INFORMATION FOR LEARNERS

WHAT ARE APPRENTICESHIPS?

As an apprentices you will have the opportunity to learn skills on the job, gain a qualification or apprenticeship and have the benefits of being employed.  You are effectively learning whilst earning!

Apprenticeships require you to have both on and off the job training, so whilst you are working you will be developing new skills and abilities, and when you are ‘off the job’ you will be learning the knowledge behind your apprenticeship to then put into practice and demonstrate them whilst working.  The off the job hours are away from your normal daily work schedule and could be in your workplace or with some apprenticeship programmes you will be required to come into the college or attend workshops.

You will be directly employed, receive a salary and holiday pay entitlement which means that you can earn whilst you learn. An apprenticeship programme can enable you to change career or progress into new roles by taking a higher level apprenticeship to provide you with the skills and knowledge required to develop and progress.

To find out more about Apprenticeships please see https://www.gov.uk/apprenticeships-guide.

APPRENTICE

You will be the ‘Apprentice’ in the workplace and learning whilst being employed.

EMPLOYER

Your ‘Employer’ is the business or person that you are working for.  Most of your time will be spent here whilst gaining skills and knowledge for the apprenticeship as well as crucial employability skills and building confidence.

TRAINING PROVIDER

During your time as an apprentice, LCBT as the ‘Training Provider’ will be supporting your training and progression towards your qualification or apprenticeship.

All three of us work together and meet regularly to ensure you are on track and progressing towards your apprenticeship, personal and developmental aims in order to ensure you are successful at achieving your apprenticeship and progressing into permanent employment.

END POINT ASSESSMENT (EPA)

With the new Apprenticeship Standards you will need to have an ‘End Point Assessment’ once all elements and evidence of your apprenticeship have been met.  Once ready your employer, yourself and LCBT will put you forward to take your EPA, with the external EPA centre in order to obtain your ‘apprenticeship’.

WHAT MAKES UP AN APPRENTICESHIP?

Depending on the apprenticeship programme chosen and your previous qualifications gained will determine how your apprenticeship programme is put together.

Normally there is a qualification that you work towards such as a Diploma in Management, but with the new Apprenticeship Standards some do not require a mandatory qualification.

If you do not have an A*-C GCSE in English and Maths or equivalent, you may have to work to work towards gaining a Functional Skill Qualification in this area, some Apprenticeships also require ICT.  This will all be discussed with you when you enquire or wish to sign up, so it will be clear on what you have to do in order to complete your apprenticeship.

With the new Apprenticeship Standards you will be put forward for a final ‘End Point Assessment’.  This is something that is agreed by the Employer, LCBT and you, when we all agree that you have fully completed your apprenticeship along with the evidence required, we will put you forward to complete your final assessment.

Once ready to undertake an apprenticeship, one of our team will be able to discuss your options in more detail.

WHAT APPRENTICESHIPS CAN I DO?

LCBT work with companies to customise the Apprenticeship programmes.  LCBT offers apprenticeships standards across a number of areas including:

  • Beauty Therapy
  • Team Leading/Supervisor
  • Hairdressing Level 2
  • Retail (retailer, team leader and manager)

If there is anything specific that is not on this list that you would like to discuss with us or to discuss opportunities available to you, please contact the Apprenticeship Team on at apprenticeships@lcbt.co.uk


APPRENTICESHIP OF THE MONTH!

Superdrug Apprentice Nail Technician (Multiple Vacancies)

Passionate about beauty? Love delivering exceptional customer service?

As an Apprentice Nail Technician you will demonstrate a willingness to learn, have an enquiring and curious mind and are enthusiastic to learn about your chosen career. In addition you need a good work ethic applied to learning, drive and commitment to learn and maintain continual professional development.

You will work 30 hours a week on a 13 month contract, earning from £7.20 per hour dependent on location.

During your Apprenticeship you’ll also receive a staff discount and loyalty card that gives you up to 30% off products and services in store which also includes a loyalty points scheme. This is as well as online access to discounts and cash back with other retailers, all subsidised by Superdrug. As an Apprentice, you can also apply for an Apprenticeship NUS card, which gives 10% discounts at participating outlets!

You will be supported throughout by your team and your assessor to achieve your level 2 Diploma for Beauty Professionals - Nail Services Technician.

A Nail Services Technician offers a range of services for customers’/clients’ nails. They complete all duties and treatments within the scope of the occupation

As part of your apprenticeship you will use a range of techniques, products, tools and equipment to provide:

  • Manicure services
  • Pedicure services
  • Advice to customers/clients on nail products and services
  • Gel polish services for nails
  • Basic nail art services

This is an opportunity to learn much more than just how to deliver excellent customer service, the apprenticeship covers how the store operates, how the business works commercially and covers brand reputation, legal and marketing.

What you’ll need to succeed

  • Are confident working with people
  • Enthusiastic, committed and show passion for the company and customer
  • Are highly organised with an excellent attention to detail
  • Have a desire to progress in a beauty services career
  • Have a strong work ethic and flexible approach
  • Have the ability to work within a close team and to deadlines
  • Are dedicated to achieving your qualification

You qualify if ...

  • You have a minimum of Grade C / 4 GCSE (or equivalent) in English
  • You have a minimum of Grade C / 4 GCSE (or equivalent) in Maths
  • You are NOT currently at college or 6th form and are available for full time shifts
  • You HAVEN'T completed a Nail Technician apprenticeship before
  • You DON'T already have a degree or completed a year or more at University
  • You are eligible to work in the UK

For further information on the role, please go to: Superdrug - Apprentice Nail Technician or email recruit@lcbt.co.uk for more information.


FAQ's

What's an apprenticeship?

It's a genuine job, with training, meaning you can earn while you learn and gain a nationally recognised qualification.

How much can you earn?

The minimum wage for apprentices aged 16 to 18 is £3.70 per hour (please note this may change). The same also applies if you’re 19+ and it’s your first year as an apprentice. After this you will be entitled to the National Minimum wage £7.38. However many employers pay more than this.

Who can apply?

You can apply for an apprenticeship while you are still at school. To start one, you will need to be:

  • 16 or over by the end of the summer holidays
  • living in England
  • not in full-time education

What type of Apprenticeships do LCBT deliver?

  • Level 2 Beauty Therapy
  • Level 3 Beauty Therapy (You can only apply for this if you achieved a Beauty Level 2)
  • Level 2 Hairdressing Professional
  • Level 3 Team Leader / Supervisor

How do you apply?

There are 5 steps to applying for an apprenticeship. Email the following to apprenticeships@lcbt.co.uk

  1. Fill in the Apprenticeship Enquiry Form
  2. Copy of certificates achieved (If waiting results a list of subjects taken)
  3. CV (if you have one)
  4. A personal Statement
  5. Course you are Interested in

What happens next?

A member of the Apprenticeship team will contact you to discuss your application further.