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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 Hair and Beauty courses on offer locally for 14-19 year olds - including the new Diplomas in Hair and Beauty - why not check out your local area prospectus?

 

For courses in higher education check out the UCAS website - www.ucas.com

For Apprenticeships check out vacancies on the National Apprenticeship site -  www.apprenticeships.org.uk

 

For job vacancies check out your local Connexions site: