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Earn While You Learn With An Apprenticeship!

Posted on 18. Jul, 2017 by in Assistants, News, Recruitment

NVQ (National Vocational Qualification)

The NVQ is the certificate that you’ll gain once you have completed an apprenticeship offered by salons across the country. This is by far the single best way to get into the hairdressing industry. It also has the most benefits for candidates as you will earn a salary whilst you’re completing your qualification!

An NVQ combined with an apprenticeship will give you heaps of salon experience, which is priceless over any full-time college course. This is the number one thing that any employer will look for when a CV passes across their desk. By working in the right environment you will gain a tremendous amount of knowledge about the industry and how it works. This will also equip you with the people skills to progress through your career at a much more advanced rate.

What Happens Next?

After the level 2 of the NVQ which gives you all the basic hairdressing training, there is a further option to progress to level 3. This is usually supported by salons and is even a requirement in some. This will give you a much more in depth knowledge of creative colour, cutting techniques and overall, hone the skills that you’d have learnt during level 2.

Colleges that offer NVQ courses will usually always have a recruitment process. These are designed to help you gain employment by passing through your CV to salons that suit you. However, this is not to say that you shouldn’t hand out your CV, with a cover letter in person. Confidence is a very important aspect of this industry and there’s a lot to be said for a candidate putting the time in!

Some people choose to do full-time courses in hairdressing, which does have mixed reviews. I would steer away from the VRQ (Vocational Related Qualification), as the hands on practical aspect isn’t as good as an NVQ and graduates are finding it difficult to find employment, due to the lack of salon experience and the fact that NVQ’s are competence based whereas VRQ’s are study-based programmes.

So if you’re looking to get into hairdressing, then apprenticeship programmes are the number one way! Earn while you learn together with an almost guaranteed stylist position when you finish your training!

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