Apprenticeship Training in Hairdressing / Barbering & Beauty

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What is an End Point Assessment?

End Point Assessments are carried out by IAEs who have no connection with the learner, employer or training provider. IAEs are appointed by an Assessment Organisation (AO).

IAE’s will observe learners carrying out specified practical tasks - as set out in the Assessment Plan - there will also be oral questioning to check learner knowledge, skills and overall understanding.

Learners will be able to re-take End Point Assessments but must complete the whole assessment not pick which parts they wish to re-take - there will be additional costs for any re-takes which are unlikely to be covered by funding.

Employers are strongly advised to submit learners for their End Point Assessment only when they are confident that their apprentice is competent in all skills, knowledge and behaviour.

As you may be aware, Apprenticeship Frameworks are currently being phased out and being replaced with “Hair Professional” & “Beauty Professional” Standards from 1st May 2017.

The Trailblazers have approved the Level 2 Standards & Assessment Plan which have now been published by the Government.

These new Standards are at a higher level, then the original frameworks and a super Level 2 will now include knowledge, skills and behaviour that had previously been covered under Level 3 of the “old” framework.

What is the difference between the Old Framework & the New Standards

End Point Assessment will be carried out between an IAE (Independent Apprenticeship Examiner) at the end of the apprenticeship - much like a “Trade Test”.

The New Qualification is a Diploma for Hair Professionals which caters for Hairdressing and Barbering.

Learners who achieve A* - C in Maths & English are exempt from Functional Skills - but those learners who don’t achieve these GCSE grades must pass Level 1 in Functional Skills. They will also be required to take the Level 2 test (even if they don’t pass it).

Apprenticeships will now be graded as either a Pass or a Distinction. This will be dependent on the learner’s overall End Point Assessment performance.

All other assessments will be carried out by the Training Provider throughout the apprenticeship.

The Apprenticeship Levy


Large Employer: (with a payroll of £3m or more) - 0.5% of pay roll goes to Levy

Medium Sized Employer: (e.g. 80 employees taking on an older apprentice) - 10% or £900 per apprentice

Medium Sized Employer: (e.g. 80 employees taking on 16-18 year old) - 10% or £900 per apprentice. Both Employer and Training Provider will receive an incentive payment of £1000

Small Employer: (e.g. 50 employees taking on 16-18 year old) - Nothing. Both Employer and Training Provider will receive an incentive payment of £1000

Small Employer: (e.g. 10 employees taking on 19 year old) - 10% or £900 per apprentice

Employer Responsibilities

As an employee, apprentices are entitled to the same benefits as any other employee. When employing an apprentice, there are certain requirements that need to be adhered to. The requirements are:

  • Apprenticeship National Minimum Wage = £3.90 as of April 2019.

  • Issuing a Contract of Employment.

  • Minimum Hours of Employment: Apprentices should work at least 30 hours per week, although we recognise that this may be greater; should also include 20% off-the-job training either in the work place or with a training provider.

  • New Apprenticeship Agreements are required to include a “Commitment Statement” this will need to be signed by the employer, apprentice and a parent/carer if the apprentice is 16 18 year olds. L&F will produce this for you.