Apprenticeships: For Employers
Why Take on an Apprentice?
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 £4.15 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 salons start to rebuilt after the Lockdown they can reduce their Apprentices’ employed hours to a minimum of 16 hours per week.
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 working 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
- Gel Polish
- Lash & Brow Tinting and Shaping
- Lash Extensions
- Facials & Skincare
- Cosmetic Make-up
- Back, Neck & Shoulder Massage
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
- Advanced Electrical Facial Treatments
- Advanced Body Electrical Treatments
Practice Assessment sessions are timetabled into the training days with us. Alongside their timetabled hours at the Academy, they will have theory assignments to complete outside of the Academy. We are very structured at Omni and our students have deadlines in which to achieve these assignments, which fall inside of their training time frame.
In addition to their Beauty Therapy training timetable, Apprentices will attend the Academy monthly for Apprenticeship Development Days. During this time they will cover additional topics such as Equality & Diversity, Safeguarding and Current Affairs.
At the end of the year Apprentices will need to achieve an End Point Assessment. During this process an external examiner will attend the Academy to assess Apprentices performing a series of treatments. This is then graded as a Pass, Distinction or Fail. Apprentices must achieve the End Point Assessment in order to complete their Apprenticeship.
The Certificate achieved at Level 2 is a ‘Level 2 Diploma for Beauty Professionals’.
At Level 3 its an ‘Advanced Beauty Therapist’.
If functional skills (Maths & English) is applicable this will also need to be achieved within Omni Academy.
Costs & Incentives
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.
From 1st August 2020 employers can claim an additional £2000 for any new Apprentices aged 16-24.
From 1st August 2020 employers can claim £1500 for any new Apprentices aged 24+.
10% Towards Cost of Training
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.
10% Towards Cost of Training
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.