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. Education and training is delivered in salon by our best-in-business Saks Educators, however due to you working full time in salon, your employer will commit to delivering additional training hours.

How many hours training should I do per week?

Saks Education deliver work based apprenticeships, by signing up with us, the employer agrees that 20% of apprenitces weekly working hours will be dedicated to training. Therefore, if an apprentice works 30 hours a week, they will need to complete 6 hours of training in that week.

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

College is usually a full time classroom based course where you're not employed. However, work based learning is much more hands on, generally working with real clients every day, and training being delivered in the workplace, as an apprentice you will not have to pay for your training, and you will recieve a wage for the hours worked in salon.

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 qualifications you will need to success in your chosen career. For example, Employment Rights and Responsibilities, Communication Skills, numeracy and the appropriate qualification.

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 £3.50 per hour but is set to increase to £3.70 in April 2018.

How many hours will I work in a week?

This will be decided by the employer; but as a guide, all apprentices are required to work a minumum of 30 hours per week. However, 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, the apprentice, 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.

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