are being met and sign the students off for the units completed

If so I could start with one unit say nails, go through the practical which the employee goes through the theory in their own time.

Once this has occurred you can register them on your insurance and start working on clients bringing revenue into the business without supervision.

If not a qualified teacher or assessor then the college will come out and access in the work place and verify the learning outcomes have been met and standards achieved.

Interested? Contact your local college and set up a meeting with the work placement officer.

 Written by Julia Leone

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Monday, 20 May 2019

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