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Course overview

The topics you will cover whilst training include:
Manicure and pedicure services: you will learn the methods of assessing customer requirements, techniques, products, tools and equipment used within a manicure and the anatomy and physiology of the lower arm, hand, and nail (for manicures) and the feet and nails (for pedicures).
Nail products and services - you will learn about the range of nail services available and the advances and disadvantages of nail enhancements systems and maintenance; the different retail products, tools and equipment for the nails and skin; about specialist nail products and services and, booking systems.
Gel polish services for nails: You will learn the techniques, tools and equipment used to apply, maintain and remove gel polishes and be able to consult, plan, prepare and provide gel polish services on customers/clients.
Basic nail art services: you will learn the techniques, tools and equipment used within nail art.
Nail enhancement services: you will learn the different types of nail enhancements and how to carry out each technique, the different types of tools and equipment and how to use them; to include acrylic, silk and gel systems.

Typical job roles include:
Nail services technician offers a range of services for customers’/clients’ nails. They complete all duties and treatments within the scope of the occupation. A Nail services technician works independently or as part of a team, supported by a salon/nail bar manager. They demonstrate a willingness to learn, have an enquiring and curious mind and are enthusiastic to learn about their chosen career. In addition they exhibit a good work ethic applied to learning, drive and commitment to learn and maintain continual professional development. They complete nail services on a one-to-one basis with individual customers/clients within commercial timings. The occupation is fast-paced and customer-focused, providing a range of bespoke nail services, advice and product recommendations whilst meeting legal, industry and organisational requirements and codes of practice. The work environment can be varied in size, style and ambience, from a cruise ship, through to small nail bars or stations, retail environments or luxury high end beauty salons or spas.
A Nail services technician:
-maintains and manages a nail bar or station in accordance with legal requirements and manufacturer’s instructions
-assesses customer’s/client’s requirements, choosing the most appropriate services and products
- makes and advises on bookings
-implements and practices safe ways of working for themselves and others in accordance with legal, industry and organisational requirements
-advises, demonstrates, recommends and sells a range of products and tools used in nail services
- uses a range of techniques, products, tools and equipment to provide:
-manicure services
- pedicure services
-advice to customers/clients on nail products and services
-gel polish services for nails
-basic nail art services
-nail enhancement services
- completes services to a high standard, maintaining customer confidentiality and rights
-portrays professionalism that meets legal, industry and organisational requirements and codes of practice for nail services

What else do I need to know?

On an apprenticeship programme you usually will work for a minimum of 30 hours a week for the employer and then have one day a week at college or designated time in the workplace.
Some job roles will require a DBS before starting, you will be advised at interview stage if this is required.
Whilst you are on an apprenticeship your employer pays you a salary, this includes all off the job training as well.

What are the entry requirements?

You will need to hold a relevant level GCSE E (grade 2) Maths and English. You will be expected to undertake functional skills at level 2 in these subjects to show progression.

How is it assessed?

Your progress is continually monitored throughout the course. Assessments are arranged when necessary and these take place on-the-job.

Assessments will include:
During your on-programme training you will be assessed throughout the course to complete a Level 2 Diploma for Beauty Professionals - Nail Services Technician qualification. Assessments will include assignments and practical observations.

Once you have achieved the Level 2 diploma, have the required English and maths qualifications and your employer is satisfied that you are consistently working at a level 2 standard, you will be put through for your end point assessment.

The End Point Assessment will consist of three separate components and will typically take place over a 3 month period after you go through the EPA gateway:
- A knowledge test
- An observation including a question and answer session

Upon successfully passing the end point assessment, you will have achieved the Nail Service Technician Apprenticeship Standard.

What financial support is on offer?

While you are on an apprenticeship your employer pays you a salary and supports you whilst you undertake your training

What can I do next?

If you successfully achieve all parts of the apprenticeship, your assessor will discuss with you and your employer the next steps to take. Dependent on your roles and responsibilities, this may be the next level of the subject you have been studying already or a different pathway.

How do I find out more?

Telephone: 01782 254287 (Newcastle office) or 01785 275660 (Stafford office)
Email: apprenticeships@nscg.ac.uk

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