Beauty therapy apprenticeship

Beauty therapy apprenticeship

A Beauty Therapy apprenticeship is about improving people’s wellbeing by making them look and feel better.

Beauty therapy covers a range of treatments, from facials to waxing to advanced treatments such as micropigmentation. You’ll work closely with clients and will need the ability to put them at ease, and generally be pleasant and personable.

As a Beauty Therapy apprentice at Intermediate Level, you’ll assist senior therapists as required and provide short, express treatment to clients. You will learn a range of skills and techniques, including facials, make-up, waxing, spray tanning, brow and lash treatments, manicures and pedicures.

On the Advanced Level apprenticeship, you’ll generally specialise in a particular area such as body massage, electrical treatments, make-up or general beauty therapy. Beauty therapists commonly carry out a range of tasks such as electrical epilation, skin camouflage, fashion and photographic make-up and airbrush make-up.

After successful completion of an apprenticeship, you could go on to study specialist areas and advanced practices such as photo rejuvenation of the skin using intense pulsed light or laser systems, and cosmetic skin peel and skin needling treatments. You might also go on to practise complementary therapies such as aromatherapy, hydrotherapy and reflexology.

Most therapists are based in salons or spas, although some can work in hospitals, resorts and even cruise liners. It can be a glamorous career choice: with further training you might become a make-up artist for film and TV, or help develop new products. In the future you might run your own salon, or work for individual clients.

After successful completion of an apprenticeship, you could go on to study specialist areas like massage, aromatherapy, hydrotherapy or reflexology.



Intermediate (Level 2), Advanced (Level 3)

Starting salary (once qualified):

£12,000–£17,000. A beauty therapist income will be above the minimum wage. Some specialist beauty therapists will earn a higher income depending on their area of expertise.

Job roles:

Junior beauty therapist, Express beauty therapist, Beauty professional, Beauty therapist, Beauty massage therapist, Make-up artist

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