FAQs

FAQs

Below you’ll find answers to the questions we get asked the most about employing an apprentice. 

An apprenticeship is the best way to ensure you get a member of staff working the way you want! You are in control of the training! Weekly training sessions will take place in your salon with a member of your salon team. A Saks Educator will visit your salon on a regular basis to deliver training, monitor the apprentice’s progression and help the apprentice to achieve. There is also the regular contact and updates through our specially designed VLE.

If you employ an apprentice aged 16-18 you don’t have to pay a penny towards their training. You will also be entitled to a Government incentive payment of £1000, which comes in two instalments of £500 (one after 6 months of employment, and an additional payment of £500 after 12 months). Apprentices aged 19+, you will be required to pay a 10% cash contribution to their training (soon to be a 5% contribution as from April 1st). We work with you to ensure this cost is manageable.

No. We come to you! So you don’t lose your learner out of the salon! We offer work-based learning which is more hands on with teaching being carried out in the workplace, so your apprentice gains an apprenticeship along with valuable on the job training. Which makes them job ready!

Instead of your apprentice taking time out of work for days in college, your apprentice and salon are assigned a dedicated Saks Educator. They’ll plan and oversee your tailor-made learning programme and offer support and guidance both online and face-to-face.

We have developed a bespoke interactive virtual learning environment, to make your apprentices learning journey as engaging and smooth as possible. Apprentices and employers have a unique calendar, where you can log and track training hours, schedule your Saks Educators visits, and book apprentices onto our exclusive Academy courses.  You can also communicate with your designated educator whenever you need to.

This depends on the apprentice. They take a minimum of 12 months, but will more likely be 14-16 months. The harder your apprentice works, the faster they can achieve their apprenticeship. At the start of the apprenticeship we will work with you and your apprentice to agree a training plan and timescales for achievement.

Once you’ve made the decision to train an apprentice through Saks, we will help you find the perfect candidate.

We have a dedicated Recruitment Officer who will advertise your vacancy for you on our website, social media channels and the government's vacancy matching service. Not only that, but we will also review all applications for your position to make sure they are suitable for your salon!

Advertising in your salon window is always a great way to attract potential apprentices, so we will supply you with branded materials to display in your salon.

Your apprentice will be entitled to a minimum of £3.90 per hour if they are between the ages of 16 and 19 years old. If they are 19 or over you can pay them an apprentice wage for the first year of their apprenticeship.

Your apprentices will be required to work a minimum of 30 hours per week. However, if your apprentice is under 18 years old, they are not permitted to work more than 40 hours per week, or more than 8 hours per day. As an employer you must dedicate 20% of their working hours to training, so if they work 30 hours per week, this would be 6 hours in training.

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