Apprenticeship improvements

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

Apprentice hair dresser

Our campaign:

  • 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 and beauty 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 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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