Apprenticeship improvements

Fighting for … fit-for-purpose industry-specific education and training standards that are recognised, accessible, robust and sufficiently funded 

Retain your salon staff

Our campaign:

  • A range of apprenticeship standards to equip individuals with ‘job-ready’ skills, matched to employer demand, including suitable, regulated qualifications.
  • Affordable, high-quality apprentice schemes for small businesses with enough funding and apprenticeship places to ensure the needs of learners and employers across the UK are met.
  • Age-related eligibility funding models for learners over the age of 19 to encourage and support progression to level 3 and enable job changers and job returners to do apprenticeships.
  • Greater recognition by schools, colleges and parents that apprenticeships are the preferred route into the hair and beauty industries.
  • Clear distinction between competency ‘job ready’ qualifications (apprenticeships) and threshold competency ‘preparation for work qualifications’ (T Levels).
  • The recognition of vocational progression routes based on competency, standards and regulated qualifications.
  • Progression routes into higher education from beauty therapy into aesthetics.
  • All hair, beauty and aesthetics practitioners must have appropriate qualifications and training for the treatments they provide.
  • Business owners have the management and business skills needed to operate long-term, profitable businesses with higher rewards for all involved.
  • Recognition that CPD accreditation provides breadth and depth of learning following the achievement of a regulated qualification.

Useful resources from the NHBF: