What do I learn?
As a beauty therapy advanced apprentice, you work as a beauty therapist and learn techniques such as body massage, as well as more complicated electronic treatments to remove unwanted hair or improve skin condition.
You can tailor the qualification to include other aspects of learning too, such as the financial aspects of running a business, Indian head massage, and stone therapy.
The apprenticeship is a framework of qualifications consisting of the following:
• Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Beauty Therapy
• Functional Skills in Maths and English
• Employee Rights and Responsibilities
All aspects of training are completed in college on day-release and in the workplace. An assessor will regularly visit you in the workplace to gather work-based evidence.
Apprenticeships are designed to let you benefit from real life work experience which you will get day-to-day in your job. This experience is supported by theoretical knowledge gained at college in both classroom and workshop based sessions/assessments.
What do I gain?
You gain recognised qualifications and valuable industry experience, which makes you more employable.
What do I need?
You will need to have completed a Level 2 Beauty course, either as a full-time course or as an apprenticeship, or have suitable industry knowledge prior to enrolment. You will be called in to complete an initial assessment and then an interview with a member of staff who will be delivering the course.
What do I gain?
On successful completion of the programme you have plenty of career options to consider. You could:
• run your own salon
• start your own business up
• work as a make-up artist in the media industry (film, TV) or performing arts (music, dance, theatre)
Or you could go on to do specialist study in areas such as massage, aromatherapy, hydrotherapy or reflexology. Higher education provides options too – how about a foundation degree in beauty therapy or even a management diploma?
What else do I need to know?
You will work very closely with clients and the work can be a very ‘personal’ experience.
You should enjoy working with people, be able to make others feel comfortable, and be generally pleasant and personable. You should have a pride in your appearance as you are the face of this industry.