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Apprenticeships with Francesco Group

What is an Apprenticeship?

On an Apprenticeship programme you will be employed full-time, (between 30 and 40 hours per week) by a Francesco Group Salon or an Independent Salon that we work in partnership with. This means you will work alongside dedicated experienced staff, gain job specific skills, earn a wage and get holiday pay and get time to study equivalating to 20% off the job, which includes theory and practical training at one of our Francesco Group Training Academies bi-weekly.

Where will I learn?

The majority of your training and assessment will take place at the salon in dedicated training sessions with the Salon Based Trainer. You will also be required to attend our state of the art Academies in Stafford, Birmingham or Poole for two days per month (once a week, bi-weekly). Our Academies reflect the most up to date salons and have lecture rooms with interactive presentation equipment and training resources to support you. We have laptops and internet access for independent learning and 1-1 support sessions to help you every step of the way. You will also have progress reviews every ten weeks carried out at your salon, with your Employer and a representative from the Academy.

How long does the training take?

The Hair Professional Apprenticeship takes approximately 18 months to complete, and you will be required to undertake a Practical End Point Assessment to complete your qualification. The majority of our apprenticeships begin in either July or September.

What will I earn?

From 1st October 2013, a National Minimum Wage (NMW) for apprentices was introduced for young people aged 16-18 and those aged over 19 in the first year of their Apprenticeship.

From 1st April 2018, the rate increased to £3.70 per hour and is usually increased each year.

The NMW applies to time working plus time spent training as this is also part of the Apprenticeship. You will work between a minimum of 30 hours and a maximum of 40 hours per week. An apprentice under the age of 18 can only work a maximum of 8 hours a day. You will also be entitled to 20 days paid holiday per year, plus 8 Bank Holidays.

What Qualification will I get?

Your Hair Professional Qualification will be awarded by City and Guilds and is a nationally recognised qualification. You will receive the following during your Apprenticeship:

• City and Guilds Hair Professional Qualification

• Functional Skills in Maths, English and IT Skills at Level 1 or 2 (as required)

• Francesco Group Business Enterprise Project.

What will I learn on the Hair Professional Apprenticeship?

The Hair Professional Apprenticeship covers the following modules:

• Client Care and Consultation

• Safe Working Practices

• Team Working

• Shampoo, Condition and Treat the Hair

• Ladies Cutting

• Colouring

• Styling the Hair.

Apprentices will also choose one of the following optional units to complete:

• Perming

• Relaxing Hair

• Hair Extensions.

What are the benefits of training with Francesco Group?

Francesco Group is one of the largest Hairdressing Companies in the UK and has been established for 50 years. We have been providing hairdressing apprenticeships for over 35 years and as a company we have a huge amount of knowledge and expertise to pass on to aspiring hairdressers.

Also, we have some of the industry’s top and award-winning hairdressers available to inspire you and support you through your apprenticeship. An optional hairdressing kit is available to purchase from us at a very reasonable price of approximately £300. Our apprentices regularly enter and win industry competitions

What are the Entry Requirements?

There are no formal entry requirements for the Hair Professional Apprenticeship, only the aspiration to be the best Hairdresser you can be.
Apprenticeships are offered following the Francesco Group Recruitment Process and are dependent on successful interviews / trials in Salons.

What is a Level 3 Apprenticeship and how long will it take to complete?

Once you have achieved your Level 2 Apprenticeship you can progress on to an Advanced Apprenticeship, during which you will receive a City and Guilds NVQ Level 3 in Hairdressing.

The modules covered on an Advanced Apprenticeship include:

• Client Consultation

• Advanced Cutting Techniques

• Creative Colouring

• Colour Correction

• Creatively Dress Long Hair.

The Advanced Apprenticeship takes around 14 months to complete and begins in March / April each year. (A Senior Hair Professional qualification is currently being developed by industry trailblazers as an alternative to an Advanced Apprenticeship and will be the progression route for the Hair Professional Standard).

What happens once I qualify?

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

What are the Career Opportunities for qualified hairdressers?

• Stylist / Senior Stylist

• Technician / Master Colour Expert

• Hairdressing Educator

• Salon Manager

• Salon Franchisee

• Salon Owner

• Mobile Hairdresser

• Product / Technical Rep

• Trichologist

• Session and Catwalk Stylist

• Cruise Ship Hairdresser


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