Beauty Therapy Apprenticeship: Student Guide

Beauty therapy covers a range of treatments, from simple facials and make-up jobs to waxing.

As a beauty therapy apprentice, you’ll assist senior therapists and learn a range of skills and techniques, such as how to improve facial skin conditions, wax body hair, spray tan, shape and colour brows, perform hand and foot treatments, and apply make-up. You’ll also come into college one day a week, where you will receive training from expert tutors in our beauty training academy and work towards nationally recognised qualifications.

You’ll work closely with clients and will need the ability to put them at ease, and generally be pleasant and personable.

Most therapists are based in salons, although some can work in hospitals, resorts, and even cruise liners. It can be a glamorous career choice: with further training you might become a make-up artist for film and TV, or help develop new products – you could even run your own salon.

After successful completion of an Apprenticeship, you could go on to study specialist areas like massage, aromatherapy, hydrotherapy or reflexology.

The Apprenticeship Framework

There are three main strands to an Apprenticeship, known as the Framework: a competence-based element, a technical element and a skills element.

Intermediate Apprenticeship: The skills and techniques you’ll learn while on your apprenticeship include how to improve facial skin conditions, waxing body hair, spray tanning, shape and colour brows, performing hand and foot treatments and applying make-up. You will gain your Level 2 NVQ in Beauty Therapy.

Advanced Apprenticeship: On the advanced apprenticeship, you’ll work as a beauty therapist, learning techniques like body massage as well as more complicated electronic treatments to remove unwanted hair or improve skin condition. You will also gain your NVQ Level 3 in Beauty.

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Have you considered coming to college full-time if you can’t find an Apprenticeship vacancy? 

You can start on many of our courses on a full-time basis, then if an Apprenticeship becomes available you can transfer across. Everything you’ll have learnt at college will be valuable to you at work. To discuss your full-time course options call 01902 836000.

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