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Find out about the ways in to jobs in:

Ways in to jobs in Beauty Therapy

  • Entry is possible at all levels - but to work as a qualified beauty therapist you will need a recognised Level 3 qualification such as a Level 3 NVQ or Diploma in beauty therapy. To gain this qualification many entrants either train on an Apprenticeship or on a full-time college course. Apprenticeships are available in beauty therapy, make-up or massage.
  • Some entrants train up to Higher National Diploma, Foundation Degree or degree level. Subjects on offer include beauty therapy, international spa management and cosmetic science.
  • Employers always look for candidates, in this type of work, who have strong people and communication skills.
  • The new Diploma in Hair and Beauty Studies could also be a good way of finding out more about the industry and showing employers that you have a strong interest in the beauty therapy industry.

Ways in to jobs in Hairdressing

  • Most people enter the industry either as an Apprentice, gaining their qualifications at the same time as working, or by doing a full-time college course in hairdressing.
  • Hairdressers, to qualify, need vocational qualifications, such as NVQs in hairdressing or barbering. Level 1 covers the basic introductory skills for an assistant hairdresser; Level 2 includes the essential skills needed for hairdressers; and Level 3 covers more advanced hairdressing techniques and management skills. Hairdressers with a minimum of NVQ Level 3 can teach trainees. There is also a specialist hairdressing NVQ levels 1 to 3 in African-Caribbean hairdressing.
  • Employers always look for candidates, in this type of work, who have strong people and communication skills and who have an interest in the industry.
  • The new Diploma in Hair and Beauty Studies could also be a good way of finding out more about the industry and showing employers that you have a strong interest in hairdressing.

Ways in to jobs in Nail Services

  • To qualify as a nail technician you need a recognised qualification - at least to level 2. Qualifications include NVQ Levels 2 and 3 in nail services, CIBTAC Nail Technician Diploma, ITEC Level 3 Diploma in nail technology, VTCT Level 2 Certificate in nail treatments, NVQ Level 3 in beauty therapy (with a specialist unit in artificial nail systems) or a BTEC National Award, Certificate or Diploma in beauty therapy sciences (with a specialist unit in nail systems).
  • Nail technicians may enter via an Apprenticeship in nail services or after a full-time college course.
  • Nail technicians can take additional qualifications to extend their skills in areas such as nail art, skin painting, make-up, massage, ear piercing and waxing.
  • Nail art qualifications include the ITEC Diploma in nail art at Levels 2 and 3, VTCT Level 2 Certificate in nail arts and the City & Guilds Certificate in specialist beauty therapy - nail art. Employers always look for candidates, in this type of work, who have strong people and communication skills.
  • The new Diploma in Hair and Beauty Studies could also be a good way of finding out more about the industry and showing employers that you have a strong interest in the nail services industry.

Ways in to jobs in Spa Therapy 

  • Spa therapists need a qualification at level 3 in the treatment or therapies they offer. Entry to level 3 courses or an Advanced Apprenticeship is usually with three or four GCSEs (A*-C), or an NVQ Level 2 in beauty therapy.
  • Spa therapists may enter via an Apprenticeship. There are Advanced Apprenticeships with a pathway in spa therapy that leads to an NVQ Level 3 in spa therapy. Some enter after a full-time college course such as the BTEC National Diploma in Beauty Therapy.
  • Some entrants train up to Higher National Diploma, Foundation Degree or degree level. Subjects on offer include beauty and spa services, international spa management and beauty therapy sciences.
  • Employers always look for candidates, in this type of work, who have strong people and communication skills.
  •  The new Diploma in Hair and Beauty Studies could also be a good way of finding out more about the industry and showing employers that you have a strong interest in the spa therapy industry.

 

For more information about the courses on offer locally for 14-19 year olds why visit your local area prospectus? - www.barnsley1419.info

For courses in higher education check out the UCAS site

For Apprenticeships see the vacancies on the National Apprenticeship website

You can also ring the Barnsley Connexions Centre for information on local Apprenticeships on 01226 205686

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