Posted on: 11 January 2019

Apprentices for the Hair and Beauty sector

Research shows that the hair and beauty industry was one of the most popular apprenticeship routes to take in 2015, with over 14,000 people starting an apprenticeship in hairdressing that year.

Due to the introduction of the apprenticeship levy, the number of people starting an apprenticeship has decreased drastically from previous years, but still remains a popular choice for young people looking for an alternative route into the world of work which doesn’t involve 3 years of study.

Surveys have also shown that employers see apprentices as a positive addition to their business with 97% surveyed saying  that an apprentice had been good value for money, and 90% saying that their business had their productivity boosted by employing an apprentice.

Why should I take on an apprentice


When the government introduced the apprenticeship levy in 2017, it only applied to companies who met certain criteria. The levy was applied to companies who had a wage bill of over £3m per year, estimated at the time to be roughly 19,150, meaning that smaller companies could benefit from apprenticeship funding, whilst only contributing to the £3.70 per hour minimum wage to pay the apprentice.


Apprenticeships used to come in the form of frameworks, where the apprentice would be completing qualifications as part of the course, but it was discovered that apprentices were lacking some of the skills required to carry out the job. By 2021, all frameworks will have been phased out, and replaced by standards, where apprentices will complete an end-point assessment, where they will be assessed on what they have learnt throughout their course during a final assessment.

Original hair and beauty frameworks included Barbering, Beauty Therapy, Hairdressing and Nail Services, which will all be withdrawn and replaced by Advanced and Creative Hair Professional, Advanced Beauty Professional, Beauty and Make-up Consultant, Beauty Therapist, Hair Professional, Holistic Therapist or Nail Services Technician.


As the hair and beauty industry is one of the most popular for apprentices, you won’t be short of apprentices who can become part of your business. There is also nothing stopping you from taking on as many apprentices as you need, as long as you can continue to meet the requirements outlined by the authorities.

Professional Development

By training your own apprentice, you will get to know them over the course of the year, but they will also learn about your business. Keeping them as staff beyond their apprenticeship allows you to employ someone who you know can do the job, but also someone who is comfortable working in your environment. They will become an asset to your salon for many years to come.

Taking on an apprentice is your opportunity to pass on your experience and knowledge to a fresh and eager learner, and become a role model, who your apprentice is likely to remember for the rest of their career.

Suit your needs

Unlike most full time courses, an apprentice can start working for you whenever you need them to start. Most colleges or other apprenticeship providers, such as Interserve or National Hairdressing Training Academy, will usually start their apprenticeship programmes in September, but providers will also work to suit your needs. Not Going To Uni reported that there was an increase in job vacancies for apprentices around March, during National Apprenticeship Week.

Hair and Beauty insurance with Premier BusinessCare

The Hair and Beauty industry is constantly changing to adapt to new techniques and treatments. This creates a need for a comprehensive insurance policy that gives you peace of mind in case something goes wrong.

Whether your business is salon based or mobile, Public Liability insurance is one of the most important covers that you should consider. This could help to cover claims against you for injury to or damage to the property of visitors to your premises and also if you are visiting a customer’s premises. If you already employ staff, including apprentices, you are required by law to have Employers’ Liability insurance to cover you in case a member of staff has an accident whilst at work.

These are just some of the covers you should consider. We’ve helped many customers’ source hair and beauty insurance to suit their individual speciality. Our advisors are on hand to make recommendations based on your needs to ensure you have the right protection in place for your business. Contact us today to review your insurance requirements.

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