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THE LONDON BEAUTY TRAINING ACADEMY is a dynamic and innovative vocational training organisation that specialises in high quality beauty training. The LBTA offers high quality training in VRQs, Apprenticeships and Traineeships at our state of the art beauty Academy in Chiswick. The LBTA provide training to beauty salons as well as training individuals that want a career in beauty. We provide training for salon juniors and we also provide salons with trainee Apprentices that have been carefully selected to meet the salon’s own requirements
 

What are Beauty Therapy Apprenticeships and how can Apprenticeships work for your salon?

 
One of the most effective and successful ways to train and develop highly skilled staff for your salon are Apprenticeships. Both new and the existing employees can be trained using this Apprenticeship programme.  An Apprenticeship includes both on-the-job and off-the-job training. 

An Apprenticeship is not a qualification in its own. Instead it is a framework made up of several elements.

• Level 2 VRQ Diploma (Intermediate Apprenticeship) or a Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Beauty Therapy
   (Advanced Apprenticeship)
• Functional Skills in English and maths
• Employee Rights and Responsibilities





The LBTA are excellent ambassadors for the beauty industry with their
professional, current and high quality training





 
To read more about and answer any questions you may have please read the information from the drop down options below.
 
Why choose the LBTA?
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The LBTA has several advantages over other beauty training organisation’s:
Highly professional and industry relevant staff trained to the highest standards
The course duration is 12-15 months to complete each Level within your Apprenticeship programme
We offer enrolment on to our programme throughout the year and we provide training on the day that best suits your need
The LBTA has its own beauty training salon to teach practical skills using highly qualified and experienced trainers
Most assessments are carried out in our salon, minimizing the disruption to your salon operations
We can train your existing staff or provide you with pre-screened Apprentices for you to select
We provide Apprentices with employability skills so that they are capable of operating effectively and efficiently in a commercial salon such as customer service, punctuality, customer relationship, and salon product retailing
The LBTA provides mentors for all their Apprentices      
Our Apprenticeship Mentors will regularly visit to check that you are 100% satisfied and up to date with your Apprentices' progress and achievements.
Facts about Apprentichips
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Up to 80% of the employers who employ Apprentices or trainees, agree that they make their workplace more productive and profitable
The minimum wage for Apprentices is £3.30 an hour
   Up to 88% of employers who employ Apprentices agree that Apprenticeships results in a more motivated and satisfied workforce
Up to 83% of employers who employ Apprentices believe in their Apprenticeships programme, that it provides skilled employees that they need
One out of five employers is hiring Apprentices to help them through this tough economic scenario

Source: National Apprenticeship Service
How much will it cost me?
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The good news is that all the training is paid. Although all trainees will receive the minimum Apprenticeship wage, which is currently £3.30 per hour.
Employer Incentive (AGE 16 to 24)
Apprenticeship Grant for Employers of 16 to 24 year olds (AGE 16 to 24)
AGE 16 to 24 has already helped thousands of employers to grow their business by employing an apprentice. AGE 16 to 24 is available until 31 December 2016, subject to eligibility and availability.

The AGE 16 to 24 Grant for Employers aims to support businesses, who would not otherwise be in a position to do so, to recruit individuals aged 16 to 24 into employment though the Apprenticeship programme.

The National Apprenticeship Service will provide AGE 16 to 24 to eligible employers, in respect of qualifying apprentices, with an individual value of £1,500. Employers can be paid five grants in total during the lifetime of the initiative.

AGE 16 to 24 targets employers with less than 50 employees, who are new to Apprenticeships or haven’t enrolled a new recruit or existing employee onto an Apprenticeship programme in the previous12 months.

To get the AGE 16-24 grant, an employer will need to sign an agreement which includes:
Confirmation of the number of apprentices or trainees, the employer will be taking on the grant (up to 5)
Confirmation that the employer would not have taken the apprentice on without this additionalgrant
A confirmation to employ the apprentice for minimum of 12 month’s period
An Agreement to pay the Apprenticeship National Minimum Wage of £3.30 per hour - although most apprentices get more than £3.30 per hour
Confirmation that the employer has not taken on an apprentice within the last twelve months whether through a new recruitment or through the transfer of an existing employee onto an Apprenticeship programme.

