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One of the most effective and successful ways to train and develop highly skilled staff for your salon are Apprenticeships. Both new and the existing employees can be trained using this Apprenticeship programme.
The Apprenticeship includes the following:
Level 2 NVQ Diploma or Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Hairdressing
English and maths in a Hairdressing context
Employee understanding of company and legislative policy
Team working and creative thinking



The LHAA are excellent ambassadors for the hairdressing industry with their professional, current and high quality training

Adam Harris, Director, MG Hairdressing


Download our latest brochure packed with all the information you need to take on a hairdressing apprentice for your salon.



During the NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Hairdressing, the LHAA Apprentice will be trained in the following fields:

•  Give customers a good impression of your organization
•  Reception Duties
•  Appointment making
•  Preparation of clients
•  Shampoo & conditioning
•  Hairdressing techniques
•  Styling techniques
•  Colouring techniques
•  Product promotion services

During the NVQ Level 3 Diploma in Hairdressing, the LHAA Apprentice will be trained in the following fields:

•  Monitor procedures to control work operation
•  Promote additional services to customers
•  Provide hairdressing consultation services
•  Cut hair with a combination of techniques
•  Haircolouring using different styles
•  Provide colour correction services
•  Dress hair with creative styles
•  Dress long hair creatively

Moreover, the Apprentices will be able to develop the skills such as self-management, relationship-building with clients, managing the workplace, and techniques which will support their self-directed learning.



Each level of the Apprenticeship programme is of 12-15 months duration, during which the Apprentice must be employed for at least 30 hours a week. Within the 30 hours of employment, Apprentices have to attend the academy one day a week for training and assessment.
The LHAA have introduced an innovative and cost-effective way for you to recruit and train your hairdressing staff.

The LHAA has several advantages over other hairdressing training organisations:
• Highly professional and industry relevant staff trained to the highest    standards
• The course duration is 12-15 months to complete each Level within
   your Apprenticeship programme
• We offer enrolment on to our programme throughout the year and
   we provide training on the day that best suits your need
• The LHAA has its own training salon to teach the hairdressing
   practical skills using highly qualified and experienced trainers
• Most assessments are carried out in our salon, minimizing the
   disruption to your salon operations
• The LHAA have great quality standards and we have been highly
   appraised in our recent OFSTED college based inspection
• We can train your existing staff or provide you with pre-screened
   Apprentices for you to select
• We provide Apprentices with employability skills so that they are
   capable of operating effectively and efficiently in a commercial salon
   such as customer service, punctuality, customer-relationship, and
   salon product retailing
• The LHAA provides mentors for all their Apprentices
• Our Apprenticeship Mentors will regularly visit to check that you are
   100% satisfied and upto date with your Apprentices' progress and
Up to 80% of the employers who employ Apprentices or trainees, agree that they make their workplace more productive and profitable.
• The minimum wage for Apprentices is £3.50 an hour
• Up to 88% of employers who employ Apprentices agree that
   Apprenticeships results in a more motivated and satisfied workforce
• Up to 83% of employers who employ Apprentices believe in their
   Apprenticeships programme, that it provides skilled employees that
   they need
• One out of five employers is hiring Apprentices to help them
   through this tough economic scenario

Source: National Apprenticeship Service
The good news is that all the training is paid. Although all trainees will receive the minimum Apprenticeship wage, which is currently £3.50 per hour.

Employer Incentive (AGE 16 to 24)

Apprenticeship Grant for Employers of 16 to 24 year olds (AGE 16 to 24)
AGE 16 to 24 has already helped thousands of employers to grow their business by employing an apprentice. AGE 16 to 24 is available until 31 December 2016, subject to eligibility and availability.

The AGE 16 to 24 Grant for Employers aims to support businesses, who would not otherwise be in a position to do so, to recruit individuals aged 16 to 24 into employment though the Apprenticeship programme.

The National Apprenticeship Service will provide AGE 16 to 24 to eligible employers, in respect of qualifying apprentices, with an individual value of £1,500. Employers can be paid five grants in total during the lifetime of the initiative.

