Level 2 Hair Professional Apprenticeship
An apprenticeship is a paid job that is completed alongside training. It allows people to earn while they learn, gain valuable experiences and receive a recognised qualification to develop their future career.
Why undertake a Hair Professional – Apprenticeship Standard – Level 2
Hairdressers work in one of the largest, trusted, professional and continually expanding industries within the Hair and Beauty Sector, contributing over £28 billion to the UK’s economy. The work environment can be varied in size, style, and ambiance, from a cruise ship, through to small and high end hair salons.
Hairdressers will be able to work with all hair types ranging from straight hair to very curly, wiry hair. They will also need to be able to carry out consultations with clients, demonstrate the professionalism, values, behaviours, communication skills and safe working practices associated with their role and be able to work without supervision to a high level of precision, with exceptional client care skills.
- carry out a hair consultation, creatively assessing the client’s requirements.
- use shampoo, condition to treat the hair and scalp
- cut hair using a range of techniques to create a variety of looks
- style and finish hair using a range of techniques to create a variety of looks
- colour and lighten hair using a range of techniques
- attach a range of hair extensions
Core mandatory knowledge that will be embedded into each of the units:
- Professionalism and values
- Behaviours and communication
- Safe working practices
Apprentices have to be a UK resident or have either UK Settled Status or have indefinitely leave to remain and be able to be employed within the UK. Apprentices must also live in England and their place of employment must also be based in England for at least 50% of their employed time and must be able to attended possible weekly classroom-based lessons held at the college based in central London.
English and maths is an integral part of delivering apprenticeships in the UK. An apprentice without a grade C / 4 or above in GCSE English and/or maths or equivalent functional skills at level 2, would need to continue their studies of English and Maths as part of their apprenticeship. Employers must allow time apprentice for this is be undertaken. An apprentice would need to provide evidence that they have achieved at least functional skills or equivalent in English and Maths in order to achieve the apprenticeship.
An apprenticeship is a great paid work opportunity for people over the age of 16 in England who are:
- early in their career
- looking to upskill in their current job
- looking for a career-change
- not in full-time education
At least 20% of the time the apprentice is employed (approx 1 day a week), it is a statutory requirement for the apprentice to undertake training from the training provider during normal working hours, for the purpose of learning and achieving the knowledge, skills and behaviours required in order to successfully complete the apprenticeship. By normal working hours, it is meant as paid hours excluding overtime. For the Hair Professional Level 2 standard this would be 1 day a week undertaking college directed learning
The Hair Professional apprenticeship standard level 2 is a 15 month apprenticeship programme (excluding the End Point Assessment (EPA)). Apprentices would normally be employed for a minimum of 30 hours a week and spend at least 1 full day of their employment at college and/or undertaking directed learning.
End-point assessment (EPA) tests the knowledge, skills and behaviours that an apprentice has gained during their training. To achieve the apprenticeship qualification the EPA demonstrates the competence of an apprentice in their role. EPAs are carried out after 15 months have been completed and by an End Point Assessment Organisation independently to LCBT.
The gateway takes place before an EPA can start. The employer and LCBT will review the apprentice’s knowledge, skills and behaviours to see if they have met the minimum requirements of the Hair Professional Level 2 apprenticeship set out in its apprenticeship standard, and are ready to take the assessment.
Hair Professional apprentices are provided with a uniform, kit & materials after 6 weeks of starting an apprenticeship programme. This is alongside the provision of equipment and products to be used when at the College which will be essential for their studies. There are several suppliers we work alongside that also give a discount to learners, therefore kit can be personally topped up throughout the course. Each learner’s kit includes a full range of equipment and products for the course as well as a bag for kit storage.