Are you creative? Do you have good hand-eye skills?
Got staying power? – you’ll need lots of stamina to work in hair and beauty!
If you don’t mind long hours or working weekends, are interested in appearance, fashion, health and working closely with people, this might be the right job sector for you!
Routes into this job sector
There are various types of qualifications available:
- At 14 GCSEs in English, maths will help get you into this sector. Your school might also offer vocational qualifications such as BTECs, OCR Nationals, etc. related to this specific job sector.
- At 16 you have more options, you could do A Levels, which are general academic subjects, or develop your knowledge and skills for this sector through an apprenticeship/traineeship or vocational qualifications.
- At 18 or 19 your options open further - you may wish to do a higher education/university course, with 8 out of 10 A Level students choosing this pathway and half of all BTEC National students. However there are other routes into your chosen career - through apprenticeships and vocational qualifications
Many jobs in this sector require vocational qualifications or on the job training such as apprenticeships. It is also important to keep up with the latest trends, through further training. You will also have to combine your creative flair with customer service skills and business knowledge. Self-employment is quite normal in this sector and many people also learn how to run their own business.
Routes into hairdressing and barbering are mostly through work-based apprenticeships in salons, where on the job training is offered alongside study at college. Reflections Training Academy offers appenticeships in this job sector.
Vocational qualifications are also available for beauty therapy, nail technician services and holistic therapies such as aromatherapy and reflexology. Whilst qualifications are vocationally based and start from GCSE level there are opportunities to progress right through to degree level if you wish.
Spotlight on... Apprenticeships in Beauty Therapy
This apprenticeship is about improving people’s well-being by making them look and feel better. As an apprentice, you will work in a beauty salon, health spa or hotel assisting in the smooth running of the salon and supporting the beauty team.
A typical day as an Intermediate apprentice will involve welcoming clients, answering the phone, making appointments and keeping the salon tidy. You will also assist senior therapists and learn a range of skills and techniques, such as facial techniques, waxing, spray tan, brow treatments, manicures and pedicures and applying make-up.
As an Advanced Apprenticeship, you’ll work as a beauty therapist, learning techniques like body massage as well as more complicated treatments.
There can be lots of opportunities to progress - with further training you could become a make-up artist, run your own salon, or go on to study specialist areas like massage, aromatherapy, hydrotherapy or reflexology.