Nail Services Apprenticeship: Student Guide

This apprenticeship covers a range of creative skills used in nail services, such as cleaning, decorating, extending and pampering nails. Nail technicians use a variety of techniques, from hot oil treatments to airbrushing. They can also spot, and in some cases treat, certain nail and skin diseases.

You will spend four days a week at work and one day in college. The day you are in college you will do some theory based work and some practical tasks. These will cover topics such as manicures, pedicures, nail art and applying and maintaining nail enhancements to create a natural finish. You will also learn about health and safety in the workplace. Knowledge of the products you use is important, so you will learn about how to sell the products to the client as well as communicating and interacting effectively. You will have the opportunity to put your skills into practice on paying clients in the college salon.

This career offers opportunities to progress into salon management or sales and marketing for product companies

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: As a Nail Services apprentice, you’ll work as a junior nail technician. You’ll assist senior nail technicians in performing manicures, pedicures, natural nail wraps, hand and nail treatments, nail extensions and basic nail art techniques. You will also achieve your NVQ Level 2 in Nail Services.

Advanced Apprenticeship: On the advanced level apprenticeship, you could work as a nail technician or even a session and photographic nail artist. You will have the opportunity to develop specialist skills in creative nail work by planning, designing and creating images for nail art – you may even get involved with photoshoots or competitions. You will also learn how to maintain and repair a range of artificial nail systems and gain a NVQ Level 3 in Nail Services.

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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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