6 Tips for Running a Successful Salon Apprenticeship Scheme
If you’re committed to investing in the future of hairdressing and barbering – and interested in nurturing new talent to bring fresh ideas to your salon – running an apprenticeship scheme can be incredibly rewarding and beneficial.
However, the process is also fraught with uncertainties. Not only is there always the looming possibility that you’ll take the time to train and develop an individual, only for them to abandon your salon once they’re qualified. There’s also a financial risk attached
Notwithstanding the government’s ‘grab a grand’ scheme for apprentices aged 16 to 18, you’re either obliged to pay the apprenticeship levy (if your pay bill is over £3 million) or 10% of the cost of training your apprentice, which works out at around £900. You’ll also need to cover the cost of the day each week when they train with the provider.
So, how can you ensure that you’re running a cost-effective scheme that benefits your business while simultaneously having enough time to devote to growing your business? Follow these 6 tips and you’ll soon start seeing the benefits.
Tip 1 – Ensure your apprentice’s personality and style complement your salon’s image
It sounds obvious. But if you’re embarking on an apprenticeship scheme, you’re aiming to mould and develop a stylist into someone who will boost the profile and profitability of your business.
With that in mind, it’s worth taking the time to find an apprentice who shares your salon values – and someone with the commitment and resilience you need to become a successful hairdresser or barber.
Tip 2 – Develop and nurture a strong relationship with your training provider
As a salon owner or manager, the constant demands on your time can make training your apprentice in the right way more challenging. That’s why it’s crucial to have a strong working relationship with your training provider.
When everyone’s on the same page, it’s far easier for your apprentice to know what’s expected of them – and it helps if the feedback they receive is consistent.
Tip 3 – Set a training plan for your apprentice
Setting a training plan will help ensure that you and your apprentice know where they are at all times.
Collaborating with your training provider, put together an ambitious but realistic training plan that reflects your apprentice’s particular needs and skills gaps. Once in place, you’ll be able to monitor your apprentice’s development and easily see the areas where they need extra help.
Tip 4 – Find an online resource to support your apprentice’s learning journey
As a salon owner or manager who’s committed to the highest standards, you want to ensure that you deliver the best possible education, complementing the training delivered by your apprentice’s provider.
But on busy weeks – when client demands naturally take first priority – it’s hard to give your apprentice the attention you know they deserve. What’s more, while you’re incredibly skilled at your job, you may not be the most patient or nurturing teacher!
That’s why it’s vital – if you want your apprenticeship scheme to prosper – to find an additional learning tool to support you in the delivery of your apprentice’s education.
(Bonus tip: We don’t want to blow our own trumpet too much – But with MHD’s unique online learning tool, you’re even able to set and monitor your apprentice’s learning plan!)
Tip 5 – Standardise delivery of education to provide a positive learning experience
Standardising the education your apprentice receives is also a factor in ensuring that they’re successful. That’s another reason why it’s important that you’re constantly in close collaboration with your apprentice’s training provider.
Some of the most successful schemes use the same online learning tool – ours, for example! – to support delivery.
Tip 6 – Smash your apprentice scheme with MHD
Salon owners around the globe are increasingly relying on MHD to support them in the successful delivery of apprenticeship schemes.
MHD is a cost-effective and time saving online learning tool that’s designed to empower your apprentice to achieve a distinction in their ultimate qualification. We’ve spent £3m and over a decade assembling over 500 tutorials from world class instructors on one easy-to-use platform. With all videos are demonstrated in real-time and shot from 3 camera angles, your apprentice will also benefit from our unique See – Do – Stop – Check leaning methodology, empowering them to learn and embed new skills quickly and easily.
All of which ensures that they’ll enjoy a positive learning experience and be best positioned to start boosting the profitability of your salon.
Would you like to experience all the benefits of MHD, for free, for 48 hours? Just click here. For more information, or to speak to one of the MHD team, just fill in the form here and we’ll come straight back to you. Or – if you’re already an MHD member – claim your exclusive 30% discount off MHD membership for your apprentice, click here to start experiencing all the benefits.