The hair and beauty industry is vibrant, dynamic and a fast paced industry, offering hundreds of employment and training opportunities. With apprenticeships in hairdressing, beauty and make up artistry there are plenty of ways to get started in the industry. You can work in salons; become self employed and even go onto working with weddings and photo-shoots after you have been trained. Here are some of the possible job roles you could consider.
A spa therapist usually works in a spa or resort setting; they are expected to deliver therapeutic treatments such as massages, scrubs, wraps and therapeutic baths.
The therapist is expected to create a very relaxing and calming environment for their clients and to promote wellbeing, so your training will include a lot of interpersonal skills development as well as training in the techniques and therapies themselves.
Hair stylists cut, colour and style a client’s hair to how they would like it and to suite their appearance. Hair stylists can go from working in a salon to working on movie sets with celebrities.
This skill is extremely versatile and stylists even end up working in five star hotels, planes and cruise ships. The apprenticeships are normally done in, and often run by salons, as it’s a very hands-on training programme.
Nail technicians are responsible for client’s fingernails and toenails; this may be simple maintenance or enhancing them using techniques such as extensions. Most responsibilities include manicures, pedicures, nail shaping, cuticle grooming, callus removal, synthetic nail treatments and the application of nail polish.
A make up artist uses cosmetics to enhance someone’s appearance through different techniques, they are vital to the entertainment world from getting someone ready in the entertainment world to creating something more artistic for a television show. A good eye for detail and consistency is vital to display when applying for this kind of position, as you will need both on the job every day.
Beauty therapists carry out face and beauty treatments to make them look and feel better. Work includes face and body treatment such as, basic make up skills, manicures, pedicures, eyebrow shaping and eyelash tinting, electrotherapy treatments, skin improvement treatments and tanning treatments. This is probably the broadest apprenticeship within the industry, so be prepared to invest more time in the process, but it will make you more versatile and employable.
After gaining enough experience you may decide to become a trainer and teach the next generation of beauty therapists, make up artist, nail technician and spa therapists.
These are just a few of the job roles you can go on and do within the hair and beauty industry, and you can start all of these careers by doing an apprenticeship and gaining the correct skills needed. You can see the apprenticeships we currently have listed locally using our interactive map.