What is work based learning?

Workbased learning (WBL) allows a person (the apprentice) to achieve valuable qualifications, at the same time as gaining relevant practical experience and earning a wage.

What's the difference between work based learning and going to college?

College is usually a classroom based course where you're not employed.  Work based learning is more hands on with teaching being carried out in the workplace, while you're receiving a wage.

What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a program of qualifications that you will gain in a vocational setting whilst being employed. It consists of all the relevant qualification you will need to success in your chosen career. For example, Employment Rights and Responsibilities, Communication Skills, numeracy and the appropriate NVQ.

Do I get paid?

Yes, you are an employee of that salon. However anyone on an apprentice scheme is exempt from National Minimum Wage, you are however entitled to an apprentice wage for the duration of an apprenticeship, which is currently £3.40 per hour (rising to £3.50 per hour as of April 1'17).

How many hours will I work in a week?

This will be decided by the employer; but as a guide, an apprentice under the age of 18 cannot exceed 40 hours per week (excluding breaks). This is an industry where Saturdays and late evenings are normal practice.

How long my training last?

It depends on you, but as a guide an apprenticeship and advanced apprenticeship can take between 1-3 years.  The harder you work, the faster you will achieve your qualification!

Is there a job at the end of my training?

The aim of an apprenticeship is for you to progress into a permanent position within the salon, but if there are no opportunities when you complete we will do everything we can to help you find a position somewhere else.

Take a look at our Parent and Guardian Leaflet for more information 
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