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Apprenticeships with Francesco Group


Frequently Asked Questions


What is an Apprenticeship?

On an Apprenticeship Programme you will be employed full time by a Francesco Group salon or an independent salon we work closely with. This means that you will carry out the majority of your training ‘on-the-job’, allowing you to build up realistic commercial experience. As an Apprentice you will also be required to purchase a Company Hairdressing Kit at a cost of approximately £200, which will contain everything you will need whilst training.






Where will I learn and how will I be assessed?

The majority of your learning and assessment will take place at the salon in dedicated training sessions with the Salon Based Trainer. You are also required to attend Francesco Group’s Head Office and Stafford Academy, or the Hairdressing Training Academies in Birmingham or Poole for two days each month for practical and theory training sessions, training demonstrations and online testing. You will then have progress reviews every ten weeks at your salon, with your Salon Trainer and a representative from the Academy.






How long does the training take?

Apprenticeship programmes usually take eighteen months to achieve. However, there is a twelve month option for those with prior learning (NVQ Level 1) and/or hairdressing experience. The course starts in September each year.






What will I earn?

From the 1st October 2013 a National Minimum Wage (NMW) for apprentices has been introduced for young people aged 16-18 and those aged over 19 in the first year of their Apprenticeship. The new rate is £2.68 per hour. The new NMW applies to time working plus time spent training as this is also part of the Apprenticeship. Anyone not covered by the age category above will be entitled to the NMW appropriate to their age. You will work a minimum of 30 hours a week (maximum 40 hours a week/8 hours a day if under the age of 18) with 20 days paid holiday per year, plus 8 Bank Holidays.






What Qualification will I get?

Your Intermediate Apprenticeship in Hairdressing qualification will be awarded by HABIA (Hair and Beauty Industry Authority), after completing the following elements:


– City & Guilds NVQ Level 2 in Hairdressing

– Functional Skills in Maths, English and IT

– City & Guilds Level 2 Award in Contact Dermatitis Prevention

– Certificate in Employment Rights & Responsibilities

– Two Day Barbering Course

– Personal Learning and Thinking Skills






What will I learn on the NVQ Level 2?

Basic skills in:


– Client Consultation

– Shampooing & Conditioning

– Cutting, Colouring, Perming & Styling

– Setting & Dressing

– Health & Safety






What is special about training with Francesco Group?

You will have inspirational industry role-models in Anya Dellicompagni, Francesco Group’s Director of Hairdressing and Midlands Hairdresser of the Year Finalist. Plus Afro-Carribean Hairdresser of the Year 2009, Michelle Thompson, Creative Director at the Advanced Academy.


The Trainee of the Year Recognition System. Cash prizes are awarded for the highest achieving Apprentices.


Additional training opportunities available with Wella Professionals.


Company hairdressing and photographic competitions to get involved with.






What is an Advanced Apprenticeship and how long will it take to complete?

Once you have achieved your Apprenticeship (or an NVQ Level 2 from a College) you can go on to do an Advanced Apprenticeship, during which you will achieve a City & Guilds NVQ Level 3 in Hairdressing and Functional Skills.


Modules at this level include:



– Further Client Consultation

– Advanced Cutting Techniques

– Creative Colour

– Colour Correction

– Creatively Dress Long Hair

– Artistic and Creative Interpretation

– Further Health & Safety

– Individual & Team Development

– Promoting Additional Products and Services



The Advanced Apprenticeship usually takes fifteen months to achieve. However, there is a twelve-month option available, depending on the candidate and/or salon requirements. This course has two intakes, in April and September each year.






What are the entry requirements?





An aspiration to be the best hairdresser you can be. No formal qualifications are required. On the whole however, success depends mainly on a Salon Interview.


Training on the Apprenticeships Programme for 16 to 18 year olds is a priority and fully-funded by Government. Training for Apprenticeships for those over this age is partly funded, with employers expected to make a part or full contribution.







What happens once I qualify?

You can further your training with a range of advanced courses at Francesco Group’s Advanced Academy, including the Finishing School Programme. Finishing School is available for both advanced cutting and technical training and ensures that newly qualified Apprentices are ready for work on the salon floor.



Career opportunities for qualified hairdressers include:



– Stylist

– Technician

– Hairdressing Trainer

– Salon Manager

– Salon Franchisee

– Salon Owner/Mobile Hairdresser

– Product/Technical Rep

– Hairdressing for competitions, photo-shoots, catwalk shows, stage productions or TV

– Travel – working on cruise ships






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