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An introduction
courtesy of
The Health & Beauty Industry Authority


NVQs/SVQs in Beauty Therapy
Thorough training is essential for today's competitive market and NVQs/SVQs are qualifications about work, based upon standards developed by Beauty Therapists. For new entrants to beauty therapy, having an NVQ/SVQ shows employers that you can do the job to the high standard that industry requires. If you are an experienced beauty therapist, gaining an NVQ/SVQ is one way to update your skills and have them recognised. There are other vocational qualifications available often in specialist areas.

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Level 2
Level 2 is an initial step into the beauty industry. By working towards Level 2 standards you are covering basic skills and knowledge needed in every salon by beauty therapists. While you are learning you will be under the supervision of more experienced staff in the salon. Upon completion of Level 2 you will have a good insight into the world of beauty and could be starting your Level 3. Level 2 skills include:
  • Manicures/Pedicures
  • Eyebrows/Eyelash treatment
  • Depilation (Waxing)
  • Reception
  • Facials
  • Make-up
  • Health & Safety
  • Ear Piercing

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Level 3
Level 3 is the key outcome for the Modern Apprenticeship. It is a high level qualification expanding on technical beauty skills, roles and responsibilities within the salon. It is a progression from Level 2 and covers:
  • Body Massage
  • Epilation
  • Facial and body conditioning treatments
  • Supervisory Skills
  • Aromatherapy
  • Nail Extensions
  • Specialist make-up techniques

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Key Skills (Core skills in Scotland)
Key and core skills are seen by employers as essential for making someone employable. They enable new employees to make an effective contribution to the business through being able to apply knowledge and technical skills and are an integral part of Modern Apprenticeships.

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Additional Skill Components
Additional Skill Components are an integral part of the Modern Apprenticeship. They provide further flexibility for employers and trainees to design a training programme which will suite their needs, eg:
  • Customer Services
  • Additional Beauty Therapy Units
  • Foreign Language
  • Retailing
  • Specialist make-up courses
  • Specialist courses such as Red Vein Removal, Indian Head Massage, Reflexology
  • Manufacturers Courses
  • Health & Safety

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Modern Apprenticeships
Modern Apprenticeships are a way of training and learning while earning a wage at the same time as gaining valuable experience and working towards high level qualifications. Many beauty therapists will start their Modern Apprenticeship at Level 2 NVQ/SVQ on a full-time college course.

Modern Apprentices will become tomorrow's technicians, supervisors, salon managers and high-flying therapists.

Training and Enterprise Council.

  • Target qualification is NVQ Level 3
  • No fixed time span but likely to last 3.5 years
  • Nationally agreed and set framework
  • Funding assistance is available through TECs

1. Level 2 & 3 NVQ/SVQ in Beauty Therapy
2. Key skills in Communication, Application of Number, Problem Solving, Working with Others, Improving Own Learning and Information Technology.
3. An Additional Skill Component.

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Training in Scotland (Scotland Skillseekers)
Prior to leaving school young people are informed about Skillseekers, which is a mechanism used to release funding for job training. Every Skillseeker will work towards an industry recognised Vocational Qualification. Skillseekers is available to all school leavers aged 16 and 17 years old. It is also available to 18 year olds who are leaving school or college to enter the job market for the first time.

Modern Apprenticeships within Skillseekers
Developed by HABIA, the Modern Apprenticeship in Beauty Therapy is a new option within Skillseekers which leads to SVQ/NVQ Level 3. With the Skillseekers Modern Apprenticeship you can train for a career, study for a qualification and get paid all at the same time.

Your Local Enterprise Company (LEC).

  • Level 2 SVQ/NVQ in Beauty Therapy
  • No Core Skills
  • Usually Employed Status

  • Level 2 and 3 SVQ/NVQ in Beauty Therapy
  • Core Skills: Information Technology, Communication, Use of Number, Personal Skills, Problem Solving
  • One or more Additional Skill Components

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Northern Ireland (Jobskills and Modern Apprenticeships)
The Modern Apprenticeship within Jobskills covers all aspects of beauty therapy needed to succeed in the industry. Successful Modern Apprentices will become the high flying beauty therapists of the future. The Jobskills Modern Apprenticeship in Beauty Therapy is primarily aimed at 16-17 year old school and college leavers.

Your local Training and Employment Agency office.

  • Level 2 NVQ in Beauty Therapy

  • Level 2 and 3 NVQ in Beauty Therapy
  • Key Skills: Communication, Numeracy, Personal Skills, Problem Solving
  • One or more Additional Skill Components

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Fulltime Courses
Full time Beauty Therapy courses are available through colleges of further education and some private training providers. Find out whether the tuition fees are paid for you and how much work experience you will get in a salon. If you have to pay the fees yourself ask about tax relief and if Career Development Loans are available. Check if the course leads to a full NVQ or SVQ. For shorter specialist courses unit credits may be given for certains parts of an NVQ/SVQ.

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New Deal
The New Deal aims to help young people aged 18+ who have been unemployed for 6 months or more and receiving Jobseekers Allowance, to find work and to improve their prospects of remaining in sustained employment.

In addition, certain groups of your people will be able to choose the New Deal before reaching six months of unemployment. Such groups will include people with disabilities, ex offenders and lone parents.

New Deal will provide a range of help including a gateway process which includes assistance with job search, careers advice and preparation for the range of New Deal options.

The Employment Service.

Further Information
For further information on a career in Beauty Therapy, why not visit the HABIA web site.

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