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NATIONAL APPRENTICESHIP WEEK 8TH – 14TH FEBRUARY 2021

By Diane Hey 

As we celebrate apprenticeship week and to continue the journey to a ‘skills led recovery’, we explore the benefit of being an apprentice….from an apprentice. 

The theme for National Apprenticeship Week 2021 is “Build the Future” as we encourage everyone to consider how apprenticeships can help individuals to develop the skills, knowledge and behaviours required for a rewarding career, and employers to build their workforce with future ready skills.

Katie, began her Spa career in September 2019…. 

Katie  ‘I first began my apprenticeship with Champneys as my employer and Armonia Training Academy as my provider in September 2019. I had always wanted to get into the beauty industry and when I came across this apprenticeship, I felt it could be the perfect fit. Recruitment days and interviews followed and I was delighted to secure the position!’

We dived right into our first area of learning, which was massage, we were taught the practical techniques and began the knowledge including A&P, (which can go on forever), after the initial input we were then allowed time in Spa to put the things we had learnt into practice before being assessed. I would say I am definitely more a hands-on learner, so for me this aspect was highly beneficial! Being in one of the leading Spa resorts in the industry and practicing treatments early on was also a massive advantage; it has allowed us to quickly get used to working with clients and taught us how to interact with them professionally, while at the same time getting used to the Spa environment in general. I also had the opportunity to showcase my new skills at an event promoting the Beauty professional apprenticeship with the Institute of apprenticeships, nerve racking at the time, but all were impressed by our professionalism only 4 weeks in!! 

Unfortunately, the industry has been badly affected when the Coronavirus pandemic hit and as a result has meant that we have been unable to attend work at different points throughout the year. It has been challenging to continue with our apprenticeship while not always being in the workplace and I would say we have definitely made the best of a bad situation. We’ve had so much support from everyone involved in our apprenticeship programme and have been able to take part in weekly remote led learning in order to keep up with our knowledge (which I think now is better than ever!), skills practice and assessment in a Covid safe way when able to be open. All parties have worked so hard to support me and answer any concerns or worries. 

I feel the apprenticeship programme has been really good for me and has allowed me to learn new skills and build confidence at the same time. I would not hesitate in recommending anyone to look at an apprenticeship as a way to develop and secure employment.  I’m looking forward to being able to get back to the Spa and continue to progress onto the next level with my level 3 wellbeing and holistic therapy apprenticeship. 

Contact Armonia Training Academy   or  contact www.apprenticehips.gov.uk to find out more, and tag @Apprenticeships and use #NAW2021 #BuildTheFuture to begin your own skills led recovery….. 

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Monday, 19 April 2021

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