AGE 16 to 24 targets employers with less than 50 employees, who are new to Apprenticeships or haven’t enrolled a new recruit or existing employee onto an Apprenticeship programme in the previous12 months

To get the AGE 16-24 grant, an employer will need to sign an agreement which includes:

• Confirmation of the number of apprentices or trainees, the
   employer will be taking on the grant (up to 5)
• Confirmation that the employer would not have taken the
   apprentice on without this additional grant
• A confirmation to employ the apprentice for minimum of 12 months
• An Agreement to pay the Apprenticeship National Minimum Wage
   of £3.50 per hour - although most apprentices get more than £3.50
   per hour
• Confirmation that the employer has not taken on an apprentice
   within the last twelve months whether through a new recruitment
   or through the transfer of an existing employee onto an
   Apprenticeship programme

For the further information about this grant, please contact your Employer Engagement Manager on 020 8953 9344 or email 
• In a business, Apprentices assists and support their superiors in their
   job, in order to make a contribution to a business.
• Apprentices are trained in the house style preferred by their
   employers throughout the training period. By this employers get a
   ready-made professional at the end of the Apprenticeship who is
   capable to make a valuable and immediate contribution to the

Through Apprenticeships:
An employer can improve his/her competitiveness and meet
   clients’ demands:
Apprenticeships can give your staff such skills and
   techniques that will help your business to lead the competition and
   offer clients the demanded products or services.
Increase productivity: Apprentices contribute to the business from
   the very first day. As they gain experience, Apprentices can apply
   what they have learned to the workplace environment.
Staff motivation: Existing staff can also take an Apprenticeship,
   rewarding them for the work they have done. By this, they get
   motivated to move to the next level. At the same time it, also
   ensures their further training will meet the highest industry
   standards. The staff will contribute positively to the business
   when they feel more valued and respected.
Recruitment: Recruitment really costs a lot to a business in terms of
   time and resources. Apprenticeships give the employer a direct
   access to the well trained and well motivated young people in your

Source: HABIA
National Minimum Wage - Current rates effective 1st April 2017

These rates are for the National Living Wage and the National Minimum Wage. The rates change every April.  You must be at least school leaving age to get it.

      Year25 & over21-2418-20Under 18Apprentice*April 2017£7.50£7.05£5.60£4.05£3.50

Apprentices are entitled to the apprentice rate if they’re either:
- aged under 19
- aged 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship
Example: An apprentice aged 22 in the first year of their apprenticeship is entitled to a minimum hourly rate of £3.50

Apprentices are entitled to the minimum wage for their age if they both:
- are aged 19 or over
- have completed the first year of their apprenticeship
Example: An apprentice aged 22 who has completed the first year of their apprenticeship is entitled to a minimum hourly rate of £7.05

The programme is based on the following  key elements:

The Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Hairdressing:
• Ensure responsibility and accountability for actions to minimize
  risks to health and safety
• Give customers a good impression of your organization
• Relationship-building with client
• Shampoo, condition and treat the hair and scalp
• Hair-colouring
• Style and finish hair
• Set and dress hair
• Cut hair using basic techniques
• Performing reception duties
• Develop and maintain your effectiveness on work

  Essential Skills
• English and maths in the context of hairdressing

The major responsibility of employers is to provide Apprentices with employment for at least 30 hours a week which includes the day release training

• The minimum Apprenticeship wage of £3.50 an hour must be

    provided to all Apprentices
• All Apprentices have to attend training  at our Academy for one day

    a week
• The Employer will need to allow the Apprentices to participate in

    the relevant working practices to enhance their learning
• A mentor/assessor will be sent by the LHAA to visit the Apprentice

    in the workplace as required
• The employer will need to hold a current Employers and Public

    Liability Insurance
• The employer must be engaged and support the 3-way review

   process with the Apprentices and LHAA team in order to discuss
    his/her progress, issues, concerns and action plans to ensure
    his/her achievements and success
• The employer have to ensure that the Apprentice has a full

    induction into your organization
• Provide a workplace mentor to support, motivate and guide

    the Apprentice
• The employer must comply with Equal Opportunities and Health

    and Safety legislation
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