The Government has approved the Level 2 Trailblazer beauty therapy apprenticeship standards and assessment plan for use in England.
The apprenticeship will have a maximum funding cap of £7,000. Small employers will not have to pay anything towards the cost of training and assessments providing they have fewer than 50 employees and take on 16-18 year olds or those aged 19-24 who have been in care or have a local authority care plan. An incentive payment of £1,000 will also be available to salons and their training provider to support the additional costs of training these groups.
However, employers taking on older apprentices will be expected to contribute 10% of the cost, a sum of £700 per apprentice.
The Nail Services Technician and Beauty and Make-up Consultancy standards are still with the Institute for Apprenticeships (IFA) awaiting approval. George Hammer, chair of the Trailblazer Steering Group for beauty professionals, said: “My thanks go out to all the beauty salon owners who have put in considerable time and effort to make these standards a reality. These standards will make apprentices more salon ready when they finish training and so I feel what we’ve achieved will make a difference.”