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As more and more employers require prospective employees to have previous experience in their industry prior to hiring on a full-time basis, apprenticeships are becoming a popular choice with school-leavers as they take their first steps towards their dream career. It’s a great way of being able to earn and learn at the same time, as well as being able to receive a qualification.
‘Apprenticeship’ is this month’s buzzword within the industry as the UK government push ahead with the plan to make employers contribute towards the cost of training apprentices, as well as putting the employers in charge of managing the funding. This “non-negotiable part of the reforms” is the response of consultations that have been held by the government with skills minister Nick Boles.
There is still negotiation as to how this new funding makes its way to employers, however the government have said that employers will be required to make a cash contribution towards the cost of training when the “trailblazer” apprenticeships launch next year. The idea being that for every £1 an employer contributes to the scheme, the government will invest £2 meaning many employers will be able to get more than they put in when they make a claim back.
We will also see the introduction of trade tests. Although there is still some fine-tuning to do with this and the tests are yet to be finalised, what we do know is that training providers are working closely to develop a practical assessment and testing framework. The assessment will be marked independently and is being designed to give business owners the confidence that an apprentice will be at the required standard needed to thrive and grow within the salon environment. It is also important to note that apprenticeships for hairdressing and barbering will last for a minimum of two years, and just one year for beauty apprentices.
Things to think about when taking on an apprentice:
- Does your apprentice fit in well with your existing team?
- Do they have the behaviour and skills that your business needs?
- Do they match your core business values?
- Have you taken the time to check their references?
- Can you provide the support and training that the apprentice needs?
If you want to find out more about taking on an apprentice in your salon or whether you want to know how you can help your apprentices more within your business, there is plenty of information on GOV.UK