An employer's guide to apprenticeships

The UK salon and spa industry is growing rapidly...

And so is the need for trained, skilled therapists. Beauty therapy apprenticeships are proving to be a valuable way for employers to:

  • Harness new talent and creative ideas.
  • Improve therapists’ job satisfaction.
  • Grow a team of skilled, commercially-orientated therapists.
  • Reduce staff turnover.
  • Offer young people the chance to develop rewarding and long-term careers.

 IBHA offers quality training and is committed to supporting employers and learners with continual progression and development. 

A unique approach

IBHA is based within an award-winning beauty salon, Cedars Health and Beauty Centre. This unique setup combines a state-of-the-art training facility with a real working salon, which provides students with relevant and current knowledge and experience of the industry. 

Small class sizes guarantee personal support and guidance throughout the apprenticeship. We understand that businesses seek to employ therapists who can work effectively, efficiently, and professionally at all times. 

IBHA offers a ‘roll on, roll off’ programme. This means apprentices can join our programme at any time of the year. Apprentices will be required to meet the same professional standards we have always demanded from our students, such as regular attendance and strong attention to detail.

For more information please download the IBHA employer's guide to hair and beauty apprenticeships.




How do apprenticeships benefit the employer?

Grow your team while keeping staff costs down

Investing in apprentices is a cost-effective way of growing talent, with government funding available to employers to cover costs of training. 

Provide young people with career opportunities

Offering apprenticeships gives you the chance to play an active role in moulding the future workforce and creating the skills that enable businesses to grow. 

Employer incentive

If you employ less than 50 people, you may be entitled to a £1,000 employer incentive from the government for taking on an apprentice aged 16 – 18. The first half will be paid approximately halfway through the apprenticeship and the remainder upon completion

Flexibility for existing employees

While the apprentice learns the intricacies of reception work, client care and day-to-day salon and spa duties, you can free up your existing workforce. 

Give your new team skills and energy

96% of apprentice employers have experienced benefits from taking on apprentices and 78% say they have improved business productivity1

Improve staff loyalty

Apprenticeships can help to improve staff retention. 65% of apprentices stay working for the company that trained them when they've completed their apprenticeship1

1. National Apprenticeship Service, Achieving the benefits of apprenticeships – A guide for employers, October 2018.


Find out more

Interested in employing an apprentice? Here is some information to explain your options and help you get started.

What employers say

"IBHA has been instrumental in bringing Eden Hotel Collection's spa apprenticeship vision to life and integral to ensuring that we launch a quality based training provision, for this increasingly undervalued skillset. From our initial meeting, we were instantly impressed with Julie and Debbie's wealth of experience, specialist knowledge, passion for the industry and most importantly, the quality in all they do."

"We are very proud to have created the first academy of its kind in partnership with IBHA and in not only creating roles for young people new to the industry but also developing and broadening their skills outside of a traditional college environment. We greatly value the relationship with IBHA and look forward to a long and collaborative working relationship." - Lisa Redding, Head of HR for the Eden Hotel Collection, February 2019