For the further information about this grant, please contact your Employer Engagement Manager on 020 8953 9344 or email enquiries@lbta.co.uk 
How do they benefit my business?
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  In a business, Apprentices assists and support their superiors in their job, in order to make contribution to a business.

  Apprentices are trained in the house style preferred by their employers throughout the training period. By these employers get a ready-made professional at the end of the Apprenticeship who is capable to make a valuable and immediate contribution to the business.

Through Apprenticeships:

An employer can improve his/her competitiveness and meet clients’ demands: Apprenticeships can give your staff such skills and techniques that will help your business to lead the competition and offer clients the demanded products or services.

Increase productivity: Apprentices contribute to the business from the very first day. As they gain experience, Apprentices can apply what they have learned to the workplace environment.

Staff motivation: Existing staff can also take an Apprenticeship, rewarding them for the work they have done. By this, they get motivated to move to the next level. At the same time, it, also ensures their further training will meet the highest industry standards. The staff will contribute positively to the business when they feel more valued and respected.

Recruitment: Recruitment really costs a lot to a business in terms of time and resources. Apprenticeships give the employer a direct access to the well trained and well-motivated young people in your business.

Source: HABIA
What is the national minimum wage?
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National Minimum Wage Rates The National Minimum Wage rate per hour depends on your age and whether you’re an apprentice - you must be at least school leaving age to get it.

These rates are for the National Living Wage and the National Minimum Wage from 1 April 2016.

  Year25 and over21 to 2418 to 20Under 18ApprenticeApril 2016 (current rate)£7.20£6.70£5.30£3.87£3.30

National Minimum Wage rates change every October. National Living Wage rates change every April.

Apprentices are entitled to the apprentice rate if they’re either:
aged under 19
aged 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship.  All other apprentices are entitled to the National Minimum Wage for their age.
Below is further information on Employer Programmes, Employer Responsibilites and Traineeships, clik the drop downs icons to reveal more.
 
Employer programme information
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ITEC VRQ Level 3 Diploma in Beauty Therapy General
The main aim of the ITEC Level 3 VRQ Diploma in Beauty Therapy General is to enable Learners to gain the necessary practical skills and knowledge in order to provide Beauty Therapy services to the general public and to gain employment in the Beauty Industry.

Mandatory Units:
Provide Body Electrical Treatments
Provide Facial Electrical Treatments
Provide Body Massage Treatments
Provide Electrical Epilation Treatments
Monitor Procedures to Safely Control Work Operations
Contribute to the Planning and Implementation of Promotional Activities

Optional Units:
Plan and Provide Air-Brush Make-up
Provide Female Intimate Waxing Services 
Provide Single Eyelash Extension Treatments
Provide Indian Head Massage
Carry Out Massage Using Pre-Blended Aromatherapy Oils
Provide Stone Therapy Treatments
Contribute to the Financial Effectiveness of the Business

The main skills the Learner will perform are:
Consultation techniques – to include treatment plan and contraindications and contra-actions, identifying general body types, different types of body fat and common postural faults, carrying out skin analysis and identifying skin types and conditions
Massage techniques – to include the classical massage movements, use of different massage mediums, mechanical massage and pre-heat treatments and adapting the massage to suit the clients’ specific needs
Body Electrotherapy treatments – to include carrying out relevant tests, selecting, using and adapting products and equipment to suit the clients’ treatment needs and body types and conditions such as Electro Muscle Stimulator, Galvanism, Micro current, Vacuum Suction and Mechanical Massage (G5)
Facial Electrotherapy treatments - to include carrying out relevant tests, selecting, using and adapting products and equipment to suit the clients’ treatment needs and skin types and conditions such as Electro Muscle Stimulator, Galvanism, Micro current, Vacuum Suction and High Frequency
Electrical Epilation treatments – to include consult, plan and prepare for epilation treatment, carrying out the epilation treatment including home and aftercare advise
Contribute to the Planning and Implementation of Promotional Activities – to include prepare, implement, participate in the evaluation of promotional activities and plan and prepare promotional events

The Learner will also develop knowledge about related health and safety and client care and communication which is essential to work and be successful in the Beauty Industry.

