You have taken the first step on the road to becoming a fully qualified hairdresser!
What you may not know is that you do not have to stay on at school at the end of Year 11 you have the following choices to continue your education:
1. You can complete a Traineeship or Apprenticeship with Central Training Group or another provider
2. You can complete a full-time study programme with Central Training Group or another college
3. You can stay on at school for 6th form or apply to another school for 6th form
If you choose option 1 or 2, then :
Earn while you learn
Apprenticeships are 'on the job' training and, as such, you are also an employee. As an employee, you are entitled to a salary which means you earn while you learn and you are not accruing any student debts. As an Apprentice you will receive a minimum wage of £3.40 per hour (rising to £3.50 per hour in April 2017) if you are under 19 or over 19 and in the first year of your Apprenticeship. From the second year of your Apprenticeship, you are entitled to receive the full minimum wage rate. You can check the current, minimum wage rate by CLICKING HERE.
To prepare you fully for the apprenticeship you will start your learning journey by completing around three months on a Traineeship with one of our brilliant employers. During this time you will gain employment experience, confidence and excellent customer service skills that will give you everything you need to succeed as an apprentice.
At the end of the Traineeship the employer will interview you for your Apprenticeship.
You will have either completed a Traineeship or you MAY have been working in a salon as Saturday staff prior to starting the apprenticeship. Once you start your apprenticeship you will be employed as a full-time member of the busy salon team and be paid at least the National Minimum Wage for Apprentices which is currently £3.30 per hour. This is a great opportunity for you to earn while you learn and there is no other training route that will pay you to learn.
The Traineeship and Apprenticeship will take around 18 months when you will have the opportunity to progress to Barbering or an Advanced Apprenticeship at Level 3.
If you do not feel ready for employment but are still keen to start a career in hairdressing then the college-based Study Programme is an ideal option for you. On this Programme you will complete Hairdressing in our busy salon, work on clients and have the opportunity to take part in the annual photographic competition alongside the apprentices. We strongly encourage you to also gain some work experience in a salon as this will enhance your learning and give you the opportunity to progress into a job at the end of the course.
The Study Programme at Level 2 is one academic year and you will then have the opportunity to progress to an apprenticeship or a higher study programme.
As well as offering the very best Hairdressing training, Central offer excellent support for all learners. If you need help with your Numeracy or Literacy or have any other support needs, we are here to help you. CLICK HERE for details.