Why Take on an Apprentice?
Taking on an apprentice is full of reward for both you and your apprentice. Your time, knowledge and experience in our industry is an incredibly valuable tool that will help to develop the next generation of beauty therapists.
Omni Academy is a private training academy which offers the government funded apprenticeship. Based in Walton on Thames, Surrey, we pride ourselves on delivering unbeatable training and producing outstanding, competent, commercially viable therapists.
The apprenticeship programme runs for a year and a week for Level 2 and year and a week for Level 3. As per the nature of the Beauty Industry, we appreciate that many treatments are delivered in the privacy of a treatment room and its not always appropriate for apprentices to observe in these situations. Therefore Omni has devised a very special training programme where we front load the technical training, to enable apprentices to master their trade and allow you, the employer the opportunity to nurture, mould and perfect the therapists of the future. More importantly you will be able to utilize their skills continually, as they progress, to your commercial gain.
The Apprenticeship is a government funded course but Apprentices will need to be employed in a salon for a minimum of 30 hours per week. The current minimum wage for an apprentice is £3.50 per hour. If it is their second year of apprenticeship and they are over the age of 19, this will increase to the national minimum wage for their age group.
As an academy, Omni will work very closely with you, the salon to make sure that you are getting maximum benefit from your apprentice.
How will my apprentice be trained?
Within the 30 hour week your apprentice will be released from your salon for training with us at Omni Academy where we front load their practical training. This training takes place on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 9.30am-4.30pm for 15 weeks for Level 2. In this time they learn practical skills in:
- Manicure & Pedicure
- Lash & Brow Tinting and Shaping
- Facials & Skincare
- Cosmetic Make-up
When it comes to Level 3 the training at the Academy, this runs Thursdays, 9.30am-4.30pm for 29 weeks. Within this time apprentices learn:
- Swedish Body Massage
- Hot Stones Massage
- Pre-Blended Aromatherapy
- Indian Head Massage
- Advanced Electrical Facial Treatments
Assessment sessions are timetabled into the training days with us within which your apprentice will complete both practical and theory exams. They will also have theory assignments to complete outside of the Academy. We are very structured here at Omni and our students have deadlines in which to achieve these assignments, which fall inside of their training time frame.
If at the end of their training they still have any outstanding assessments or assignments we will book them back into the academy to come and complete these. They will also need to book in tutorials with Lisa, the Apprenticeship coordinator, periodically between the time they finish their training and completing their apprenticeship. If functional skills is applicable this will also need to be achieved within Omni academy.
Are there any charges applicable to employing an Apprentice?
If you are employing an apprentice who is 19 or over, the government requires the employer to make a 10% contribution to the cost of the apprentice’s training. In this instance the £1000.00 employer incentive will not apply.
If your company has more the 50 employees the government requires the employer to make a 10% contribution towards the cost of the apprentice’s training. This is applicable for all apprentices, regardless of their age. In this instance the £1000.00 employer incentive will not apply.
Is there any funding available to help me to employ an Apprentice?
If your apprentice is aged 16-18 and your company employs less than 50 staff, you will receive a government incentive of £1000.00 to help you to take on your apprentice.