The Learner will also be able to choose from a range of optional units to complete the qualification, for example:
Plan and Provide Air-Brush Make-up
Provide Female Intimate Waxing Services 
Provide Single Eyelash Extension Treatments
Provide Indian Head Massage
Carry Out Massage Using Pre-Blended Aromatherapy Oils
Provide Stone Therapy Treatments

ITEC VRQ Level 2 Diploma in Beauty Therapy General
The main aim of the ITEC Level 2 VRQ Diploma in Beauty Therapy General is to enable Learners to gain the necessary practical skills and knowledge in order to provide Beauty Therapy services to the general public and to gain employment in the Beauty Industry.

Mandatory Units
Provide Facial Skin Care Treatment
Provide Pedicure Services
Provide Manicure Services
Enhance the Appearance of Eyebrows and Eyelashes
Carry Out Waxing Services
Develop and Maintain Effectiveness at Work
Promote Additional Services or Products to Customers
Ensure Responsibility for Actions to Reduce Risks to Health and Safety

Optional Units
Provide Make-up Services
Provide Threading Services
Assist with Spa Operations
Enhance Appearance Using Skin Camouflage
Fulfil Salon Reception Duties

The main skills the Learner will perform are:
Consultation techniques – to include planning and preparation, contraindications and contra-actions
Facial skincare treatments – to include cleansing, exfoliation, massage, facial masks and adapting the treatment to suit the client’s specific needs
Manicure and Pedicure – to include care of the nails on the hands and feet, hand and foot massage and application of polish
Enhancing the appearance of eyebrows and eyelashes – to include grooming and shaping the eyebrows and tinting lashes and brows
Waxing – to include removal of hair using hot and cool waxing techniques

Learners will also understand health, safety and hygiene, client care and communication, developing and maintaining your effectiveness at work and promoting additional services and products to customers which is essential in order to work and be successful in the industry.

It also provides:
the related knowledge and understanding required to perform the beauty therapy skills listed above effectively, in particular the anatomy and physiology for the treatments outlined above, common diseases and disorders that may affect when a client should or should not receive treatment
opportunities for Learners to focus on the development of their wider skills in a Beauty Therapy setting, such as communicating with clients, working with others and problem solving
Employer Responsibilities Information 
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The major responsibility of employers is to provide Apprentices with employment for at least 30 hours a week which includes the day release training.

The minimum Apprenticeship wage of £3.30 an hour must be provided to all Apprentice
All Apprentices have to attend training at our Academy for one day a week
The Employer will need to allow the Apprentices to participate in the relevant working practices to enhance their learning
A mentor/assessor will be sent by the LHAA to visit the Apprentice in the workplace as required
The employer will need to hold a current Employers and Public Liability Insurance
The employer must be engaged and support the 3-way review process with the Apprentices and LBTA team in order to discuss his/her progress, issues, concerns and action plans to ensure his/her achievements and success   
The employer has to ensure that the Apprentice has a full induction into your organisation  
Provide a workplace mentor to support, motivate and guide the Apprentice
The employer must comply with Equal Opportunities and Health and Safety legislation
Traineeships At The LBTA
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A traineeship is an education and training programme with work experience that is focused on giving young people the skills and experience that employers are looking for.

Traineeships are very flexible, and the LBTA have designed a Traineeship programme specifically designed to meet the needs of the Beauty Industry.

The LBTA Traineeship Programme

The Traineeship programme is delivered over 16 weeks where the Trainee is required to attend our Academy at Chiswick two days a week.

The four key elements of our Traineeship programmes include:
Workskills Extended Award at Level 1 which includes employability training: a chance to develop exactly the skills and qualities employers are looking for: CV writing, interview techniques, job-search, time management, professional appearance and communication
Maths and English Level 1 Functional Skills
300 hours work placement within the beauty industry (3/4 days a week in a salon)  
VRQ Level 2 in Beauty Therapy

At the end of their traineeship, each young person will be guaranteed a job interview if a role becomes available or an exit interview together with meaningful written feedback to help them secure an apprenticeship or employment with another employer.

If you are interested in finding out more about employing trainees or offering traineeships and the benefits they can bring to a business, please contact the LBTA at enquiries@lbta.co.uk or contact your Employer Engagement Manager on 0208 953 9344

For more information, please click on this link to take you to the Traineeship for Employers page.

Why should employers get involved?

Traineeships are designed to be as simple as possible for employers and can be tailored to suit the specific needs of individual businesses.

On successful completion of the Traineeship, it is hoped the employer will employ the young person as an Apprentice, although there is no obligation to do so. Please click on the link to download the Traineeship factsheet.