This course is for learners looking for a career as a nail technician.
As an apprentice, you will be working in a nail salon. You will assist in the smooth running of the salon. You will generally spend 4 days a week at work and one day in college. A typical day in the workplace will involve welcoming the clients, answering the phone and making appointments and general housekeeping duties to keep the salon tidy. You must be willing to learn new skills and take part in training activities to enhance your learning.
The college has contacts with some salons although it is good if you try and find your own employer as the salons like to meet you in person.
The day you are in college, you will do some theory based work and some practical tasks. These will cover the application of gel and acrylic nails and advanced nail art. You will also learn about health and safety in the workplace. Knowledge of the products you use is important, so you will learn about how to sell the products to the client as well as communicating and interacting effectively. You will have the opportunity to put your skills into practice on paying clients in the College salon.
If you need to complete Functional Skills qualifications, these will be delivered in college.
2 GCSEs at A*-D or acceptable alternatives including English Language with Maths no lower than an E. You will also need to gain a suitable employer.
Throughout the course you will be assessed in the workplace to demonstrate the skills you are learning. The theory side of the course is assessed by online assessments in college. These are followed up by assessments on paying clients in the college salon.
The majority of apprentices continue in paid employment in a salon once they complete their qualification.
Will this course suit me?
A Nail Services apprenticeship will suit you if you have an artistic flair and an eye for detail. You will need good people skills and be able to communicate well with clients and your fellow staff members. Be prepared to work long days.
You will be expected to buy a uniform for the college based practical sessions and a nail kit consisting of essential equipment.