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