Fighting for … fit-for-purpose industry-specific education and training standards that are recognised, accessible, robust and properly funded.
- A range of apprenticeship standards and regulated qualifications to equip individuals with ‘job-ready’ skills matched to employer demand.
- Affordable, high-quality apprentice schemes for small businesses with enough funding and apprenticeship places to meet the needs of learners and employers across the UK.
- Funding for learners over the age of 19 to support progression to level 3 qualifications and enable job changers and job returners to access apprenticeships.
- Greater recognition by schools, colleges and parents that hair,beauty and barbering is an attractive and worthwhile career, and that apprenticeships are the preferred route into these industries.
- Clear distinction between ‘job ready’ qualifications (apprenticeships) and ‘preparation for work qualifications’ (T Levels).
- The recognition of vocational progression routes based on competency, standards and regulated qualifications.
- All hair, beauty and aesthetics practitioners are required to have appropriate qualifications and training for the treatments they provide.
- Training in management and business skills to enable business owners to run sustainable, profitable businesses.
- Recognition of the value and importance of continuous professional development (CPD) accreditation following the achievement of a regulated qualification.
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